March 12. The Lord gave us a lovely day today. Lots of sunshine. It was very warm this afternoon. Late this afternoon, the skies turned very black. We had only a few sprinkles of rain, but we could hear hard rain falling up in the forest. The sky was really pretty with dark gray clouds, light gray, white, pink, yellow, and the sun shining through. There was thunder and lightning as has been the pattern for the past few days. We have also had tremors every day for the past three days.
Up about 6:00 this morning. I was happy to get up even though I still felt tired. It seemed like a long night with lots of bad dreams that kept waking me up.
Had a lemon soda drink and then went out to hang clothes. Enjoyed the fresh air, watching the clouds move away and the blue sky appear, and the quiet time to talk with the Lord.
Came back in and warmed up pancakes for my breakfast. After eating, I went to lotu. Amos preached this morning on Acts 5:12-16. David took prayer points this morning. Bethel came and sat on my lap for a while. There were no Marivo people here today. We understand that they are all down at the river.
Had an earlier start on classes this morning and were able to get quite a bit done in phonics class and still have an early recess. The students seem to really be enjoying the story of Joseph, and I was very pleased today with how they answered the questions. They actually listened to what was asked and answered correctly instead of just reading some line in the book that they thought might be the answer. They made much better sentences today than usual.
Many of them are not getting their pronouns well in English grammar, however. Maybe one of these days.
After school, Graham, Francis, and Phinehas cut firewood. They worked most of the afternoon and got hungry. So in the middle of the afternoon, I fixed them each a pack of Maggi noodles and gave them each a couple bananas and a pack of Marie biscuits. Then they went back to work until about 5:00.
We were able to get to nap about 1:00 today which was a blessing as there was a lot to do afterward - grading, recording grades, getting things ready for tomorrow (still have a little bit of that to do), and preparing a meal - pumpkin, uxai, and a pot of rice and soup beans with tuna and sautéed onion.
There were quite a few dishes to do this evening so I am vey thankful to be sitting down now.
Soon the men will be coming for Bible school.
“For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14
March 13. The Lord gave us another lovely, sunny morning. We are thankful for His love and blessings. This afternoon turned cloudy, but it has not been cold or rainy.
Daddy is teaching Bible school right now. They should finish up their course on music this evening. Then, I think, they will have one more evening so they can work together on their assignment, analyzing some songs. Then these men will be finished with their second year Bible school, except for the soul-winning classes which will continue on Sunday evenings for a while yet.
Betty came back to visit school again today and yesterday. However, I have learned that she has not learned multiplication facts, among other things, so she will never be able to keep up with our classes. Francis, on the other hand, seems to know what is going on and seems to catch on quickly to new things as well. I will need to talk with him to have him make a decision about whether or not he is going to join as a full-time student.
The students really enjoyed seeing the pictures of the cotton fields that Christy and Connie sent and also the picture of the giant kapok tree.
There was lots of grading and recording of grades to do again today, and I slept MUCH longer at nap time than I had anticipated. I was having pleasant dreams too. But that didn’t help get work done. :-) Also had to make biscuits for supper as my biscuits were all gone.
After supper, while dish water was heating, I worked on getting things together for tomorrow’s classes. Finished that after dishes and also practiced keyboard until the men were ready to start Bible school.
“17And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.” Hebrews 10:17,18 (See Hebrews 8:12)
March 14. The Lord gave us a lovely day today. We heard a little rain during the night, and the ground was wet this morning, but there was no rain today.
Bonita, Peninnah, Bethuel, Steve, and Tania did an excellent job on their monologues today.
Many of the students had quite a struggle with their English lesson today. After all the work we’ve done on pronouns, some of the students didn’t seem to have a clue what was going on. So I will need to do some kind of review and make up a test before we go on to the plural pronouns. There is no test provided until all the pronouns are taught.
After finishing grading and recording grades this afternoon, I started on lesson plans for next week. After supper and dishes, I finished the lesson plans and am thankful to have that all done already.
Daddy and the men are finishing up Bible school this evening. They have finally come to the end of second year Bible school after a year and about eight months.
“19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21And having an high priest over the house of God; 22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:19-22