December 4. 1” rain last night. A very hot day today. Started wash around 8:00, right after lotu. Daddy said that Matyu did an excellent job in teaching. Daddy had told him to teach something on prayer. At first Daddy wondered what he was going to do, as he read the story in Mark 2 about the sick man who was brought by his friends to Jesus. Daddy wondered how that related to prayer. But Matyu compared the sick man to the church, and brought out how we need to bring this “sick man” to God in prayer so that God can heal.
After I got the laundry hung out and rested a few minutes, Daddy and I headed up the hill to look at the possible sites for our house and the church. I was thankful I had had an Emergen-C drink before we left. It was so hot, not much wind, and the hike was very hard. There is a site at the bottom of the airstrip and one a little ways above the airstrip. I would really prefer the one below so that we would be close enough to the village to be able to get out and visit people.
After we got back and had a cold drink and cooled off a bit, I put dinner on to heat. A cool salad would have been nice; but since we didn’t have one, we were thankful for the stew.
In the afternoon, I swept floors (had swept the bedroom floor in the morning while clothes were washing) and worked on school lesson plans for Monday and Tuesday so any needed printing can be done tomorrow night. No generator on tonight. But we are planning to have a bath tonight. That will be a blessing. We had showers in town, but no bath for several weeks now.
Just as I started getting supper, Neomi’s mother came by for a visit. She brought a small bunch of greens and a few little potatoes. Said she is really hungry for kaukau. I read John chapter two to her and then gave her a little rice, some Maggi, and some soap.
“9He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see? 10He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know? 11The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. 12Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law; 13That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked…. 19In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.” Psalm 94:9-13,19
December 5. No rain last night.
So thankful for a nice bath last night. And for a little chat with our daughters this morning.
Tomas interpreted for both meetings today. Matyu was at home with a sick daughter, and Luke apparently is having some problems again, as he didn’t come in for the meetings until after the preaching started. We praise the Lord for a good response to the invitation. It has been good to be reminded of those who have gone before us and have endured persecution and have triumphed. And these are things these people have probably not heard before. So we trust that some are beginning to realize that there is a cost to serving the Saviour.
It was good to see Graham in church today. And Apekio came too, for the first meeting. She left Yunis with the care of her mother. And Vitoria is sick now too. Apekio said the rice water really helped Graham. He still needs to get his strength back after being sick for two weeks. Her mother is doing better from the dysentery, but her legs are swollen so she can’t get around.
"Ask, and it shall be given you." Matthew 7:7 We know of a place in England still existing, where a dole of bread is served to every passerby who chooses to ask for it. Whoever the traveller may be, he has but to knock at the door of St. Cross Hospital, and there is the dole of bread for him. Jesus Christ so loveth sinners that He has built a St. Cross Hospital, so that whenever a sinner is hungry, he has but to knock and have his wants supplied. Nay, He has done better; He has attached to this Hospital of the Cross a bath; and whenever a soul is black and filthy, it has but to go there and be washed. The fountain is always full, always efficacious. No sinner ever went into it and found that it could not wash away his stains. Sins which were scarlet and crimson have all disappeared, and the sinner has been whiter than snow. As if this were not enough, there is attached to this Hospital of the Cross a wardrobe, and a sinner making application simply as a sinner, may be clothed from head to foot; and if he wishes to be a soldier, he may not merely have a garment for ordinary wear, but armour which shall cover him from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. If he asks for a sword, he shall have that given to him, and a shield too. Nothing that is good for him shall be denied him. He shall have spending-money so long as he lives, and he shall have an eternal heritage of glorious treasure when he enters into the joy of his Lord.
If all these things are to be had by merely knocking at mercy's door, O my soul, knock hard this morning, and ask large things of thy generous Lord. Leave not the throne of grace till all thy wants have been spread before the Lord, and until by faith thou hast a comfortable prospect that they shall be all supplied. No bashfulness need retard when Jesus invites. No unbelief should hinder when Jesus promises. No cold-heartedness should restrain when such blessings are to be obtained. - Morning and Evening
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"And the Lord shewed me four carpenters." Zechariah 1:20 In the vision described in this chapter, the prophet saw four terrible horns. They were pushing this way and that way, dashing down the strongest and the mightiest; and the prophet asked, "What are these?" The answer was, "These are the horns which have scattered Israel." He saw before him a representation of those powers which had oppressed the church of God. There were four horns; for the church is attacked from all quarters. Well might the prophet have felt dismayed; but on a sudden there appeared before him four carpenters. He asked, "What shall these do?" These are the men whom God hath found to break those horns in pieces. God will always find men for His work, and He will find them at the right time. The prophet did not see the carpenters first, when there was nothing to do, but first the "horns," and then the "carpenters." Moreover, the Lord finds enough men. He did not find three carpenters, but four; there were four horns, and there must be four workmen. God finds the right men; not four men with pens to write; not four architects to draw plans; but four carpenters to do rough work. Rest assured, you who tremble for the ark of God, that when the "horns" grow troublesome, the "carpenters" will be found. You need not fret concerning the weakness of the church of God at any moment; there may be growing up in obscurity the valiant reformer who will shake the nations: …. The Lord knows where to find His servants. He hath in ambush a multitude of mighty men, and at His word they shall start up to the battle; "for the battle is the Lord's," and He shall get to Himself the victory. Let us abide faithful to Christ, and He, in the right time, will raise up for us a defence, whether it be in the day of our personal need, or in the season of peril to His Church. —Morning and Evening
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“1O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. 2Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. 3For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. 4In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. 5The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. 6O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. 7For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand….” Psalm 95:1-7
December 6. No rain last night. Tried to rain a bit this afternoon, but only a few drops fell.
Quite a few people are bringing us potatoes now, praise the Lord! And cucumbers, and bananas, too. We are certainly thankful for all these.
A lot more people are getting sick with diarrhea and/or colds.
Daddy said we have even less fuel left than he had thought so now we have to ration even more.
Each time I went back and forth to the schoolroom today, I saw some very pretty white things out by the fence. After supper, I finally had time to go out and cut one stem. Put it in a jar of water and set it in the middle of the kitchen table. Mmmmm, what a lovely sweet smell! Thank you Lord, for the roses.
"As is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly." 1Corinthians 15:48 The head and members are of one nature, and not like that monstrous image which Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream. The head was of fine gold, but the belly and thighs were of brass, the legs of iron, and the feet, part of iron and part of clay. Christ's mystical body is no absurd combination of opposites; the members were mortal, and therefore Jesus died; the glorified head is immortal, and therefore the body is immortal too, for thus the record stands, "Because I live, ye shall live also." As is our loving Head, such is the body, and every member in particular. A chosen Head and chosen members; an accepted Head, and accepted members; a living Head, and living members. If the head be pure gold, all the parts of the body are of pure gold also. Thus is there a double union of nature as a basis for the closest communion. Pause here, devout reader, and see if thou canst without ecstatic amazement, contemplate the infinite condescension of the Son of God in thus exalting thy wretchedness into blessed union with His glory. Thou art so mean that in remembrance of thy mortality, thou mayest say to corruption, "Thou art my father," and to the worm, "Thou art my sister"; and yet in Christ thou art so honoured that thou canst say to the Almighty, "Abba, Father," and to the Incarnate God, "Thou art my brother and my husband." Surely if relationships to ancient and noble families make men think highly of themselves, we have whereof to glory over the heads of them all. Let the poorest and most despised believer lay hold upon this privilege; let not a senseless indolence make him negligent to trace his pedigree, and let him suffer no foolish attachment to present vanities to occupy his thoughts to the exclusion of this glorious, this heavenly honour of union with Christ.
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"Girt about the paps with a golden girdle." Revelation 1:13 One like unto the Son of Man" appeared to John in Patmos, and the beloved disciple marked that He wore a girdle of gold. A girdle, for Jesus never was ungirt while upon earth, but stood always ready for service, and now before the eternal throne He stays not is holy ministry, but as a priest is girt about with "the curious girdle of the ephod." Well it is for us that He has not ceased to fulfil His offices of love for us, since this is one of our choicest safeguards that He ever liveth to make intercession for us. Jesus is never an idler; His garments are never loose as though His offices were ended; He diligently carries on the cause of His people. A golden girdle, to manifest the superiority of His service, the royalty of His person, the dignity of His state, the glory of His reward. No longer does He cry out of the dust, but He pleads with authority, a King as well as a Priest. Safe enough is our cause in the hands of our enthroned Melchisedek.
Our Lord presents all His people with an example. We must never unbind our girdles. This is not the time for lying down at ease, it is the season of service and warfare. We need to bind the girdle of truth more and more tightly around our loins. It is a golden girdle, and so will be our richest ornament, and we greatly need it, for a heart that is not well braced up with the truth as it is in Jesus, and with the fidelity which is wrought of the Spirit, will be easily entangled with the things of this life, and tripped up by the snares of temptation. It is in vain that we possess the Scriptures unless we bind them around us like a girdle, surrounding our entire nature, keeping each part of our character in order, and giving compactness to our whole man. If in heaven Jesus unbinds not the girdle, much less may we upon earth. Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth. —Morning and Evening
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“Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.” Psalm 96:3