August 23 & 24. I didn’t even realize until this evening (Sunday) that I hadn’t written in my journal yesterday. Not sure if I remember yesterday’s events or not. I do remember that the Lord gave us a lovely blue-sky day.
We got up early so we could hang out the clothes. I got cold during lotu so went and sat in the office near the window where the sun was shining in. Mike continued teaching this morning on the family.
After lotu, I worked on math lesson plans for this week of school. Then Daddy and I went for a nice walk up the airstrip and back. After we got back, I took a little nap in the recliner before getting journal notes in order for Christy and Connie. Made spaghetti pizza for our dinner.
In the afternoon, I washed my hair and wrote an e-mail to Christy and Connie. And in the evening, I printed out Bible tests and finished up the Bible lesson for school this week, or so I thought.
Sunday. When we got up this morning, it looked like it was going to be a sunshiny day. The skies were mostly clear, and when the sun came up, its warm beams shone in through the windows. By lotu time, however, the skies changed to gray, and it was cool the rest of the day, with short periods of rain now and then, and strong cold winds.
This morning when Daddy turned on the generator, I printed out the new Bible lesson for school and discovered that I hadn’t finished it. So spent about an hour this morning finishing up the lesson.
In lotu today, Matthew finished II Corinthians chapter 11, starting with verse five where he left off last time.
This afternoon, I fixed up math lessons for this week and also put pictures in the computer, ones that Daddy had taken on Friday when NTM was here trying to figure out how to sling the plane out to town. We also worked on some verses for helping Matthew.
This evening, I printed out the rest of the Bible lesson, proofread it, made the students’ copy, printed out copies for the students, printed math lessons for the three extra students and pasteovers for the others for this week. Then I had a snack and did a little walking.
“21Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: 22And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee. 23If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.” Exodus 18:21-23
August 25. It has been a mostly cool and cloudy day. It is cold and rainy this evening. Has been raining gently and steadily for several hours now. The flying ants are here this evening. They haven’t been around for quite some time, but they certainly are a nuisance when they come. The clouds were high enough for NTMA to get in and work on getting the plane wings out. After several more attempts, things were finally right so that a little after noon, the helicopter could sling the load all the way back to Goroka. We trust that they arrived there safely. The mechanics stayed until around 3:00, removing parts from the fuselage. They need to remove as many of the smaller parts as they can to make it lighter for the helicopter to sling it back to Goroka. They will try to do that tomorrow.
After praying, I had them recite Numbers 32:23; we went over its meaning; and I encouraged them to hold it fast in their memories. Then we sang a song. It was Esau’s turn to choose, and he chose “Jesus Loves Me.” I had a hard time keeping my voice from breaking as I thought about the words - “They are weak, but He is strong;” “Yes, Jesus loves me;” “Blut b’long Kraist mekim mi klin” (Christ's blood makes me clean). After singing, we went on to learn our new verse for the week, Ephesians 6:2. They had learned verse 1 last week. Then I gave them some time to study for their test before giving them the test on the Bible lesson and music lesson we finished last week. Later in the morning, they had their chapter test in math, and they all did well in that. Nobody got 100, but the lowest score was 81 so that wasn’t bad. While students were doing tests, I was able to get their new Bible lessons into their notebooks.
Lay down around 2:00 for nap, shortly after afternoon class. After nap, I just had their spelling lessons to grade. Then I had to put new math lessons into the three students’ folders and math paste-overs in the other students’ books. Fixed a pot of rice and lentils with tuna and sautéed onions for supper. Washed and cut up carrots to go with that. Carrots are all we have for veggie right now, except for a small pumpkin. I think I’ll put some seaweed in the rice tomorrow.
After supper, I finished the paste-overs; and when the generator went on, I wrote some math problems on the chalkboard, got everything together for tomorrow’s classes, and then spent about an hour looking for pictures of the seasons to use in their science class. They start their new science books tomorrow, and the first lesson is on the four seasons. Since they don’t have four seasons here, pictures are helpful to their understanding of what the different seasons are like. It was 8:30 by the time that was done. Then I put water on to heat for dishes, got a snack, and sat down to write in my journal. When the dishwater was hot, I got the dishes started, and Daddy kindly finished them. Now it is 9:30, and Daddy just turned off the generator.
“11And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:11,12