June 1. May 31 got missed last night. My computer time ran out before I got to “Dear journal.” Last night was pay night for the translators. I had all their envelopes ready with their pay, when I all of a sudden realized that I had figured their wages on the old scale instead of the new one. So I had to take time out to refigure and then make changes in what I had put in the envelopes. Then when translation time was over and their pay was given out, Daddy needed help giving out trade items to those who wanted to buy things. So I shut down the computer for the evening and went to help him with that.
Yesterday went pretty well in school. I gave the students a term test in Bible. I didn’t realize I had skipped one question when asking the questions until I was correcting their papers and noticed that no one had answered question number seven. So I called them one by one and asked them the question and let them mark their answer.
Today I gave the wrong instructions on one section of their math page. Then I forgot to introduce the six add family. Ah, me! What will I do wrong tomorrow? Nothng, I hope.
Devit came and worked on typing again today; but the computer battery went kaput so he had to quit. Daddy put the new computer battery in. It has to be charged for ten hours before it can be used without electric power. Devit put his name down for Bible school so we were thankful for that.
“….Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:1
“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” 2 Timothy 2:3
“But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions,” 2 Timothy 4:5
June 2. A lovely dry season day.
Daddy continued teaching this morning on The Prerequisites to Knowing the Will of God.
School went a bit overtime this morning. We only had two classes — tokples and math — but there was a lot of material to cover. We didn’t even get to all of it.
Fight on! For God Himself is with you; Jehovah Nissi is your banner, and Jehovah Rophi is the healer of your wounds. Fear not, you shall overcome, for who can defeat Omnipotence? Fight on, "looking unto Jesus"; and though long and stern be the conflict, sweet will be the victory, and glorious the promised reward.
"From strength to strength go on;
Wrestle, and fight, and pray,
Tread all the powers of darkness down,
And win the well-fought day." —Morning and Evening
"Good Master." Matthew 19:16
If the young man in the gospel used this title in speaking to our Lord, how much more fitly may I thus address Him! He is indeed my Master in both senses, a ruling Master and a teaching Master. I delight to run upon His errands, and to sit at His feet. I am both His servant and His disciple, and count it my highest honour to own the double character. If He should ask me why I call Him "good," I should have a ready answer. It is true that "there is none good but one, that is, God," but then He is God, and all the goodness of Deity shines forth in Him. In my experience, I have found Him good, so good, indeed, that all the good I have has come to me through Him. He was good to me when I was dead in sin, for He raised me by His Spirit's power; He has been good to me in all my needs, trials, struggles, and sorrows. Never could there be a better Master, for His service is freedom, His rule is love: I wish I were one thousandth part as good a servant. When He teaches me as my Rabbi, He is unspeakably good, His doctrine is divine, His manner is condescending, His spirit is gentleness itself. No error mingles with His instruction — pure is the golden truth which He brings forth, and all His teachings lead to goodness, sanctifying as well as edifying the disciple. Angels find Him a good Master and delight to pay their homage at His footstool. The ancient saints proved Him to be a good Master, and each of them rejoiced to sing, "I am Thy servant, O Lord!" My own humble testimony must certainly be to the same effect. I will bear this witness before my friends and neighbours, for possibly they may be led by my testimony to seek my Lord Jesus as their Master. O that they would do so! They would never repent so wise a deed. If they would but take His easy yoke, they would find themselves in so royal a service that they would enlist in it for ever. —Morning and Evening
June 4. Yesterday’s events seem to have slipped from my memory. I didn’t get a chance to write in my journal last night. The evening was quite busy with school preparations. It was a bit hard to keep order today, as the plane kept coming and going. And Manila was anxious to go see his father who came in on the plane today.
Otherwise the children did well in their lessons. And we had a little fun with some games, and actng out some things in English class. We finished about five minutes early today, and Manila was out the door as quickly as he was allowed.
The plane took several loads of coffee out today. Brought in haus sik building supplies and medical supplies. Nuanda missed the plane in Goroka so went to Aiyura and got it from there.
This afternoon and evening, I got most of the material ready for this coming Monday of school so am thankful for that.
"The kindness and love of God our Saviour." Titus 3:4
How sweet it is to behold the Saviour communing with His own beloved people! There can be nothing more delightful than, by the Divine Spirit, to be led into this fertile field of delight. Let the mind for an instant consider the history of the Redeemer's love, and a thousand enchanting acts of affection will suggest themselves, all of which have had for their design the weaving of the heart into Christ, and the intertwisting of the thoughts and emotions of the renewed soul with the mind of Jesus. When we meditate upon this amazing love, and behold the all-glorious Kinsman of the Church endowing her with all His ancient wealth, our souls may well faint for joy. Who is he that can endure such a weight of love? That partial sense of it which the Holy Spirit is sometimes pleased to afford, is more than the soul can contain; how transporting must be a complete view of it! When the soul shall have understanding to discern all the Saviour's gifts, wisdom wherewith to estimate them, and time in which to meditate upon them, such as the world to come will afford us, we shall then commune with Jesus in a nearer manner than at present. But who can imagine the sweetness of such fellowship? It must be one of the things which have not entered into the heart of man, but which God hath prepared for them that love Him. Oh, to burst open the door of our Joseph's granaries, and see the plenty which He hath stored up for us! This will overwhelm us with love. By faith we see, as in a glass darkly, the reflected image of His unbounded treasures, but when we shall actually see the heavenly things themselves, with our own eyes, how deep will be the stream of fellowship in which our soul shall bathe itself! Till then our loudest sonnets shall be reserved for our loving benefactor, Jesus Christ our Lord, whose love to us is wonderful, passing the love of women. —Morning and Evening