July 29. Verrrry cold this morning — 49º. It takes so long for our part of the house to warm up too because the sun is on the north side now. The meeting room warms up nicely since the sun is on that side. Went outside for a few minutes during recess time to feel the warmth of the sun.
Amos preached this morning on Acts 19:8-12. The applications certainly fit their situation here. Just as the people of Paul’s own religious group did not believe and their hearts were hardened so that they spoke evil of the truth, so these people’s former religious group, in unbelief and with hardened hearts, continues to speak evil of the truth that is preached here. That is why they had to separate from their own people and teach the disciples who want to hear the truth.
Many of the students stayed after school to finish their math lesson. Even though Wednesday is our short school day, it was 2:30 before I got to nap. Finished grading all their English lessons while students were still working and then for a little while afterward.
After nap, I started grading math lessons until about 4:30. Then I went and made baked tortillas and crackers. I forgot to put the vinegar in this time, though, so they don’t taste nice and tangy like the last batch. It took a while to get those mixed up, rolled out, and put on the cookie sheets to bake. Had a little dough left which made three tortillas that I needed to cook on the griddle. Also put some eggs on to boil because I had forgotten to do that earlier. Boiled extra eggs, thinking I would need them when Daddy comes home tomorrow. But found out a little while ago that he can’t come.
While the tortillas were cooking, I heated and ate the rest of the leftover pumpkin soup I had made yesterday. There was only a large cupful left. Then I had a tortilla with egg salad as soon as the tortillas were done. After that, I heated water and did the dishes.
Just before I finished dishes, there was a knock at the door. It was Sunny with some greens, but since I thought Daddy would be coming tomorrow, I didn’t think I would need them. She wanted to come in and talk with me, however, so she came into the kitchen while I finished washing the dishes.
When I finished the dishes, I graded more math lessons while bath water was heating. It was then that Daddy called to let me know that MAf will not be able to bring him tomorrow. Jason is sick, and there aren’t any other pilots available tomorrow. They will try to bring him on Friday. I was sad about that. Actually, Daddy said he had tried several times to call me since mid-afternoon, but the phone never rang here.
By the time we said good-bye, my bath water was hot so I took my bath. By then it was 7:30 so I took my evening vitamins and then finished grading the rest of the math lessons. They had something else new in working word problems today — they had to figure out which information in each problem was not needed.
It is going on 9:00 already now. Did not get a chance to practice keyboard today or to get math exercises written on the chalkboard for tomorrow either. Will have to try to fit the keyboard practice in before school in the morning and write exercises on the chalkboard while they are working on phonics lessons. Right now I need to get their new Bible lessons printed out for tomorrow. I wonder how many of them remembered to read Genesis chapter 24.?.
“30I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. 31This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.” Psalm 69:30,31
July 30. It has seemed like such a long day. I was feeling the burden of what Sunny told me yesterday. And that burden was added to when I had to reprove Sosthenes for studying his math in Bible class this morning instead of paying attention when he was supposed to be learning his musical part in the song we are learning. I had a hard time the rest of the school day keeping a sweet attitude. I was so thankful for the Lord’s help. Weeping did overtake me in history class when we finished together the section showing them how many other lands without the Gospel were just like PNG — wickedness abounding. There was a little story about a mother in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) who, after she was saved, came to the missionary and said, “With these hands, I killed thirteen of my own children.” That broke my heart. I’m so glad God saved her. I’m thankful , too, that I’ve been able to impart to my students a burden for those without Christ.
Not as much schoolwork to grade today. I was glad for that as I had time to practice keyboard which I needed to do since tomorrow is our day for singing. Didn’t make anything for supper this evening. Erovi brought a couple handfuls of sweet bananas this afternoon which I was very grateful to receive. I had a bowl of cereal for supper with one of those bananas. It has been a couple weeks since we have had any bananas.
“16I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. 17O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. 18Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have showed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.” Psalm 71:16-18
July 31. Going on 8:00 p.m. My, am I tired!
No stars or moon to be seen last night. They sky was hidden by fog. The whole world was lost in fog when I got up this morning. It hasn’t been foggy one morning since Lewis left for town; and then, the day that he is to come home, nothing but fog. They had scheduled an early flight, but the fog didn’t start lifting until around 10:00. It was just before noon when the plane arrived. I had just told the students to get ready for their spelling test when I heard the plane. Told them to go up to the airstrip and help Daddy first, and they could have their spelling test when they got back. So that’s what they did.
By the time we finished school, had lunch, and everyone had left, it was about 2:45 when we went for a nap. It was cold too. The air was quite damp today so it felt colder than it has on the drier cold days. When we got up from nap, however, the sun was shining, and it was a little warmer. I got the freezer loaded up, got broccoli and carrots cut up for supper and a pot of rice ready to cook. Then I started putting food away that Daddy hadn’t put away. Finished that job about the time supper was ready. After supper, there was laundry to do. Just finished that about fifteen minutes ago. That’s why I’m tired. Can hardly keep my eyes open. But I’m thankful that Daddy is finally home.
“22Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus….” Romans 3:22-24 Wonderful words of life!