November 10. Just a little rain last night — .2”
Daddy started teaching on the family in lotu this morning. There were lots of prayer requests so it was a little bit late when lotu finished, but not too much late. The prayer requests were important. I just shortened the two school classes a bit so we didn’t go too late. It was hard to concentrate anyway as the meeting coming up tomorrow night was on my mind.
Another rat decided to visit school this morning. Manila was practicing reading the Scripture he will be reading on family day, when I heard the noise up in the silver paper. I tried to get up quietly to get the broom and try to hit the rat, but I tripped over my basket of school stuff and made quite a racket. The rat was quiet a couple minutes after that, but then started moving around again so I took a whack where I saw movement in the silver paper. He ran over to the top pole of the frame on the west side and ran to the corner and started around the north side. I headed him off in the middle and tried to hit him, but he ran back to the corner and down the outside of the wall. Daddy heard the commotion and came out to see what was going on. I had cleaned up rat droppings out there earlier in the morning so figured there was another rat around. Daddy put a trap out there this evening, but the rat probably got a good scare and won’t come back for a few days, like the last one.
Nuanda and Ana came this evening to say that they want to have a part with those who want to see things change in the church and see the church being obedient to God’s Word. Ana said that, when she was a little girl, Tema helped lead her to the Lord.
Devit called this afternoon and said he was just past Irakia.
“4Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified. 5But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying.” Psalm 70:4,5
November 11. No rain last night. No water either. The water is gone again. Kelly said the water level is down again. I guess we need lots and lots of rain. Very warm this afternoon.
Devit and family got back from Aivonti around 10:00 last night. Today he was off to the garden. Max was here for Bible school, and Manila was here for school as usual. He started his first English reader a couple days ago, and read some more today. He is going to be a very good reader. He is quick to catch on. Still has trouble distinguishing between the short “a” and short “e” sounds though, but there has been improvement. He is learning his first Bible verse in English too — Genesis 1:1. We are singing it with the Owena Senesísi 1:1, to the same tune.
Wan and Gibson have been working on putting up a woodshed. Wan talked to Daddy a while this morning while he was waiting for Gibson. He does seem to have some good discernment regarding spiritual things. He asked about the meeting tonight and seemed interested in coming.
George came and chopped firewood today. It is the first time we have had to get firewood chopped in three weeks. It warms up so quickly in the mornings that we don’t have to leave the wood stove going very long so haven’t used much firewood.
Had to make sure this afternoon that everything is ready for school tomorrow as we will be meeting tonight with the group who wants to build a church on Biblical principles.
"Trials must and will befall--
But with humble faith to see
Love inscribed upon them all;
This is happiness to me." —Morning and Evening
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“Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.” Psalm 71:3
November 12. No rain last night. Water came and went today. Daddy filled up buckets whenever he heard water. Kelly said the dam is dry.
Jevin rang the bell at 6:30 last evening to let people know it would soon be time for the meeting. At 7:00 he started the generator. Maraqorena was the first one here — he was on time. Matyu came along soon afterward. Not too many showed up before 7:30 though so we got a bit late start. Some of the wives and children came too for which we thank the Lord. Wan did show up for the meeting and so did Tomas. So there were 10 families represented, plus Maraqorena. Daddy talked with them about the importance of having a record of membership, something the church has never done, and that they would be the first ones on the list. Up until now, everyone has pretty much assumed that everyone who comes in the door is a member. The following were present for the meeting: Devit and sons; Matyu and son Sosthenes; Luke; Maraqorena; Jevin, Miriam, and children; Nukawai and Mequ; Nuanda and Ana; Erik, Espina, Romi, and two sons; Wan; Opo and Ayando; Tomas.
Daddy also talked to them about the importance of faithfulness in church attendance. We are glad we met with this group. One thing that we were made aware of is that we are going to have to move very slowly in helping them make changes. Their thinking is going to have to change in many areas, and it will not be easy and will not happen overnight.
Wan and Gibson worked more on the woodshed today. Now it is ready for the kunai to be put on the roof.
Played concentration with Manila again in Owena class today. He did pretty good this time — got a lot of matches. It is hard to find learning games for just one person.
After lunch, I got bread made and in the pans to rise before nap. We ran out of town bread yesterday.
Kelly went to Pinata today. Said there are lots of sick people there.
Devit went to Waisara to buy coffee.
“18Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. 19And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.” Psalm 72:18,19