The day started early, as we had to do last minute packing and cleaning up in the house. I was thankful for time to write e-mails and send some e-cards before we did our final packing up. We thought our flight was going to be around noon, but we had to get the rest of our cargo over to the hangar to be weighed up for the cargo flight.
We went over to the hangar around 9:30. Met Timoti outside the gate, and he had a bush knife and cap to send to Philemon’s dad. He hopped in the back of the truck and went with us to the hangar. Philemon was there at the hangar, along with Katlin and Lucy. After a while Iso and another young Owena boy came by too. Daddy gave Iso some money that Eric had asked him to give him. Then the guys went with us down to the lumber yard to purchase more lumber.
We took the lumber back to the hangar. Then went to Brian Bell and picked up a light fixture for the schoolroom. Took that to the hangar, and the guys left us. We went up town. Checked the mail once again — no more mail. Went to SVS and had some lunch — pizza. Didn’t really have anywhere else to go so went back to the hangar. MAF was just leaving with our cargo.
We sat in the truck for a while, but it was too hot with the windows closed. We couldn’t open the windows because it was raining. We finally decided to go inside the hangar. Richard said we could go wait in the office. We thought we would be going around the same time as the cargo flight, but found out the SIL plane wouldn’t be back from Madang until late afternoon. And there were some weather problems up that way so he was delayed a bit. So we hung around the hangar all afternoon. We got to wondering what we would do if we couldn’t get in. All of our cargo was already gone—ALL. We had nothing with us but our hand bags and water bottles. There was rain, sunshine, rain, sunshine throughout the afternoon. The SIL plane did make it in from Madang, however, right on schedule, 3:55 p.m. There wasn’t anything to load up, except a box of vaccines for the haus sik. So we were soon off to Owena. Nuanda said the weather was good there. It didn’t look good that direction from the ground in Goroka; but once we got up in the air, it didn’t look so bad. And we actually had a nice smooth trip, straight sailing to Owena. Arrived home somewhere close to 5:00 p.m. Spied a big ole scorpion in the bathtub when I went in the bathroom. Hurriedly washed him down the drain. Spent the evening unpacking and talking with people who came. We were really tired by bedtime, and Daddy’s muscles were hurting for some reason.
March 24. A very busy day. This morning when I went in the bathroom, there was a centipede on the bathtub. I promptly squashed him with my foot, and he got well squashed—all over the side of the tub, and all over the bottom of my foot.
Was thankful for Serah’s help today. Started laundry at 7:00. Serah arrived around 7:15. I didn’t know she would be coming today, but was glad she did. There was a lot of laundry. I helped her hang them out so we wouldn’t be late for lotu. We were late anyway, but that’s because they started about 10 minutes early. Devit was in charge today. He preached on trials.
After lotu Serah came and prepared food and did dishes. People came and went, came and went all day today. Whew! All the cargo carriers came for their biscuits. Tomas worked on planing and sanding the timber, getting it ready for the door and window frames. Wan worked on the cupboard. Got the piece of plywood on top and one door on. Need to make two more cupboard doors.
Sakias came and put another K50 down for Senko to come to school. He still needs to fill out an application. Matyu came and said he still wants to put Sosthenes in school if he can find the money. So, if he does, that will make 11. Nuanda came this evening and paid the rest of Manila’s school fee. And Eric paid the rest of Bethuel’s school fee today.
I did more unpacking and putting stuff away. Sorted out the yarn too. Made up a generator schedule for Jevin, and a bell schedule for him for school. He will be in charge of those two things. A young Marivo mother came with her new baby, born after we left for Goroka—a baby boy. Gave her a blanket, nappy & pins, plastic pants, and shirt & trousers.
“I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good.” Psalm 54:6
“ For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.” Psalm 84:11-12