December 18. It is after 6:30. School choir practice was planned; but the generator turned itself off, and Daddy is down there trying to find out what is wrong and get it turned back on. I hear it starting up now, so we’ll pray that it stays on. Daddy is supposed to have Bible school this evening too.
It is after 7:30 now. Daddy couldn’t find the problem, and it got too dark to work on it tonight so he’ll wait until tomorrow when he has daylight. I plugged up the keyboard to the inverter and practiced with the school students for a while – in the office by the solar light. Now they are practicing with the guitar - Phinehas playing. Didn’t want to use the inverter too long for the keyboard as we need it for the computer too.
Amos did a good job in lotu this morning. Seems like he is putting his heart more into studying and is much better prepared now with his presentation. It shows that he is really putting forth an effort to measure up to the qualifications for the ministry.
After lotu, the girls came and did dishes. Daddy turned on the generator for a half hour, and I did a few little tasks on the computer, including making a bulletin board notice for the New Year meetings. Was hoping to get one printed out tonight to see how it is going to look.
After dishes, the girls folded clothes. Then I got out the lace and had them help me make flowers. They did the stitching, and I did the finishing. It certainly went much faster that way. We have 15 flowers finished now. I’ll have them do some more tomorrow.
After they left, I worked on the GIBC power point presentation until dinner time.
Got awakened early from nap when the plane flew over low. Couldn’t get back to sleep again so got up. Daddy did some more drilling on the shelf pieces this afternoon, and I marked X’s on the frame pieces for the bottom shelf. Spent some more time on the presentation after that. Then looked for red material to make bulletin boards for decorations for the special meetings. Was thankful to find a couple pieces just about the right size.
After supper, I got them both put up. Got one bordered with strips of black construction paper and divided it down the middle with sheets of black construction paper.
“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4
December 19. The Lord gave us a nice sunny morning, Quite hot and humid midday and afternoon. Rain late afternoon and evening and raining now.
After breakfast and quiet time this morning, I got the background fixed up on the other bulletin board. The girls came and did dishes, and I practiced keyboard a bit. Then we finished making the flowers. After they left, I strung the flowers together with pieces of straws in between. Then I tacked the string of flowers up around the edges of the bulletin board I had fixed earlier.
Took a picture of the girls making flowers, pictures of the bulletin boards, and some pictures of the men working. The men tried getting the roof on today, but didn’t get very far. They got most of the beams up, but still have some work to do on that. They uncovered the north end of the existing roof so they could work better and join the new beams to the old ones. We took down the world map and the chalkboard - both were on that north wall - so nothing would happen to them. When the rains came, they had to cover that end of the room back up with the roofing iron.
Jaydean came today too and weeded the flower garden. It needed it badly. Tony finally finished cutting the grass and Severah worked on raking.
Daddy tried different ways to fix the generator this morning. A mechanic at the NTM hangar was kind enough to give him some thoughts, and Daddy had some thoughts of his own. The problem, however, is obviously not a simple one. It is a bit disheartening - having the generator work for two months and then mess up.
I almost forgot that I was out of biscuits so it was 11:50 before I got them started. Daddy was busy in the meeting room too so it was close to 12:30 before we ate.
After nap today, I tried screwing the pieces of one of the bookcase frames together, but the wood was too hard so Daddy ended up having to do it while I helped hold the pieces.
After that, I spent some time at the computer, working on the Bible studies in John for school. Then I made spaghetti for supper.
Daddy hooked the old generator back up, so we are using that this evening. Even though the power surges, it stops surging after a while. So the school choir was able to practice this evening. Most of them didn’t get here until 6:45, but the Bible school students didn’t get here until about 7:30 so they had a good 45 minutes to practice.
“6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6,7 (Encouraging verses for today.)
December 20. Just about 7:30 p.m. and raining pretty hard. The men are here for Bible school, but Daddy is waiting for the rain to slow down so they can hear. The school students did not practice singing this evening. Only three students came. They waited until almost 7:00, and nobody else came so they went home.
Spent a good part of the morning making lesson plans for the first week of Bible class and then looking to see what preparations I needed to make. Also got marks made for the screws for another one of the shelf frames for the bookcase, and later Daddy drilled the holes. Later in the morning, I worked on lessons in the study of John. Finished up the one for the first week and made student copies.
After nap, I helped Daddy put the second shelf frame together. Then I cut up a popo for snack. Worked on the next lesson in John and finished it. Got a music lesson written - a review lesson - and made student copies.
After supper, while I was waiting for the students to come practice music, I cut some lined papers to make little note pads for the students to use for sermon notes. After Daddy turned on the generator, I printed out the other two of the special speaker’s messages that Daddy needs to translate.
“Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” Philippians 4:9