April 8. Up around 6:00 this morning - lotu day. There were only five or six people here when lotu started, and we wondered if anyone else would be coming. But gradually people drifted in, and there was a pretty good number. Amos finished Acts chapter 15 this morning, verses 36-41, emphasizing the importance of giving a person time to prove himself again before taking him back into the ministry, if he has previously turned back and left God’s work. Also emphasizing the importance of making reconciliation if there has been contention between two parties within the church.
Esau was here with the challenge math paper he had taken home last night. I reprinted cm4 for him to do again to give him more practice with his fractions. He did much better on it this time. Is still mixed up about what mixed numbers are.
This morning I cleaned some more e-mails out of the inbox and tried to send the e-mails that I had written the past couple days, but we cannot get/keep a connection for sending. So they may not get sent until Daddy goes to town.
Other jobs I did today: prepared a new computer lesson for Graham and Sunny for next week; made the corrections for the I Thessalonians through Philemon booklet so I can print out a copy for Matthew; started making lesson plans for school for next week; made a chart of suffix rules for use in the schoolroom; made copies of the English words for “There Were Twelve Disciples” to print out for the students; fixed pumpkin and rice for dinner; folded yesterday’s laundry; got things ready for starting a fire in the morning.
We started out for a walk around 10:30 this morning, but water was running along the trail so it was too muddy/slippery for me to walk on. I turned back, and Daddy went on by himself. I didn’t even realize it had rained during the night. Daddy said he had heard rain, but he thought it only rained a little bit. But the ground was quite wet, and there was even still water running down the ditches that late in the morning.
George was here all day chopping firewood.
Yesterday, Daddy called MAF, and they told him they could get him first thing Monday morning. Today MAF called back and said they can’t get him Monday, but could get him Tuesday. However, he has a doctor appointment early Tuesday morning so a flight on Tuesday wouldn’t get him there on time. So they said they can get him Saturday. That means he’ll be gone on the weekend again. Boo hoo!
We are still not getting proper phone service and have not been able to send/receive any e-mails.
“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” John 4:34
April 9. Thursday. I have to remind myself what day is what this week. Since there is no school, more days seem like Saturday.
When we went to bed last night, it was raining pretty hard. Don’t know what time it stopped, but when we woke up this morning, the moon and stars could be seen in the clear sky. It wasn’t long, however, before the fog came up and spread across the tops of the mountains, later becoming clouds which hid the sunshine. It must not have rained as hard last night as it did the night before, however, because the ground wasn’t as wet, and there was no water on the trail to the airstrip so I did get to go out for a walk today. There were periods of sunshine and bits of blue sky that showed through the clouds now and then throughout the day.
While I was fixing our hot rice cereal for breakfast, Daddy tried again to send e-mails, but we can’t get a connection. He tried around noon too, but still nothing. We’re thankful that he has been able to get enough connection to get in touch with MAF and CRMF. Then MAF called back and had changed their mind again, saying Holgar can come get Daddy in the air van on Monday afternoon.
Today, I put together the phonics posters I had printed last night, and highlighted some of the important words in the rules. Put the posters up in the schoolroom. Got an e-mail written and got rid of some old e-mails from the inbox. Scanned some math pages and finished up the math review lesson for the first day of school. Finished lesson plans for week one of school.
Before supper, I gathered up all the trash to be burned; then swept and mopped the office and kitchen floors. After that, I was really worn out. Daddy dried the floors for me. That’s even harder on my back than the sweeping and mopping. I am happy to have that job done, but next time hopefully Graham and Sunny will be here to do it.
“35Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.” John 4:35-38
April 10. It has been cool and cloudy again today, but there has been no rain since the night before last.
Worked today on a Bible school lesson outline, a Bible test to cover the next section in our lessons, a music lesson, journal notes and e-mail for C&C, adding some things to the math review lesson for Monday. In the middle of the morning, we went for a little walk over to the airstrip. It was good to get out. We were both feeling sleepy in the house. This afternoon, I also washed the schoolroom windows and wiped the dirt off some of the meeting room windows so they will be ready to clean, tried to scrub the tape off the pulpit, made an orange cake for supper with custard sauce to go on top of it, looked over the tax forms so Daddy can take them and mail them off to Christy when he goes to town.
Daddy did a little packing so he can be ready in case MAF calls in the morning and says, “Can you be ready to go in a half hour?”
“39And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did…. 41And many more believed because of his own word; 42And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.” John 4:39,41,42