February 24. Praise the Lord for His blessings today! We were up early to do laundry. The meetings were late getting started because people were busy preparing food for the fellowship dinner. It was about 10:30 when they started, and Daddy preached a salvation message. There were no visitors other than Gibson and Aiqdo. However, everyone was happy to hear the message again — it is like a new message to them. They just felt badly that nobody else came to hear, that “the other man” is preventing people from hearing the truth, they said. Daddy told them that Satan is just using “the other man” to keep these people in darkness. [Some] People have been talking about their foolishness and have had every opportunity to come and hear why they are so foolish, but almost nobody came. The people themselves enjoyed these two days though, just to fellowship with each other and talk about the Lord and about their salvation.
Daddy was still somewhat tired out today. He tried cutting some plywood for me this morning while he was waiting for meeting time, but didn’t get much cutting done before he felt worn out. So it was good that he only had one meeting to preach. He gave an invitation and told people, if they just wanted to think about what they heard, they didn’t need to sing.
After their dinner, five men gave testimonies during the afternoon meeting — Eric, Matyu A., Tomas, David, and Matyu Y. Then they came down here to get pictures taken before going down to the baptismal waters. There were 13 baptized all together — the five mentioned above, plus Memedyi, Peter, Mata, Apekio, Silvia, Taina, Penina, and Yanahdo. It was a day for rejoicing.
Because of the wind, I stayed home, but could hear the preaching and testimonies from here. I spent most of the morning and part of the afternoon working on a Pidgin outline for the book of Romans.
“1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” I Corinthians 13:1-3
February 25. A few sprinkles of rain during the night. Both of us went to bed early last night. We have been feeling wiped out, especially Daddy. Didn’t feel like doing a whole lot today either.
People came on time for lotu this morning. Amos had charge and gave a good little challenge on going out to reach others. [Please be in prayer] as these men have a long way to go before they will be ready for full time ministry. A lot of their thinking needs to change yet. They have brought a lot of baggage with them from the past.
This morning I folded yesterday’s clothes and put them away. Daddy did manage to finish sawing the pieces of plywood to border the fake window in our bedroom. I finally finished the students’ soul-winning lesson I was trying to revise so it had blanks for them to fill in. Daddy cut up a pumpkin for me, and I cooked it for dinner to go with our leftover spaghetti. We have enough spaghetti left for tomorrow too.
Beni came and cut firewood.
Daddy and I were thankful for a nice long nap.
Amanda’s mother came with cucumbers. This is the first time she has been to our new house.
This afternoon, I sanded the pieces of plywood Daddy cut and put the first coat of paint on them. After snack, I got the church membership record book up to date, got announcements ready for tomorrow, and redid the membership list to print out for the members. GIBC now has 25 members. Praise the Lord for His goodness!
Before supper, I went out and burned the trash.
Matyu was here getting water tonight and was sharing a bit about his conversations with Pita (from Marivo) the other day, and with Ken (also from Marivo) this evening. Both of them were telling Matyu about how they had gotten their lives straightened out and were back in church. Matyu took advantage of the opportunity to ask them some questions to get them thinking. Do you know what “repentance” means? Do you know what “faith” is? And lots of other questions. He also shared his personal testimony about his baptism yesterday to get them wondering why.
“Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.” I Corinthians 14:20
May all your days be filled with praise
As on the Savior’s face you gaze.