December 3. A very hot day. Dry again too. People are starting to talk about how hot it is. Since Daddy has been studying on The Last Days for the special meetings, he has remarked, “Some of these people are going to find it a lot hotter during the tribulation.”
Today was the first day of school, Grade 4, Glory Christian school. Didn’t get to bed until almost 11:00 last night. There was lots to do to get the other room ready after people left soul-winning class. Then I needed a bath. And after that we had our devotions and went to bed. Before 5:00 I was awake so had some time to pray in bed before I dozed off again. Got up about 5:40. Warmed up pancakes for breakfast and cooked eggs for Daddy. Had quiet time and walking time. Got out new pencils and erasers for the school students. Had about a half hour before school to work on Revelation.
All the students were here early, and we started right at 8:00. After prayer and a song, we spent some time on orientation, going over the schedule for the year. Then we read through John 3:1-21 together, each of them taking turns in reading the verses. All of them did really well. I was surprised how well Bethuel did. I gave them a reading assignment in the book of Exodus, and we had a brief introduction to this week’s lesson, but did not have time to start the lesson.
Only two of the fathers came for phonics class. We did review of the alphabet and sounds of the letters today. First I had them write the alphabet. Then they had to call the names and sounds of letters as they saw them on the flash cards and give a word that started with each letter. I also had them practice writing some spelling words on the chalkboard. They are a little rusty. I wanted them to do some reading too, but there wasn’t time.
After recess they had math. The lessons (at least at the beginning) are short review lessons so they did two lessons today. Last class was English grammar, and they started learning about the sentence.
Afterward Sunny and Bonita stayed and folded clothes and sorted out plastic bags.
While they were doing that, I warmed up dinner, and we ate. I was really tired at nap time after a short night’s sleep. I was glad Daddy came and got me up before I slept too long because there was lots to do. When I got up, I cut up a popo for snack. Then I graded the students’ math books, looked over lessons for tomorrow, and got things together for tomorrow’s lessons. This evening, I need to print some things for tomorrow’s lessons also.
“29And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. 32And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: 33And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. 34And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.” Mark 12:29-34
December 4. It has been another very warm and sweaty day, although the Lord did send us some wind today which helped it not to feel quite so hot.
Early this morning, a big group of ladies went singsinging through the village. Nobody seemed to know who they were or what was going on. Later we found out that they were a “revival” group headed for Tainaraba. Yes, I’m afraid they do need revival.
After breakfast and quiet time, and before school this morning, there was time for walking and then time for working on the translation of Revelation. I was thankful for that.
All the students already knew verse one of John three this morning. Of course, it is a short verse, but that is a good way to start. On Thursday, we will start learning verse two. No Bible class tomorrow as there will be lotu in the morning.
We did about 20 minutes of review reading in Phonics/Reading/Writing class this morning and spent the rest of the time reviewing the short vowel syllables. The students did two lessons again in math class.
The students did a lot of reading in science class today, reviewing all that we had covered in unit three last year. Then we started on the last section of the unit.
After school I had Bonita peel and cut up carrots and husk and cut up uxai. Sunny was still working on her math.
After nap, the math books needed to be graded, and lesson materials needed to be made ready for tomorrow. Then I got the veggies cooked for supper and warmed up the leftover rice and chicken. I was thankful there were only a few dishes tonight as I needed to practice keyboard before choir practice tonight. People are starting to arrive now for choir practice.
“31Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 32But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. 33Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.” Mark 13:31-33