April 1. Today was still quite cool and mostly cloudy. The Lord sent us some sunshine this afternoon, but there was still a cool breeze. No rain today though. We kept the fire just barely going today to keep the chill off the house. Letting the fire go out yesterday afternoon was the wrong thing to do, especially since I washed my hair. By evening, I was all stuffed up and feeling lousy. Went to bed a little earlier than usual, but no bath. It was too cold. Thought maybe I could get a bath this morning before lotu, but it was too cold most of the morning too. I did get a nice bath this evening right after doing the dishes. I am thankful to be feeling clean again.
By the time people were here for morning lotu, I was really worn out so went back to bed. Daddy preached on the Lord’s supper since it is the first time for many of these people to partake of the Lord’s supper since being saved, and it would have new meaning for them. Mike did a good job giving the offering report, Daddy said. Amos translated for Daddy this morning. Tomas had charge of the song and testimony time in the afternoon service following the Lord’s supper.
After the morning meeting, the three ladies who helped make the unleavened bread yesterday came and poured the grape juice and got it ready for the Lord’s supper. Just before the second meeting started, they got things taken out to the other room and set up. I stayed up long enough to take part in the Lord’s supper. Then went down for another rest.
Tomas’s boy brought pretty white lilies today. They said they never used to have them here, but now they grow in the kunai (tall grass). They wonder if some of the birds from the lowlands have dropped seeds here. We talked about the lilies of the field mentioned in the Bible.
Second lotu didn’t finish until around 3:00. There were four specials and a testimony. There was a good group here for both meetings, although not many partook of the Lord’s supper. Out of 25 members, there were only 14 who partook.
This afternoon, after everyone left, I got the chalkboard cleaned off and wrote some math exercises on it. Got the rest of the materials ready for school tomorrow.
People are here this evening for soul-winning class. After they leave, I’ll get the flannelgraph board put out there and put the books back out on the shelves.
“And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.” Ephesians 6:19
April 2. Another day for keeping the wood stove going. I was thankful for the Lord’s help today to be able to teach. I really have a whopper of a cold. The kids, and the papas (dads) too, did very well in spelling English today. They even spelled words that I didn’t give them to learn, although they have had words that rhyme and have heard the words read and seen them in their word lists. So I was really pleased with their progress.
There were a few peanuts in the cupboard that needed to be shelled so Bonita stayed and did that after school. Then we had our lunch. I took quite a long nap. I was really wiped out.
After nap, I got things ready for school tomorrow. Then I made a pot pie for supper with the rest of the chicken stew. While that was cooking, I worked on some more lesson material.
While I was doing dishes this evening, Frina came with Judy. They waited a few minutes while I finished the dishes, and then I visited with them.
“20According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 21For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:20,21