Wishes for a Very Special Birthday to a Very Special Dad.
We love you, Daddy!
Thank you so much everyone for praying for Dad and Mom. Mom wrote another email this morning with updates, answers to prayer, and more prayer requests. Here is a short excerpt from her email
Daddy will not be able to go to town for another week, as there are absolutely no planes available. So it will be the 20th when he goes to town. We are getting to the bottom of the barrel on food and other things. We still have plenty of rice so we can eat "Chinese style" for a week or so. Thanks for praying about the transportation need. The Lord’s answer was, Wait another week.
Please keep praying about the weather. The clouds seem to keep hanging around. We have had a few more periods of sunshine the past few days, but even when the sun shines, the air is very cool. So please pray for it to get warm as well.
"How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings." (Psalm 36:7)
This morning we got an email from Mom and Dad. In it were a couple of prayer requests they asked us to pass on. Thanks so much for praying for them. I will just copy/paste here from their email.
We wanted to send this e-mail today so you could put out a couple special prayer requests for us. 1) Could you please have people pray for sunshine. It has been weeks and weeks since we have seen any amount of sunshine. I have had this cold for over five weeks now. It is a lot better, but cannot get it out of my system because the weather is so cold and damp. Daddy has a cold now too, and many people in the village are sick with colds or other things. Even when we’ve had short periods of sunshine, it has not been enough to warm up the air. Sometimes we even feel an icy chill in the air. Daddy and I keep saying that somebody tipped the earth and moved PNG away from the equator. :-) 2) Also please have people pray that Daddy will be able to get to town next Monday. Neither NTM nor MAF have any flights available for this area. The only alternative would be to charter a plane, but that would be way out of our budget. So please pray that the Lord will open up some means for Daddy to get to town and get supplies.
Also, here is one that Mom and Dad did not mention in this email. Christy is planning to send out a package for them today. For the last 8 months, they have not been receiving packages that we send them. They have received some packages that others have sent but not the ones we sent. There are some things in these packages that Mom and Dad really need. Also, their mail is in these packages. Please pray with us that these packages will arrive safely in the town of Goroka where they can be picked up.
Thank you so much for praying and have a blessed day everyone!
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:16b)
July 26. 7:00 p.m. Just finished the dishes. Now it is time to relax again.
Daddy was busy during the night fighting with the rat. It was quite a big one, he said. That rat was bound and determined that it was going to win out. We were bound and determined that it wasn’t. It certainly was a stubborn one. It ate rat poison. It got stuck several times in the glue trap but always got loose. Last night, it set off the rat trap which, so far, has never caught a rat. I figured out that the problem is with the way the trap is designed. If we use the trap again, I’ll stick the bait to the bottom side of the bait holder. Anyway, the rat finally got itself stuck enough onto the glue trap early this morning that Daddy had time to get a stick and whack the rat before it could get away. We are certainly thankful that rat is gone.
Daddy went back to sleep after that, and didn’t wake up until 6:00. He was still getting the fire ready in the wood stove when I got up at 6:10. Today turned out to be the coldest day so far. (I wonder if it will snow tonight. :-) ) Not even any periods of sunshine today, and raining lightly now. Definitely not good weather for getting well. I am praying for sunshine and warmer weather so I can get over this bad cold that I have had for almost four weeks now. We understand that there are quite a few other people who are sick with bad colds, and the ward is full. The health centre is out of pain medicine too.
Firewood is running low so we need to find someone to chop some. Almost everybody is gone right now, however. Most of the village headed for the river this morning to go fishing. They learned from some people on the coast that a certain type of flowers thrown into the water will stun the fish. Then the people are able to catch lots and lots of fish. The Owenians found out that they have the same kind of plant here. So they collected bags and bags of the flowers and took off for a day of fishing. It has been very quiet around here today.
Fixed hot rice cereal for breakfast, and started the laundry right after breakfast. A cold wind blew on my head when I was hanging the clothes out so I came inside to get my hooded jacket on. Even without sunshine, most of the clothes were dry by the time we finished dinner so we got them in. Daddy went out and got the rest after our nap.
After hanging out clothes, it was time to sit down a while. Had been on my feet for a couple hours. Worked on the science lessons for the coming school term. Later in the morning, I got the rest of the uxai ready to cook and put it on the wood stove. I started putting away all the books out of the school room for the time being. A few of them I set aside to read from whenever we teach on those things in science class. Then Daddy moved one of the drums into the guest room for me, and I scrubbed the part of the north wall that is right next to the outside (east) wall. I had done the rest of the north wall before. This afternoon, I did the section of the south wall that is next to the outside wall.
I was planning to get a little longer nap this afternoon, but a pesky fly changed my plans. After getting up, I put away more books. Cut up a popo and enjoyed a banana popo snack. Besides scrubbing more wall in the guest room, I spent more time working on the science lessons. Then I made lemon sugar cookies for Daddy before getting supper.
“2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4
One of the delightful parts of Mom’s journal notes this time was the special closing at the end. We miss them so much and are thankful that God is always with them.
That’s all for tonight. May you have a great day and may the Lord direct all your paths, keep you safe, and meet all your needs. We love you, miss you, and pray for you. Dad & Mom
July 24. Another day like yesterday. At first we thought it was going to warm up. The sun came out for a few minutes, and about mid-morning, I opened a window in the classroom. But then the clouds came back and a cold wind started to blow from the north so I had to put my long-sleeved shirt back on.
Today we reviewed the last Bible lesson and the students took the test. We had a little bit of time to start on the project, and will finish it first thing tomorrow. Had a bit longer English class today so we could finish up the Reading Workbook and the Worksheets. Finished up the math lessons on the 14,7,7 triplet. So when they come back to school, we will start on the 15 family.
This afternoon, I graded today’s lessons and got the report cards ready to give to the students tomorrow. Just as I was about to start fixing supper, Sipora and Jocelyn came by. Sipora said she has a cold too so hasn’t gone out so was eager to get out today. It was good to see them, and we chatted about a half hour before I told them I needed to fix supper.
After supper, Daddy helped me move the table to the corner of the classroom and move the pulpit back to its place on the platform so the room will be ready for lotu in the morning. After dishes, I got refreshments ready for tomorrow and made sure all the game stuff was ready.
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8
July 25. Same kind of weather again today. Wood stove has been going all day. Praise the Lord for the wood stove!
People came at a good time for lotu this morning, and a good number were here today. Some of the younger children were here as they didn’t have school. We understand they are going to go back to school tomorrow.
Somehow Tomas got the impression that he was supposed to preach today and he had prepared something. So Daddy let him go ahead and preach. His message was “God Made Us and We Belong to Him.” It was short, but he did a good job.
We didn’t have any regular classes of school today. The students finished their project first, the one they started yesterday. Then we played a few games. First they had to take Moses to the top of Mount Sinai by answering Bible questions. Then we played an English game where they had to find words that answered a question I asked or rhymed with a certain word or was opposite, whatever the case might be. After those two games, Bethuel wanted to go to the clinic to get his toe taken care of. He has a boil on his toe. I’m glad we have a week and a half break so, hopefully, his toe can be healed by the time school starts again. The rest of the students had refreshments and then we played some more games — ring stack for one, and fit the shapes into the snail. Then a math game — I called an addition or subtraction problem and they had to “write” the problem with number cards and cards with the plus, minus, and equal signs. Whoever “wrote” out the whole problem first with the correct answer got a point for their team. Bonita has really gotten to be a whiz at math. The last game was to find numbers, shapes, letters, and color words on some cardboard blocks that I have. There are two sets of blocks so we had two teams. When I called a number, shape, letter, or color word, the team to find it first and set it upright got a point.
By then it was noon. I gave them their report cards, and they all went home. Then we had our dinner and nap. This afternoon, I cleaned everything out of the guest room (except the bed, of course) to get ready for scrubbing the walls in there. I got tired out quite quickly — probably because I am still fighting this chest cold after 3 1/2 weeks.
After I got too tired to clean anymore, I put into the computer the photos that I had taken this morning in school. That took a while. I forgot to put the dish water on the hot part of the wood stove while we were eating supper. So while it was heating up, I worked on finding a picture for the introductory page for the next section in the science book. Then I did the dishes before coming back to the computer. Daddy is in Bible school tonight with the men.
“20Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20,21
July 22. No rain today, a mixture of clouds and sunshine. This morning after fixing breakfast, eating, and having quiet time, I did a little walking. Then I folded the clothes before working on some science lessons for the coming term.
People came at a good time for lotu today. I was happy to see Sani back again and gave her a big hug. Had a chance to give Paqi a hug today too. She usually is up and gone before I get a chance to shake her hand. She said she is feeling a lot better, but needs to get her strength back. Poor Sawe wasn’t feeling well today. Their pig bit him on the back. It must have bitten him pretty badly as he had quite a large bandage on it.
Daddy preached on Colossians 2:1-6 in the morning meeting and verses 7-10 in the afternoon meeting. There were so many good words of challenge and encouragement in those verses, and he gave lots of cross references too.
After nap today, I got things together for school tomorrow (except for some things that I need to print out tonight) and spent the rest of the afternoon adding and averaging grades for the report cards which they’ll get this week.
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2
July 23. The Lord gave us a foggy morning, followed by overcast and very cool temperatures. The fire has been going all day. The Lord did give us some periods of sunshine this afternoon.
I was so cold in the schoolroom this morning. A cold north wind was blowing in over the wall. Not very helpful when battling a cold. Graham has a bad cold too, and I could tell he did not feel well. He did not come to church yesterday. I gave him a couple aspirin before school started, and that seemed to help him.
This morning, I made pancakes for myself — corn pancakes. I only had to make Daddy’s yesterday, as I still had a couple left over from last week.
We reviewed several verses in Bible class today, and I gave the students a review sheet if they want to study and quote all the verses from this term and earn a prize. Then I took them to the bookshelf and had one of the long-time students tell the new students how to take care of the books. Told them all that if new students come, it is their responsibility to show them how to take care of the books. After that, we reviewed and finished the Bible lesson we started last week. Tomorrow we’ll review again and then have the test. Then, if time, we’ll do a project.
Even though I hadn’t given out verse reminders last week for Psalm 118:24 in English, all the students said the verse from memory this morning. I was pleasantly surprised. We reviewed all the short and long syllables, then all the spelling words that they are to be studying for the test tomorrow. Then we did the last lesson in the first phonics book. After a short break, we finished the story Morning on the Farm. They really enjoyed that book with all the animal sounds.
After school, Esau stayed and cut firewood. We had our sandwiches for lunch because I didn’t have anything cooked for a big meal. After nap, I graded papers and recorded grades. I put some potatoes in the wood stove oven to bake; but, after an hour, they still were half-baked or less, so I put them in the pressure cooker to finish. Peeled and cooked the rest of the carrots too. Got everything together for school tomorrow. Put some pictures in the computer and set them up to send to Christy and Connie for printing.
While we were eating supper and I was doing dishes, my bath water was heating on the wood stove. I was thankful to get a bath early because the temperature is quickly dropping.
“5Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:5,6
July 20. Another very dry day, a mixture of clouds and sunshine. Daddy kept the fire going most of the morning, but we did not need it this afternoon.
After breakfast and quiet time, I put a pot of rice on the wood stove to cook for supper and also boiled some eggs for our egg salad sandwiches for lunch. This afternoon, I prepared uxai, carrots, and broccoli to go with the rice for supper.
Most of the students were late for class again this morning. Only Bonita and Bethuel were here on time, so the three of us started class. In English class today, we started memorizing Psalm 118:24, then singing it, so now they can sing the song in three languages.
There was lots of grade recording to do today as, at the end of the week, I enter all the grades from the week’s work in the math workbook. This afternoon I started lesson plans for this coming week. Only had two days to plan for and then a fun day is in the plans for Wednesday. Have a couple ideas for that, but need to work on some more.
“14Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.” Hebrews 12:14-17
July 21. It was very foggy when we got up this morning and drizzling too. I wondered what kind of a day it would be for drying clothes. A good number were here for lotu this morning. Matthew taught a short lesson from Matthew 26:65-70, about Peter’s denial of Christ. He had two applications. One had to do with standing firm in the face of trials. The other had to do with being forever left outside of God’s kingdom where there will be eternal weeping.
After lotu, I asked the ladies about Sani A. She hasn’t been in church for a couple weeks so they said they would go visit her. I told the ladies I was going to wash clothes and wondered if the sun would come out or if we would get more rain. They said they had burned off kunai yesterday so the sun would come out in a little while.
Then it was time to wash clothes. It had been a whole week so there were lots of little items. I waited until after the week’s wash before I changed the bedsheets. I was surprised that it didn’t take that long to hang them out. It felt good to get out in the sunshine. The ladies were right about the weather.
After hanging the clothes, I cleaned the chalkboard and then planned games for the end of term fun day next week. Worked on the game plans and gathering material for them most of the afternoon, except for making popo crisp for Daddy and cooking up my popo for pancakes tomorrow morning.
While we were eating supper, the LP ran out before the dish water finished heating. It had been 13 weeks since we last changed it so we praise the Lord for keeping our “cruse of oil” from running out until now. I finished supper and cleared up the table; and while I was waiting for the dish water to finish heating, I cleaned the bathroom. I had planned to do that after dishes, but it was nice to get it done before. There were hardly any dishes to wash tonight so that was nice too.
“28Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28,29
Lewis and Judy Young
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