October 5. Very cool again today with just a little bit of sunshine.
A relatively quiet day. A few people came in the morning to buy things, some in the middle of the day before our nap, and others at the end of the day. Dallas and Thania helped this morning, and Bonita and Graham in the afternoon. I started cleaning out all the craft stuff in the bedroom closet this morning. A few things were packed to send or take home, some were put out for sale, some put into a give-away box to take to people in town, and some thrown away. Also wrote a couple more e-mails this morning and sent those out. Did more sorting through the craft stuff after nap and also talked with people who came to buy.
Late morning, Daddy and I went for a walk up the airstrip and back. The air was very cool. I was glad I had worn my light jacket. I ended up putting it on my head to keep the wind out of my ears.
Graham is here working this evening and then will work at the computer. Don’t know where Sunny is.
“And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.” Acts 16:34
October 6. Warmer today with more sunshine and blue sky. Cleaned out more of the craft closet plus things in the bathroom cupboards. Sorted through the rest of the photos. Finished packing the foot locker. Looked after customers.
Mid-morning, I went for a walk with Daddy, but my walk ended up to be quite short. My legs were hurting too much today for me to go very far. After getting out to the airstrip, I came back to the house, and Daddy went on farther.
Renko and Onko came with their two youngest children from Waisara today to visit us. They two said they were just babies when we first came, but they heard many stories from their parents about how things changed here in Owena after we came with the Gospel.
“11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. 12Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.” Acts 17:11,12
October 7. Sunny and warm again today, but cloudy this evening. So it shouldn’t get as cold tonight.
In lotu this morning, Amos went through the applications which he didn’t get a chance to do last week for Acts chapter 20. One emphasis was the missionary’s responsibility to teach and encourage the elders of the churches he has established.
After lotu, I let the school students who were here pick out school books to take home. There were so many of them left over from grades one and two. Then they took care of all the people who were waiting to buy things. Daddy and I helped where needed, and I also folded clothes and cleaned out a few little things here and there. Daddy helped me move some of the suitcases into the guest room so they can be up on the bed frame in there and easier to pack.
Around 10:00, everyone was gone, and I was ready so sit down a while so started on September’s progress report. Before lunch, I took all the trash out and created quite a hot fire with all the papers and photos that had been thrown away.
We wanted to try to get a lot of the office cleaned out today, but didn’t get much done. People came and went at other times during the day, and that makes a big demand on our time. Tomorrow we will see if a couple of the students would like to stay full time so they can be here to answer the door when people come. We can pay them a certain amount for the day, and hopefully can be free to get more packing done.
John and Margaret came this afternoon. They are going to buy the rest of the school books to put in their school library. We gave them the bad news that the drum is going bad in the printer they had paid for. A message came up last night saying the drum was nearing the end of its life. They think they still want to take it and buy a new drum, but we will let them use the money they paid for it to get the bunk bed if they want it.
Margaret had made a couple nice bilums, one for us and one for some special friends. They are also going to try to get an e-mail account so want our e-mail addresses. It will be a blessing to be able to keep in touch with the church here in Owena through them as well.
This evening, we boxed up all the school books so John can send someone to pick them up tomorrow.
Youth are here this evening for their meeting.
“24God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 29Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. 30And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” Acts 17:24-31