“1Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.” 2 Korin 4:1,2
June 27. It has been quite a day. We were thankful for a dry night and for sunshine this morning to get moved. There will still be the process of taking down things that we will be using from the other house.
Two of the young boys came early this morning to help carry things, and they worked hard. The church ladies pulled kunai (long grass used for thatched roofs) and Kelly, Daniel, and Amos worked on the outhouse. The church ladies and families also helped carry things, and more big guys came around later to carry also. We did not let little kids carry, other than those who come to GIBS (Glory Independent Baptist Church). Daddy worked up here showing people where to put stuff, and I worked down below showing them what to take, and working on packing the rest of the things that were left. Around 11:00, we pretty well had everything moved. And I was exhausted.
Around noon, the rains started. And it has been raining and raining and raining ever since. The rest of the morning, and the afternoon were spent unpacking. Tried taking a nap first, but couldn’t really rest well. Daddy went down to the other house for a while and took everything off the walls that he saw still hanging — hooks, nails, screws, etc.
Now the dishes are done, and I made sure there was not more food in boxes, but all in the cupboards because the rats are plentiful up here right now. We put some rat poison out tonight so hopefully they will take a liking to it. Only the babies are deceived by the glue traps. The big guys don’t go near them. (The rats have been devouring the rat poison, and hopefully it is starting to take some effect. They are still quite active at night and make quite a mess. This house is just full of them, and they stink too.)
June 28. Stopped raining around 9:00 last night — 1 1/2” all together. The Lord gave us a sunny morning and sunshine through early afternoon. Then the rains came again. It is not raining right now, however. How we pray for good weather so we can get back to work on the house building.
In the middle of the night and on to early morning, I heard the death wail somewhere down in the village. We inquired this morning and found out that Saivu’s mother died last night during the night. They say that she even surpassed Omo in age (was over 70 years old).
Daniel came early this morning and made steps down to the outhouse. He did a really nice job. Hopefully the rain doesn’t mess up his work. He wanted to help with some other work too. He helped Daddy bring up the screen door and put it on. Wan came around and helped a bit too.
I spent most of the day unpacking, organizing, reorganizing, trying to get the place looking a bit more orderly and hopefully remember where I put things that we need while we are here. Daddy spent part of the day down at the other house disconnecting the power from the other house and taking down the power points. He put some clothesline inside this house in the spare room so we have a place to hang things when it rains.
Wan came again this afternoon, in the rain, and took the clothesline down at the other house, and brought it up here. Then he carried water to fill up the washing machine. He will put the clothesline up in the morning while the clothes are being washed. He got pretty wet working this afternoon.
Got out the new CD player and listened to a message while I was working. While I was doing dishes, I listened to one of the harp CD’s that Christy and Connie had sent a while back. I didn’t like it very well when we first got it and played it on the computer. But the new player we got seems to have really good quality, and it sounded really nice. So I was thankful to have that nice music to work by.
Eric was a blessing to us this evening. He came by to say that he feels the Lord would have him help with public preaching. He also said that he wants to help with the house building. He can’t do anything really strenuous yet, but he is gradually getting his strength back after being so sick. We praise the Lord for raising him up from sickness, and also for raising him up to serve.
“23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. 24For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.” Acts 11:23,24
“But the word of God grew and multiplied.” Acts 12:24