January 22. A mostly cloudy cool morning, but got pretty warm by afternoon.
We took prayer requests this morning in Bible class, and then I had Bethuel pray for the first ones on the list. We want to pray this year for specific needs within the families of our students. Then we finished translating the verse we’d been working on and started memorizing it. That left us with just a few minutes to talk more about the school rules.
Today they had their first PNG history lesson. I thought I wrote the book simply, but there were lots of hard words in the introduction. Dallas read very well, however, and so did Thania.
We had lunch around 1:30 and started nap a little after 2:00. While we were napping, the students were still here, along with Philemon and Matthew. Matthew wanted Philemon to record them singing some of the songs they have learned. So they were all singing sweet melodies while we were sleeping. They were still here when we got up from nap.
I went out in the schoolroom and worked on next week’s lesson plans until supper time. After supper, I practiced keyboard for a while. Now Sunny and Graham are here working. They swept the floor and now are washing dishes.
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” Luke 6:45
January 23. The Lord gave us a lovely day again, but very warm. We are thankful for a good day for the plane to get in. The air van came in twice, bringing CARE team people and supplies, taking out other CARE team people and Philemon so he can go back to school, and also bringing a few supplies that Melanie had purchased for us. Praise the Lord for these few extra supplies to hold us until Daddy goes to town - another six weeks down the line yet.
It’s hard to believe it’s Friday already. This week has gone so quickly. Most of our Bible class time today was spent learning the parts to “Yupela I Mas Bon Gen” (“Ye Must Be Born Again”). At the end of the morning, we started an art project with the items that Lonnie and the Wylers had sent for the students. They will have to finish the project next Friday.
Thank you so much Lonnie and Wylers!
It was already after 2:30 when we had our nap as the plane came just when we finished school. I went ahead and ate, but Daddy ate after he came down from the airstrip while I loaded groceries into the freezer. It was 4:00 before I woke up. Had to finish cleaning up in the schoolroom as I let the students leave their projects on the tables until the glue dried. So I needed to put those all away plus their little bags of craft things they’re using for the winter scenes they are making. Then I graded the rest of the reading workbooks before warming up supper.
After supper, I needed to grade just Sunny’s and Graham’s math papers, and their spelling quizzes. I’ll have them grade the other math papers and quizzes tomorrow. Last night after doing dishes, they graded the English worksheets for me. It will be a really big time saver for me if they can help grade papers.
While I was doing that grading, Sunny came by to share a disappointment with me and have me pray with her.
This is a very sore disappointment in Sunny’s life, like a shadow falling across her path. Please pray that the Lord will encourage her and lift her up and give her peace and grace. Thanks.
“6Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: 7Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. 8For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 9When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” Luke 7:6-9
January 24. Rat-cket during the night disturbed my sleep so I was feeling somewhat tired today. Some time between 5:00 and 5:30 this morning, I heard the rain start falling. It rained for about six and a half hours. We were up by 5:30 to do the laundry, but were not able to hang it outside. After lotu, the rest of it all got hung in the guest room. I had hung up the shirts, blouses, dress, and trousers while we were waiting for people to come.
In spite of the foul weather, there was a pretty good group here for lotu. Tomas spoke this morning on our being chosen of God.
After lotu and hanging clothes, I finished next week’s lesson plans. Then I got pictures of wild animals together to put in the scrapbook for the next science lesson. Just finished getting them pasted in a few minutes ago.
Matthew came later in the morning to tell us some rather disappointing news.
(Please pray about this situation. Thanks so much!)
“47Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 48And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. 49And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? 50And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.” Luke 37:47-50