June 8. The Lord sent us another cool and cloudy day, with some rain now and then. The sun peeked through for a little while. It was wash day. Daddy took down the ropes that were in the school/meeting room and hung them in our bedroom. It would never do to hang up clothes in the schoolroom. They would have been in the way.
People have gotten word that the provincial governor is going to be coming tomorrow to campaign for re-election and to give some money to the school, we understand. We also understand that people are gearing up for a singsing in his honor.
We have also heard that the current member for Obura-Wonenara district is going to be coming this weekend too. He is also running for re-election. It should be interesting since Kelly is due back in the village this weekend, and Kelly is his opponent.
After school this morning, Bethuel and Steve cut some firewood. They only worked about two hours so didn’t get much cut to replace all that we have been using. So we will have to have more cut tomorrow probably.
This afternoon, I worked on lesson plans for a little while. Aveqo came with some greens so that was a blessing as we had no veggies for supper. I sorted and washed the greens and got them ready to cook. Then prepared a pot of potatoes and Singapore. I guess I should have dumped off some of the water before adding milk powder and butter, because our mashed potatoes turned out to be potato soup. But that was okay — it tasted good.
After supper and dishes, I worked on lesson plans again. Have Bible and English lessons planned for next week. Now need to do math and Owena language.
“1Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; 2In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” Titus 1:1,2
June 9. The Lord was pleased to give us a mostly rainy day with lots of fog. We heard it start raining between 3;15 and 3:30 this morning, and it kept raining for almost four hours. Perhaps the Lord was using the rain to keep the governor from coming today and the people singsinging for him. However, before we even lay down for nap this afternoon, we heard the beating of the kundus (drums). And by the time we got up, they were already singsinging. We put on music that was more pleasant to the ears and restful to the soul. Later in the afternoon, the group of singsingers came dancing up the airstrip, going up to meet Kelly who had arrived back home, coming through Pinata and Waisara and Marivo. I didn’t even stay at the window and watch. It just makes me feel so sad to see how these people’s minds have been blinded by Satan because they have refused to believe the truth.
Not many came for lotu this morning. Mike gave an encouraging talk on holiness, using several verses in Corinthians, Thessalonians, and I Peter: God’s holiness, Christ’s sinlessness, and His command for us to be holy.
The rest of the morning was used doing various tasks — taking down the clothes that were washed yesterday and getting most of them folded and put away (I folded and put away the rest after doing dishes this evening); finishing up lesson plans for this coming week; washing my hair, cleaning.
This afternoon, I took the trash out and burned it. It seemed good to get out. The house felt a bit stuffy after having the wood stove going all day yesterday and all morning today. We let the wood stove fire die down this afternoon as there is not enough firewood cut, but there were still hot coals in it this evening so Daddy has been throwing chips in there to keep it alive and keep the dampness out of the house. It is raining quite heavily again this evening. We are actually thankful for the rain as we don’t know if there was a singsing planned or not. But the world is much too wet now if anything was planned.
Also got the June ministry update written this afternoon and a few e-mails ready to go out this evening.
“But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour.” Titus 1:3 How important it is for preachers to be sent out to bear the glad tidings to a lost and dying world!