October 9. About 3/4” rain last night. Just started raining again now (about 6:20 p.m.).
I was sad that I wasn’t able to go to lotu again. Started checking Colossians today. The first chapter was fairly long. After that I worked on the quarterly newsletter. A little before noon, I got hungry and tired. So I had my dinner and then lay down for a nap. Figured that Daddy would be home around 1:30. That’s just about when he came. I had just gotten up so warmed up his dinner. Then while he was napping, I finished the newsletter. Thank the Lord for His help with that. After that, I sat in my chair and started checking more songs. But then I fell asleep.
Daddy preached the first meeting this morning on Romans 11:1-5, “Has God Cast Away His People?” David preached the second meeting, beginning the series on the office of pastor.
“18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20. An encouraging reminder of Christ’s power, commission, and presence.
October 10. Only .4” rain last night. Cold this morning, but the Lord graciously gave us a lovely, sunny day today. There was a nice breeze this morning to help dry the clothes too.
Yesterday evening, after the rain slowed down, we put the sermon CD in the computer and listened to a message by Pastor Chuck Phelps entitled “How to Survive the Devastating Fire.” It was an encouraging one for the times, and also very sobering and challenging. We’ve been through a lot of trials here, but we pretty much know nothing about suffering for Christ. Daddy wants the message translated to use during the New Year’s Day events. We had already planned to teach the people some things about Islam and about those who suffer for Christ in other countries, as well as those who have suffered in the past. These people think they are suffering when somebody talks about them behind their backs; and usually they can’t take it and will either give in to the other person or will turn away from the Lord. We hope that their eyes can be opened to see a little bit what it means to suffer for Christ.
After hanging out clothes and having prayer time, I checked chapter 10 of Proverbs and part of chapter 2 of Colossians. By then it was time to wash and prepare taro and potatoes for dinner. We didn’t have any fresh veggies so I threw a can of carrots in with the potatoe-taro combo and mashed everything together. Canned carrots are a bit hard to handle by themselves. Used a can of cream of chicken soup to make a gravy for the potato-taro combo. While things were cooking, I got the clothes in.
This afternoon, I folded and put away clothes, cut nails, and proofread Sios I Gat Glori. Will try to print that out tonight so Daddy can proofread it. Probably answered the door 15 or 20 times today too.
Daddy went up to the house early this morning and worked most of the day up there. He got three windows put in and two doors. Some of the men got steps made for the back porch. Eron worked half day on weaving bamboo for the north wall. Tomas, with Sani’s help, finished laying the pipe for the water line. Severah cooked food for the workers.
Amanda and Mandah brought bamboo. Reson said she and her children will bring some tomorrow. And Daddy said Antuma is cutting more. Praise the Lord for all His mercies today!
“When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Mark 2:17