Frina was back in school today, but she did not look really well yet. When she left, she went home and went to sleep. I could tell she was getting tired. We will wait until she feels a little stronger before we try to catch her up on her work.
All the kids said their new Bible verse this morning, including Frina. Ephraim was the first one to say his this time.
The kids did much better on their English dialogue today.
July 21. Serah slept down in the kunai last night so didn’t get here until about 7:30. I already had the clothes washed, so she had the rinsing to do. Said she got three mumuts. They are smaller than a cat, but bigger than a rat. A few of them that survive longer are about the size of a cat.
Maura still came by herself to look after the door. She had said that Vinet would be coming back, but now she has learned that Vinet will be staying in town a while.
Since lotu ended early, we started school a little earlier. Sosthenes was not there today. He is sick now. Whatever this sickness is that is going around, people get really bad headaches with vomiting. The medical workers said it is just a strong malaria, but it doesn’t seem that way to us. It doesn’t respond to malaria treatment; just seems to have to take its course; is epidemic; and after people start feeling better, it takes them quite a while to get their strength back. Frina is still not feeling really well so, even though she is back in school, she is not ready to start catching up on missed work yet.
In tokples today, we learned a new letter — d. Math class went well until the last worksheet, which was writing the numbers, counting by 5’s. They had counted by 5’s many times orally, but half of them could not figure out how to write the numbers on paper. So the ones who finished were dismissed at the end of school, and the other five had to stay and have help finishing their paper. So they will do the same paper again tomorrow.
“…fear not, for I am with thee….” Genesis 26:24
July 22. Sosthenes was back in school today, although he said he was still not feeling well. We finished the Bible lesson today, the first half of the story of Noah. Then we had a quiz with team competition.
Mailin took charge of tokples class today. She seems to have a cold.
The plane never made it in yesterday, but they did get in today. However, they plane encountered a problem; and when they finally took off, headed straight for Hagen for repairs. So Nuanda and others still did not get out to town.
My throat is very, very sore this evening; and my eye is very red, painful, and pussy. I started back on antibiotic this evening.
July 23. I was thankful for the Lord’s sufficient grace for today. And for a fairly good rest last night. I did get up twice to clean my eye and take some Echinacea. When I got up this morning, my eye was full of pus and nearly glued shut. It is bothering me quite a bit this evening so will probably go to bed again soon.
After opening exercises and Bible verse review this morning, I took the class outside to try to give them an idea of the actual size of the ark that Noah built. Used the 330 foot tape measure and added another 120 feet. That was the length. It went all the way from the fence on the far side of our house, past Nuanda’s house, past the medical workers’ houses, past the church building and up to the edge of the haus sik property. Then we came back and measured 75 feet for the width. And I pointed out a tree that I guessed to be around 45 feet high. Wow! That must have been quite a structure, and taken quite a bit of time to build without all the modern tools that men have today!
After that, I sent the boys outside with the pieces of ooqdi Daddy had cut to make the model ark. Daniel was here fixing the front steps, and he agreed to help the boys learn how to smooth out the ooqdi for the model. The girls worked inside, painting the roof that I had made out of some heavy white corrugated board. On Monday, the boys will nail the ark together, and the girls will work on making stands for the animals. I don’t have any people, but the kids said they have some ideas for making some. So I told them we need eight people to go with the ark. I thought they would probably have some ideas. They are pretty creative.
Mailin took charge of tokples class again. We finished a little early, and I had them read their little books again before going out for recess.
In math class, there were a lot of work papers to do today. And in English class, they worked on their new monologue and painted a picture of fire, using the colors they have been learning — red, yellow, and orange. Before they started painting, they cut logs out of brown paper and pasted them on their large sheet. Stephanas and Frina did a really good job on theirs.
Wan worked on re-cutting the fire line today. There have been lots of fires on the mountains these dry days so we want to keep the fire line cut down.
Eleven men showed up tonight and worked on checking translation of Matyu with Daniel and Daddy. Daniel is still working by himself translating Acts. He finished chapter 18 the other day.
Much forgiven, much delivered, much instructed, much enriched, much blessed, shall we dare to put forth our hand unto evil? God forbid! —Morning and Evening
"The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin." 1John 1:7
--Morning and Evening
"Sins against a holy God;
Sins against His righteous laws;
Sins against His love, His blood;
Sins against His name and cause;
Sins immense as is the sea-
From them all He cleanseth me." —Morning and Evening
Below are several photos.
1. Pictures of fire that the children made.
2. Girls painting the roof of the ark model.
3. Boys outside with their pieces of ooqdi wood that Daniel helped them with. These were used for building the model ark.