While we were waiting for the plane to get back from the first flight, we went up town for a short while. Daddy was hoping to find some joins for the big drain pipe, but nobody had any.
Our flight left Goroka around 11:15. It was going on 1:00 before we got the carriers paid, unpacked a few things, and had lunch. After lunch, Daddy went back up to the airstrip to wait for the second flight, and I took a nap. While I was napping, the weather changed, and some drops of rain fell. Tomas let us keep some of our building supplies in his house so we didn’t have to bring them down here and then have to carry them back up again later.
The rest of the afternoon, we worked on unpacking, sorting, putting things away or in boxes. For supper, we had leftover leftover sausage veggie pie with a little bit of cheese on it.
Now it is 7:30 p.m. and we are both tired.
“10I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. 11For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:10,11
“I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.” Isaiah 63:7
“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.” Isaiah 64:4
“1Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? 2For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. 3He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. 4I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. 5Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.” Isaiah 66:1—5
.2” rain last night — a barrel full and overflowing. Kelly must have been working on the water system while we’ve been gone, however, as there is water running in the house again, and a good amount of pressure behind it.
Because the ground was wet, I didn’t go to prayer meeting this morning. Daddy said there were 11 there — David’s family, Eric, Janet, and himself.
Had my quiet time while Daddy was gone. Then made the bed, put away clothes and things we used in town, did the dishes. Had a little time to work on the children’s tract this morning. Fixed rice and carrots for dinner. However, people came and went, came and went, came and went all morning, and all afternoon too.
Neomi’s mother is sick with a bad cold, and there is no medicine in the haus sik so we sent some aspirin down to her. Maro’s mother came later and wanted pain medicine. She said her whole body hurts. Sonkenda had a headache and wanted pain medicine too. So besides giving out things people ordered in town, we gave out some aspirin.
This afternoon, after our prayer time, I cleaned the bathroom — most of it anyway. Ruth came, and she had had a baby boy a few days ago. Apekio gave her a blanket so I gave her some clothes for the baby. She and Poqo now have six children -- five boys and one girl. Worked on the children’s tract again, off and on, between people coming and going. The children’s tract is finished and ready to print a copy to see how it looks.
It was good to be reminded this evening of these words that God spoke to Jeremiah when He called him. “4Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 5Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. 6Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. 7But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. 9Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.” Jeremiah 1:4-9
“Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.” verse 17
“And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.” verse 19
.3” rain last night. Raining again this evening. Enjoyed our pancake breakfast. Encouraged through morning Bible reading in 1 Chronicles. David in chapter 28 spoke these words, “9And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. 10Take heed now; for the LORD hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it…. 19All this, said David, the LORD made me understand in writing by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern. 20And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD."
God has given us a pattern, in writing, with clear instructions for building His church. He has told us to be strong, and of a good courage, and do it, and not to fear or be dismayed. And He has promised to be with us until the work is finished.
After quiet time, I tried walking around the house a bit, but the knees weren’t cooperating too well. Maybe they don’t like the rainy weather. Before lotu, I worked for a while writing down prayer requests from the e-mails we got in town. Then started getting Apekio’s letter from Connie organized in “word” so I can print it out for Apekio.
Went down to lotu around 10:00. We thought at first there was just going to be a very small group.
David took charge of the song service, and Daddy started preaching to just David’s family, Maro’s mother, Espina, and myself. Soon, however, others started coming in — Kelly family, Emos family, Eric and the rest of his family, Tomas family, Matyu family. Even Tania was there. And Matin (Parexe) was there. Even Merinta was there for the second meeting. Praise the Lord, there was a good group. It is good for them all to meet together to strengthen and encourage one another.
Daddy had a hard time preaching because of his cold, but the preaching was good. He taught on the first seven verses of Romans 6, titling the section “Yumi No Ken Larim Sin I Bosim Yumi.” (We Must Not Let Sin Have Dominion Over Us) Romans 6 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible.
After lunch and nap, we had prayer time together. I crocheted a few rows on the baby afghan I’m working on. Then cut up a popo. And then cut Daddy’s hair.
Worked on Sunday school lessons until supper time.
“Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?” Jeremiah 2:5
“Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.” Jeremiah 2:19