What a busy day it has been! And hot too! It is only about 8:00 now, but I think I will get a shower soon and think about retiring early.
Apekio’s mother went to be with the Lord yesterday morning about 7:00. About two weeks ago, she had sent Apekio to come get us so we could come and pray with her for the Lord to take her home. She had told Apekio to quit praying for the Lord to help her, and to pray for the Lord to take her home instead. We did go over and read some Scripture to her and prayed for her according to her request, adding, of course, if the Lord wills. Silvia went to see her last week and spent the night with the family. Silvia prayed for her too. And the Lord did will, even though He gave her two more weeks of life on this earth. Now she is free from pain and distress and rejoicing in the presence of the Lord.
We did receive a couple packages today, praise the Lord! I was very thankful to get the Cardio Factors. I had held off on taking those for a couple weeks, but then went back to them, praying that more would come when we came to town.
I was really excited to get the mustard. Haven’t had any mustard for a long time. I think I must have told you more than once to get mustard, instead of telling you to get baking soda too. There was no baking soda in town last time. Today there was baking soda at Bintangor, but it was K13.90 for a small box. (That’s over $5 a box!)
Hello, dearest daughters,
And how are you today? Hope you are having a good night’s rest. I am just about ready for one. Am getting tired. So this will be my last e-mail for this evening.
We are thankful that you had a good day. Thank you for the pretty flower pictures. E-mail would not download them, so webmail put them in undeliverable.
Oh, yes, and thank you for the nice little kitchen hand towel with the cow on it, and for the rock with the bird painted on it. And it was really nice to get a new cassette tape, especially now that the CD player doesn’t work anymore. We don’t have that many good music cassettes. I miss listening to the Bible CD’s. That was what I did while I was doing dishes. Tried listening to them on the computer, but the volume doesn’t go up loud enough. So now I just listen to music on cassette, the same ones over and over. But at least it is refreshing at the end of the day.
Here is today’s journal entry.
March 4. By the time I went to bed last night, my whole body was hurting, but especially my legs. I could not get comfortable enough to get to sleep so finally got up and took some ibuprofen. After that I slept well, and I was thankful.
This morning, we went out around 8:00 to shop. Since it is Friday, usually the busiest day in town, we wanted to get as much done as possible before there were too many people around. Went to the same stores as yesterday, but searched more thoroughly for some of the other things we need. One of our “mousies” went bad so we’ve had to use the same mouse for both computers, or use the mouse pad, which to me is just a nuisance.
When we got back to the flat, it was getting close to lunch time. We hadn’t had a snack so we were hungry. We did have a little snack before having lunch. Then we had nap.
After nap, Daddy went out to the hardware stores. I washed my hair. Did dishes. Copied e-mail addresses out of the Acer into the Compaq. Then got supper — spaghetti and broccoli.
After supper, I started writing e-mails, working on getting the ministry updates out first, acknowledging our supporters. Have a few more to go. I found how to make a distribution list with all the names I usually send an update to besides supporters. I spent a long time on that this afternoon. Then this evening, I tried to delete one name out of it, and it deleted the whole file. Boo hoo! Now I have to do it all over again.
“6Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. 7Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.” Isaiah 51:6,7
“12I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; 13And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?” Isaiah 51:12,13
Things have gone pretty well here today. We are getting ready to go out to supper in about 15 minutes so may not get time to write this evening. Will just write a quickie now, and if there is time later will write more. Scott Filkins is here again – has spent a month with missionary Randy Smith and is scheduled to leave for the states on Monday.
March 5. Praise the Lord for a good restful night. We were awakened a little before 6:00 this morning when we heard the folks in the flat next door getting ready for their trip back to the bush. Daddy jumped out of bed and got dressed and went to help them carry things down to their truck. Matt Crane is the supply buyer for the folks back wherever the Berbins work. Can’t remember the name of the place. He had quite a truckload of supplies for all the workers back there. Plus he had his sister and husband and 15-month-old daughter who had just arrived from the states for a two-month visit.
After breakfast, we went to West and got a few things at New Century — mostly yarn. Brought those back to the house and then went uptown to find a mouse and get some other colors of yarn that we couldn’t find at New Century. We were thankful to find a couple glue traps at one of the stores. Everyone else is out of them. Hope they get some in before we come to town again.
After that, we went to the second hand stores to get sweaters for some of the ladies to make rope from for their bilums. When we came home, Scott Filkins met us outside. He has been in PNG again for a month, visiting Randy Smith who works in an area close to the Berbins. They get in and out by plane. Scott invited us to come over and have supper with them tonight. He will be flying back to the states on Monday. We had planned to have Randy and Scott up here for supper, but he asked first. But I offered to bring a dessert. They were happy about that.
We had lunch, and our nap. Then I made the dessert — experimental apricot crumb-crust pie with whipped cream on top. After that I did the dishes. And have been working on e-mails. Will go out for supper in about a half hour and probably won’t have time for computer when we get back.
“1Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean…. 7How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!... 11Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.” Isaiah 52:1,7,11