August 18. When we got up this morning, it looked like it was going to be another sunny day. Everybody else thought it was going to be a sunny day, too, and they talked about burning off the kunai and catching mumuts. Before mid-morning, however, the skies were all clouded over. There were a few sprinkles off and on today.
There were about 20 people here for lotu this morning, and almost all of them have colds. Matthew is still pretty sick and was not here. Daddy did the teaching, using I Timothy 2:2 and showing them the need to continue to pray for their government even though elections are over. Dallas led the singing this morning. Tomas translated for Daddy, and then took prayer requests. The first verse for tomorrow is Colossians 3:12, which talks about the elect of God.
After lotu, I went to work making bread and cookies. I thought I had four cups of flour left, which would have been enough for one loaf of bread. But Daddy wanted cookies too. So I decided I would divide the flour in half and make a small batch of cookies and a few English muffins. Well, when I measured the flour, there was less than three and a half cups. Now what will I do?
I put two cups in a bowl for the bread and the rest in another bowl for cookies. Then I added a cup of cornmeal to the bread bowl. Added the yeast and other ingredients. Had to use some rice flour for kneading the dough. It made seven nice English muffins. I set those near the wood stove to rise.
For the cookies, I added two cups of oats and 1/3 cup of cocoa powder. Added sugar and oil and the rest of the cookie ingredients and it made 28 cookies, plus one raw cookie for Daddy to eat ahead of time.
Then there was granola to make. Got all the ingredients for that into the big pan and mixed them up.
While I was waiting for the bread to rise, I cleaned the chalkboard in the meeting room and then swept the floor. After that, it was time to sit down a while so I worked on some school lessons in the computer. About 11:00, I started heating the oven so I could cook the bread, cookies, and granola.
This afternoon, I wrote an e-mail to the Turtles. Sent that and tried to send the other two e-mails to Christy and Connie again, but the computer just will not send them. So I guess they will wait until Daddy goes to town on Monday.
After that I cleaned the bathroom; and before supper, I started putting corrections for Pidgin I & II Corinthians in the computer file.
“1Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: 2Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” II Peter 1:1-4
August 19. Praise the Lord for giving us sunshine again! I would have loved to have gone outside and soaked some of it up, but the winds were very strong this afternoon when the sun was at its best. Before lotu this morning, there were mostly clouds.
This is the first Sunday morning in a long time that I didn’t make pancakes for Daddy. But with no flour, it was rather difficult to make pancakes. I did make some corn-rice pancakes for myself. After breakfast, quiet time, and walking, I wrote e-mails that I wanted to get done before Daddy goes to town. Then I worked more on the corrections in the Corinthians file.
There were a number of people missing in lotu this morning. We understand that some are pretty sick with colds. Daddy preached today on Colossians 3:12-16. He asked me to sing “Husat Man I Laik” (Whosoever Will) for the invitation song because he couldn’t find a song in the Pidgin song book that fit with his message.
This afternoon I was able to finish up the Corinthians corrections and then worked on conference pictures to send to Christy and Connie. Daddy will send them when he is in town, or try to anyway.
I was thankful to get all the printing done for the week this evening (hopefully I didn’t forget anything). In between times, I wrote answers on the chalkboard for soul-winning class.
“5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” II Peter 1:5-9
August 20. Almost 7:30 p.m. The house is very quiet. The Lord has been so gracious to us today. We woke up this morning to a cold 52º but clear skies. It was wash day, and I was up a little before 6:00 and got the clothes sorted and ready to wash. Had three small loads today, but there were lots of little things so they filled up most of the line space. I was so happy to get outside in the sunshine and fresh air. I looked up into the clear deep blue sky and thanked the Lord for answering prayer and giving good weather for Daddy’s trip to town.
We didn’t have school today. I gave the kids the day off so I could help Daddy get ready to go. Did some house cleaning, and got an e-birthday card ready for Daddy to send to Ellen when he gets to town. Got school materials ready for tomorrow. MAF came around 11:00, and Daddy was off to town. I went out and brought the clothes in while waiting for the plane to take off.
For lunch I made a noodle vegetable soup, using the leftover canned veggies from yesterday. Added some seaweed, too. Cut up the rest of the popo to eat alongside it.
The afternoon was very quiet. People were off mumut hunting today. I did some more cleaning.
Had the rest of the noodle soup for supper. Got the dishes done and was waiting for bath water to heat when there was a knock on the door. It was Sani. We talked a while, and I showed her what we do in our school classes. She said she doesn’t care if it is third grade, she would still like to come and have class with the others. I did find an old fourth grade math book that we had gotten at a second hand store in the states and told her she could erase that and use that for math. I am sure she is probably way ahead of the others in math, as she had already started 8th grade before she left school. She is in her twenties. I am excited about having another young lady in the class.
After she left, I had my bath and then had time for prayer.
“10Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” II Peter 1:10,11
Let us strive to have an abundant entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior!