Dad and Mom and the church in Owena have two more days of important and exciting meetings left. Thank you for praying!
Dad and Mom and the church in Owena have two more days of important and exciting meetings left. Thank you for praying!
Thanks to all of you who prayed for my dad. He was able to talk to a doctor the day after he had his scary incident. The doctor does not think he had a heart attack. He thinks that the blood pressure dropped in my dad's head causing him to faint. When he goes out to town again in a few weeks, he will see a doctor and is supposed to get an EKG. Dad still experiences a good bit of weakness, possibly due to hitting his head, which he struck on the edge of the bathtub when he passed out and fell down.
With the Lord's help, Dad still plans to preach the special meetings. Mom sent an email this morning with a little more information and some things to pray for in regard to these meetings, and I thought I'd share them here. Thank you again for praying.
Special meetings start on Sunday – two meetings each day Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday; one meeting Wednesday morning, followed by a fellowship dinner and then the baptism. Right now there are five who will be baptized as two more young people were saved last Saturday. What a blessing to see these young people getting saved! How we wish there were someone to teach them and prepare their lives for serving Him! I am so thankful for the opportunity to help mold nine of these young people in our Christian school. But there are so many more young people who need guidance and encouragements in their Christian lives and many more who still need to be saved. There are quite a few young people who attend GIBC.
Please be much in prayer for the special meetings – for Daddy as he preaches (he has not felt very strong since he fell a week ago), for souls to be saved, for believers to be stirred up to live whole-heartedly for the Lord. And for me as I play for the two choirs. I don’t play that well as it is, and when I get nervous it is easy to mess things up even more. I want things to sound nice and the Lord to be glorified.
Please pray for my dad. He had a rather scary incident last night. His heart was acting up somewhat. He got up to use the restroom, but when he stood up everything seemed to go black like it does sometimes when you stand up too fast. Then suddenly he had a bad pain in the back of his head. He also noticed that there seemed to be a light up on the shelf.
Dad wondered, "What is a light doing up on the shelf?" Then he realized that he was lying on the floor. Apparently he had passed out and hit his head on something. That is what was causing the pain in the back of his head. He is doing a bit better now, but his heartbeat is still a little irregular, and he does have some chest pain. He doesn't go out to town for another three weeks.
Please pray as very important special meetings are coming up for the church around New Years. Dad really needs strength from the Lord if he is to be able to preach these meetings.
We don't know if he has something like A-Fib, had a mild heart attack, or the enemy is just fighting hard against the Lord's work. But we know that the Lord is in control. If God wants these special meetings to take place, God will raise Dad back up and give him strength.
"The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him." (Psalm 28:7)
December 21. I was really tired last night and slept hard. Woke up to the sound of rain this morning. It was so warm that I did not even put my jacket or extra pair of socks on this morning. Even Daddy didn’t wear his heavy sweater and long-sleeved shirt. That is unusual for him. The day was very hot and humid. We were thankful for wind and clouds this afternoon. The clouds were high and not too black and did not look like they would bring rain. There is a lot of thunder rumbling in the distance this evening.
After breakfast, quiet time, and walking this morning, I finished putting Pidgin and Owena words on a couple music sheets so I can play and help the school students practice. Daddy turned on the generator for just a few minutes so I could print them out. Then it was time for school. In Bible class, we reviewed yesterday’s lesson and then sang the song “Twelpela Disaipel” which I wrote last evening so they can start memorizing the names of the twelve disciples. We did another short section of the lesson and then practiced music.
We finished phonics class early because I did not want to start a new lesson before the holidays. We also finished English class early after I gave them a spelling quiz and they wrote a little story. So school ended about 11:30 today. They will have two weeks’ holiday and resume classes on January 7. Next week, however, they plan to come at 7:00 each morning to practice music for the special meetings. My, how I wish someone with good music knowledge could come and work with these young people! They love to sing and some of them have lovely voices. Bonita has a lovely soprano voice. Steve has a nice, clear voice although it is in transition right now, starting to change to a lower voice. Graham has a nice strong bass voice, and so does Dallas. And Esau has a strong deep bass voice. Sosthenes has a good voice too. I just wish I had more young ladies so we could have a stronger soprano section. Sunny and Phinehas joined the soprano/tenor section, but neither of them have very strong voices.
For dinner, I fixed mashed potatoes for Daddy and veggie patties for myself, and we had leftover pumpkin. I enjoyed a nice long nap today. I was very tired after a super busy week. After I got up, I had a nice chilled drink of apple/blackcurrant juice. Erisapet’s mother came to get some plastic bags to put her peanuts in that she is harvesting. After she left, Neomi’s mother came by with some uxai and stayed to visit a while. I read to her from John - the corrected version of John chapter 3. When she left, I washed and cut up a popo before getting busy correcting papers and recording grades. Some of the students were quite careless today and didn’t finish some parts of their lessons. Maybe they were anxious for the holidays and were in too big of a hurry to get done.
When the grading was done this afternoon and their books put away, Kristina and children came for a visit. Daniela brought me a little handful of spring onions. Betty was with them. She is home from school in town after completing seventh grade. Will be in 8th grade at the beginning of next year. By the time they left, it was time to fix supper.
“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” Luke 6:26
December 20. It has been a somewhat trying day. So many knocks on the door today, it has been hard to get much done. It has been that way pretty much all week. With the games going on out here at the foot of the airstrip, there are lots of people around. We just need to remind ourselves that each knock is an opportunity to touch somebody’s life. We are thankful for David and Amos who have been down at the games preaching.
This morning, I made rice cereal for breakfast. Had a little time to walk and pray this morning after breakfast and Bible reading. Then I swept the school room as there was a lot of rubbish that had been tracked in yesterday. Then I practiced keyboard for a little while before school started.
Now it is about 8:00. Esau and Phinehas just left after math practice. They are both improving so I am happy to see that.
We had leftover spaghetti and uxai for dinner to day. There was still a little bit of leftover spaghetti after that so Daddy finished it up for supper. I made patties with the leftover rice from the other day and finished that up for supper.
After dinner, Phinehas and Dallas came for keyboard class. They seem to finally be catching on. It was nearly 2:00 before we lay down for nap. I only slept a half hour, and then found that my mind was doing too much thinking. So I knew it was time to get up and get busy. Finished correcting today’s work and recording grades. Then got class materials ready for tomorrow. There were a number of other things I had hoped to accomplish; but after all the times I got up to answer the door, the time just vanished.
I had wanted to wash and cook up the greens that someone had brought yesterday, but never got time to do that. So another little batch of greens had to be thrown out. They would not have been any good tomorrow. I had also hoped to husk the corn someone brought yesterday, but didn’t get that done either. Daddy ground corn this afternoon so I had the cornmeal to put away and the grinder to clean out. I also had some corn that had just finished drying to put in the jar.
Now I am going to go get a bath since it has been a very sweaty day. It did not get as cold last night - in the low 50’s instead of the mid 40’s.
“20And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. 21Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. 22Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. 23Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.” Luke 6:20-23
December 19. By the time I finished choir practice last night, I was really tired. So I did not do any more work at the computer. Consequently I forgot to finish reading my chapter in Luke so didn’t add a verse to last night’s journal entry.
Yes, it was cold again this morning. Same as yesterday morning. We were thankful for sunshine to warm things up, and for the wood stove, too. It has been hot this afternoon, close to 90º. But it is cooling down again now. If it stays clear, it will probably get cold again.
It was 7:30 before lotu started this morning. Can’t blame people for not wanting to leave their firesides on cold mornings like this. While I was waiting, I drew a dragon on the theme verse visual for the special meetings, and also drew some riders on the horses. Now, I believe, it is ready to be painted.
Dallas had charge of song time. Then Daddy taught on a couple more things we have in Christ - the hope of the resurrection and rewards in heaven. Amos took charge of prayer time. He said that yesterday he started doing some public preaching at the market. I guess they are having a market again somewhere, I think down here at the bottom of the airstrip where some annual games are taking place. Daddy said he thinks they are playing rugby. There have been a lot of people down there the past few days - players and spectators. Amos said it was hard for him the first time, but the Lord helped him. So we praise the Lord for that answer to prayer.
Classes went well today, although some of the new material was difficult for everyone. The new blends in phonics class were harder for them to hear and spell than the others have been. And in English class, they had to look up some Bible verses and find and write answers to three questions that were in their textbook. Even with my help, it took them a long time to finish that short assignment.
After school Graham and Sosthenes stayed and cut firewood. We had leftover spaghetti and pumpkin for dinner. I was grateful for an undisturbed nap today. After I got up, I washed my hair. Then cut up a popo for snack. And then graded papers. Was thankful that I did not have as many papers to correct and grading to do today. When I finished that, I painted Connie’s shelf top yellow to go with her desk top. Put some eggs on to boil for egg salad for supper. Got the work table cleared off so Daddy could take it out to the other room for Bible school this evening.
After supper and dishes, I marked Daddy’s notebook where the blanks are on the student lessons. Then I printed out the student lessons. The laser printer ran out of ink, and we do not have another cartridge so had to finish the printing on the Canon.
I was just starting to write in my journal when Phinehas and Esau showed up for math practice. Phinehas has improved quite a bit. Esau is doing better as long as he is not under pressure with a time limit. They both just need to get down some of their facts more accurately.
“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” Luke 6:12
December 17. Woke up to a cold low 50’s this morning. It wasn’t sunny like yesterday though, and stayed overcast and very cool most of the morning and into the early afternoon. We did have a little more sunshine this afternoon, but there is a chill in the air this evening so it will probably get cold again tonight.
All but three of the kids were late for school today. Even I was a couple minutes late. I had plenty of time to do other things, but forgot to watch the clock. It was a good thing Daddy said something.
Only had a short nap today as there were lots of young people and children around making noise. They were playing ball and kept coming to get drinks of water. So I got up and got papers graded and grades recorded. Got everything ready for school tomorrow. Found music for songs the students want to sing during the special meetings. Washed a pumpkin for Daddy to cut up. Got it peeled and put on to cook. Made chocolate chip cookie bars for Daddy and got supper on the table.
“And he left all, rose up, and followed him.” Luke 5:28
December 18. It was getting quite chilly when we went to bed last night so we figured it would be another cold morning. I put the extra quilt on my side of the bed, and I was glad I did. The temperature was down to the mid-forties by morning. The Lord did send us more sunshine today which helped warm the house up fairly quickly, although it didn’t get really warm until late afternoon. The sky is fiery red this evening, but I am too tired to go out and take a picture. I only have a few minutes to relax before people come for choir practice.
This morning after breakfast and quiet time, I did some dusting and some rearranging in the bathroom. Then I did a little more drawing on the theme verse banner for the special meetings.
We spent most of our Bible class this morning practicing music for the special meetings. They have five songs they want to sing, with verses to recite that go with the songs. Don’t know if they will be able to sing all of them or not, but we will be prepared anyway. Next week when there is no school, there should be more time to practice.
I was thankful that we were able to cover a good bit of material in phonics class. Now that we do not do spelling in that class, we are able to cover more. We did a lot of drill in math class today. And in science class, we started studying unit four, Day Four of creation, talking about the sun and God’s purposes for giving us the sun.
There were lots of lessons and papers to correct today so that took a good part of the afternoon. Then I got things ready for tomorrow before making spaghetti for supper. Also husked and cut up a few uxai and washed and cut up some spring onions to cook with them.
After doing dishes, I had to clean out the bottom of the freezer. Meat juice had run down under the bags of bread, but apparently into one of the bags. So I had to get a clean bag out, and put all the loaves of bread in a different bag. One of the loaves of bread must have had a hole in its wrapper because the bottom crust had soaked up some meat juice. So Daddy put all that bread into a different wrapper and threw away the infected piece.
I had hoped to get a chance to practice keyboard, but time got away, and I needed to sit down and relax a bit before people get here for choir.
December 15. The Lord gave us a lovely day today. I did not get up until 6:30 this morning. I was eating my breakfast when lotu started and thought I would go out later to the meeting. But when I finished eating, I felt tired again and went to sleep in the recliner. Got up when Daddy came back in from lotu. He started the generator and I started laundry. Put clean sheets on the bed while the laundry was going. Put a pot of rice on the wood stove to cook. Then started cleaning the bathroom. Just had the sink and countertop left to clean after I hung out the clothes. It felt good to get outside in the sunshine for a while.
After I came in, I sat down a few minutes and had an emergen-C drink. And after I cleaned the bathroom sink, I worked on lesson plans until time to get dinner. Cooked up one of the chunks of ground beef and made a gravy with it to go on our rice. Warmed up the leftover greens and uxai. I did not eat any meat today. We gave the two leftover lamb patties to Wan. He had come this morning, and he and Daddy tried to assess the problem with the leaks in the meeting room. They worked on that until noon. I do hope that they have gotten things figured out, or soon will.
After dinner, we got the clothes in and had our nap. The rest of the afternoon, I worked on lesson plans and finished those just before supper. Daddy spent some time trying to send and receive e-mails. He was able to receive, but we still haven’t been able to get that other one sent that we tried to send last night.
I was thankful that there weren’t very many dishes this evening. After dishes, I cleaned off the shelf above the toilet. Sprayed the tub, and Daddy wiped it out for me. Got the chalkboard washed and the pulpit and offering box wiped off.
“ And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. “ Luke 5:11
December 16. The Lord gave us a very lovely, perfect day. The skies were so clear and blue first thing in the morning. Daddy went out and took a few pictures of the mountains with the blue sky above. We could see the far mountains that we rarely see. There was no smoke from fires to becloud the scenery.
Woke up a little early this morning (Daddy was still building the fire in the wood stove) so got up and got started on the pancakes. While pancakes were cooking, I got the bed made and started folding yesterday’s laundry. Daddy had his breakfast first, and then I got mine ready - corn/oat/wheat pancakes today with a few pumpkin seeds (they were in the granola) and apricot syrup. Then I was able to sit down and eat and have quiet time. Afterward, I finished folding and putting away the clothes. Then Daddy turned on the generator, and I did some printing before doing a bit of work in the computer.
Daddy checked our Digicel modem and found out we only had 87 toea left on it. It’s a good thing he checked it before I tried sending more e-mails. He added another K20 so we’re set to go again.
Daddy preached this morning and afternoon on the rest of I Corinthians 4 - verses 9 through the end. The applications were much needed for these days of trial that a number of church members have been facing.
Daddy was long-winded during the first meeting. It was already 12:20 when people went out for a break. I warmed up our dinner, and we ate. By the time they started the second meeting (going on 2:00), I was ready for a nap. I think I heard them sing part of a song, and I woke up a couple times for a few minutes and heard a few words of preaching. An hour later, Daddy came in for a short nap, and I was ready to get up. I got everything ready for school tomorrow. Then I looked for a piece of material on which to paint the theme verse for our special meetings (II Timothy 3:1). Got the verse marked out in pencil this evening, ready for painting, probably with markers.
Also today I finally got the embellishments (a few beads) on the crocheted bag I had made for Judy.
This evening, people are here for soul-winning class.
“And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.” Luke 5:16
December 7. Whew! It is after 9:30 already. Just finished planning lessons for next week. Haven’t had much time in class to grade papers or start lesson plans. They are learning a lot of new ways of doing things this year so need special attention to make sure they are doing things right.
It has been another dry day, but not as hot. The skies clouded up this afternoon, looking like rain, but only a few drops fell out of the sky. Not enough to get the ground wet. Daddy said that on the news they said that the Fly River is getting so low from lack of rain that they may have to close the Ok Tedi gold mine.
After reviewing our Bible lesson for the week, we started the music lesson in Bible class today. Only had time to cover the first section so the rest will be our first couple days’ lessons next week. I’ll have to make the lessons a little shorter next time. In phonics we reviewed the long vowel rules and practiced spelling words with long vowels. In English, they learned about the phrase.
The students went and picked coffee for Amos this afternoon. That was their work for the volley ball which Amos paid for.
Spent most of the afternoon after nap working on lesson plans as well as catching a drippy nose every few minutes. Continued with lesson plans this evening. Also Phinehas and Esau came for extra math drill.
“That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.” Luke 1:4
December 5. It is almost 7:30. I just finished doing the dishes. It has been quite a busy day, but a good day. Daddy is waiting for the men to come for Bible school. Two of them are here, and I just heard the door open so maybe now there are three.
It has been another hot, dry, sweaty day too, yet with strong winds again in the afternoon. Early this morning, they called out for people to work on the airstrip. We thought the ground would be too hard after all this dry weather, but Daddy said it wasn’t too bad. He said about 25 men came and worked on filling in low places and making the strip so it isn’t so rough.
There was lotu this morning so no time to work on translation. However, people came a little bit late so I did have time to do a little walking and more praying. Our first class today was phonics. We went through the syllable chart again, this time having each one say all the syllables with long vowels. Then I had them write. The biggest trouble spots seem to be hearing the difference between the voiced and voiceless stops, short e and short a, short i and long e, and l and r. In math, we reviewed the 10 toea coin, and the 11-13 addition and subtraction facts. And in English, we finished lesson one on the sentence and then started lesson one in their spelling workbooks. I think they are going to enjoy the spelling lessons.
I had a lot more papers to correct this afternoon so it took a while to finish that and then make sure everything is ready for tomorrow. Then I cooked up some onions, mushrooms, and lamb mince and made a gravy. Added the leftover rice and veggies, and voila! There was our supper. I didn’t start dishes right away because I had a feeling that Phinehas and Esau would show up about that time. I had waited for them in the afternoon so I could work with them on their math facts, but they didn’t show up. They did come shortly after supper so I was glad I wasn’t in the middle of doing dishes. Just before they came, however, Graham came in and wanted to get saved. Daddy was out starting the generator so I talked with Graham until Daddy came back in. Graham said that the Lord had used one of the songs the choir is practicing to get his attention and help him think about his lost condition. I talked with him about repentance and what it means, and it seemed that he clearly understood and was ready to be saved. When Daddy came back in, he finished talking to Graham, and I worked with Phinehas and Esau on their math facts. Yes, Graham did get saved, and I am so excited. Now five of my students are safe in the fold. I will keep praying for the others to be saved.
“And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.” Mark 14:3
December 6. Still very dry, warm weather. Close to 90º today.
We finished school a bit early today -- after they did the exercises in their science lesson. It is the end of unit 3 so there was no more to go on to after that, except to study for the unit 3 test. I will have them study for that next Tuesday.
After school, Sunny and Bonita prepared some veggies for me to cook for supper. I graded papers, as I was expecting the three keyboard students to come. I finished grading papers, and they still hadn’t come so I fixed our lunch. They still didn’t show up so we went ahead and had our nap.
When we woke up after nap, we heard voices outside that sounded like Phinehas and Dallas and Philemon. It was. So we had our keyboard class. After that, I washed my hair. Then I peeled potatoes to cook for Daddy for supper and got materials together for tomorrow’s lessons while I was waiting for supper to cook. This evening, I finished looking over tomorrow’s lessons, did some photo copying, and then Phinehas came for math drill. Esau said he was going to come, but he did not show up.
After Phinehas left, I had my snack and bath.
“And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” Mark 16:20
Lewis and Judy Young
This clock shows the time in Papua New Guinea - 14 hours ahead of Easter Standard Time during Daylight Savings. And 15 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time the rest of the year.
Owena Saints to