September 30. Praise the Lord for His grace and mercy today! I woke up early this morning and didn’t see any sense in just lying there in bed so got up a little early—about 10 minutes before 6:00. The Lord gave us a lovely morning—blue skies, pink clouds. There was lots of fog too; but it was fast-moving fog so the plane could have easily come in here by 8:00. However, they changed their schedule so it was after 10:30 before Daddy left for town. The Lord sent a few sprinkles of rain this afternoon and good cloud cover for the hikers. But the sun came back out again later.
Right after breakfast this morning, I hung out the clothes that we washed last night. Then I had quiet time; gathered up the trash to be burned later; and spent more time playing some of the songs in the song book and making changes where needed. Then I had a snack and relaxed a bit in the recliner. After Daddy left, I got the clothes in and then had about a half hour nap before there was a knock on the door. Gibson wanted the key to the generator shed. One of his chickens was sitting on eggs in there. I told him that Daddy had found a broken egg in there yesterday. After he put the eggs and mama chicken in a box and brought them out, he said that it looked like a dog had probably eaten several eggs. I think he said there were just four left. Mama chicken was putting up quite a fuss about being removed from the nest she had made in there.
It was getting close to noon by then so I got my dinner. Cooked up some rice pasta, added onions and tuna, and made a cream sauce to go on it. Had a plateful of that with some greens. Then I cleaned out the pressure cooker so I could put the pumpkin and left over pasta in it. Erik came to get some salt and oil for the ladies to use in cooking the greens they were preparing along with other food for the hungry crowd that was on their way home from the youth camp. He said that they were already down at the river.
While I was eating, and afterward, I made corrections in the song files. Then I had my afternoon nap. When I got up, there was a gentle rain falling; but the sun was coming out, and I could see the rain was going to stop soon. So I took the trash out to burn it. While I was out there, Elisapet came for water. I talked with her for a while. She said that everyone was possibly on their way up already.
When I came back inside, I washed my hair and then cut a piece of popo and had that for snack along with a banana. Got things ready for starting the fire in the wood stove in the morning.
A little later, I heard things hitting the generator shed (and maybe the generator too) and looked out to see some children throwing stones at the generator shed. (Later when I went down to look, I saw that they were not stones but some kind of small unripe fruit.) After I hollered at them four times, and they kept coming back, I finally went out and asked Gibson, Tomas, and Erik if they would take care of the matter. (The men were sitting up on the hill talking while the women were preparing food.) The boys must have seen me go up because they ran off.
Put a couple eggs on to boil, and then worked on checking II Timothy until time to get my supper and while I was eating. Was thankful to have finished II Timothy. Then I shut down the computer and started the dishes. One of the young boys came with a note from Matthew asking for batteries for the loud speaker. Apparently they had taken the speaker with them. After a while, I could hear music playing. The group of young people and chaperons came back rejoicing, playing the music on the loud speaker all the way through the village until they got here.
Phinehas came to the door to get biscuits and lollies for two of the little ones who were happy to see him back. Talked with him just a few minutes as the ladies were waiting for them all to come. He said they had played music and sung songs all the way there and back, around town, and while they were there. People shook their hands and gave them little gifts. Phinehas had charged three batteries for his phone before he left so he could keep changing them to use for playing the music. He was able to charge them again at youth camp. They also bought batteries for the lound speaker, but the batteries gave out before they got here. Also shook hands with Bethuel, Sosthenes, and Dallas as they came by. Haven’t seen the other students yet. They said they will need to rest tomorrow and will start school again on Wednesday. I told them I want to hear their stories when they come back to school.
The ladies had prepared a couple songs to sing too (besides the food) to welcome everyone back. I’m so thankful that the young people went out with singing and came back with rejoicing. I finally got the dishes done and now am ready to relax for the evening.
“57But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” I Corinthians 15:57,58
October 1. Looked out the window and saw lots and lots of bright twinkling stars last night before bed so thought it would be pretty cold this morning. However, it was only down to 58º when I got up so I did not start the fire in the wood stove. It was a lovely morning, and the air soon began to warm up. Since it was getting warmer faster outside than in, I opened the back door around 8:00.
The first thing I did this morning was make granola. While it was baking, I cut up a piece of popo and a banana and had that to eat. Had a bowl of granola after it came out of the oven. Had my quiet time too. Got the bed made and then spent some time finding music and playing songs to make sure they fit right to the tunes. At 10:00, I took a break and had a snack. Folded the clothes that we had washed Sunday evening. Worked until dinner time on checking Titus. Warmed up leftover tuna/noodles that I had made yesterday and had that and pumpkin for my dinner. Finished checking Titus before I went for nap.
After nap, I went out for a little stretch in the sunshine. Had more popo and banana for snack. Got out some of the things that we’ll be using in the drama and put them in boxes so I can show them to the students. Then checked the book of Philemon. That didn’t take long. Took a little stretch and then started working on September’s progress report. Fixed a couple sandwiches for my supper. Cut the sleeves of a long-sleeved blouse short and started hemming them up until it got too dark in the bedroom to see. Almost finished one sleeve. Then I took the garbage out to the garbage hole before it got too dark. Now we are getting little sprinkles of rain.
“For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” I Corinthians 16:9