Archive for March, 2011

Halfway done!

28 March 2011

We finished up our first half of school this past week, and now are on a one-week break. Even though we don’t have the four seasons here, the students still had spring fever and were quite ready for a break… and so was the teacher! We “made it” through the last push of finishing papers and cramming for (or in my case, writing and then grading) tests, and we’re DONE. It’s such a good feeling, which I guess you can probably tell. 🙂 I have a huge list of things to do but am especially looking forward to hopefully spending lots of time with Kiari ladies and picking up a good bit of culture and tok ples (the village language). Please pray for the Lord to give good opportunities and understanding, and that I would be able to be a blessing and have some good ministry opportunities with these ladies.

We are in the midst of a four-week ladies’ Bible study, and I’d appreciate your prayers for that as well. It had to be canceled last week because of a haus krai (which I’ll explain in a minute), so will last three more Fridays. Mrs. Smith and Karen Hall are each taking a week, and Belinda Richter is coming from Aibai to teach a week. Many ladies will come to these Bible studies who wouldn’t come to church. Please pray for believers to grow and unbelievers to come to Christ.

A haus krai (house cry) is a time of mourning after someone dies. People rub mud on their faces and wail. It seems to be a particularly big deal when someone dies in another place. Recently a couple of Kiari-related people died in other places, and their bodies were just brought back yesterday. Please pray that people will think of eternity and turn to Christ.

Have a great week!

Elizabeth

“O use me, Lord, use even me, Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where….” -Frances Ridley Havergal

School

12 March 2011

That word really sums up what takes up the vast majority of my time. I feel like these posts are running a little dry because people probably don’t always want to be reading about school, but it’s really my life! It keeps me busy six days a week, and sometimes to late hours of the night. Please don’t get the idea that I’m killing myself; I’ve adapted our schedule to be light on days with church activities in the afternoon and sometimes other days are short (today was because we had lots of tests), but the longer ones have just been much more common lately. I desire so much to do the very best I can to give my students an excellent education. Please pray that the Lord will continue to give wisdom and strength for this big job!

Honestly, there is rarely a dull moment at Joy Christian School! Not that we’re always uproarious, but we have a great deal of fun. 🙂 In 2nd grade reading this week we were studying a play, and so I had the middlers and 5th graders join us so we could have more people to cover all the parts. One of the things I’m really working on them about is reading English expressively, and so I made them really try to put some life into the parts, which they all thought was hilarious. For instance, “Grandmother Cricket” had to click her tongue and tap her cane, and the Big Raccoon had to talk in a mean, rough voice. Of course when they did everyone else burst out laughing. 🙂 I think it was enjoyable for all, and hopefully just as profitable as fun. 🙂

Another funny thing was that last week I just gave one student 8/10 on her journal and wrote a note telling her to try to make it longer next time. At the end of my comment I put a smiley face. Well, when I got her journal back this week she had scribbled out my smiley face and drawn two sad faces. One of them even had tears! That made me laugh several times throughout the day when I remembered it. 🙂 And I can’t neglect to say that this week her journal was much more thoroughly done, so I was glad to be able to give her 10/10. 🙂

I’ve been really praying that the students would open up to me and let me have a more personal ministry with them. I think I’ve also asked you to pray about that; please keep it up. Last week for the first time ever a student came to me and apologized for petty stealing—something I’ve known was going on, but no student has ever owned up to it. She said that the Lord convicted her through the preaching at church on Wednesday night and she couldn’t sleep. She’d made it right with the Lord and wanted to make it right with me, and then asked me to pray with her and ask the Lord to help her do right. I felt like crying and jumping for joy all at the same time!!! Please pray that the Lord would similarly work in other students’ hearts and that they’d be tender to His working. I’m specifically praying that they’ll be uncomfortable in their sin.

Thank you so much for “holding the ropes” for me through your prayers. Please don’t ever underestimate the importance of this big part you have in my ministry here!

Elizabeth

“O use me, Lord, use even me, Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where….” -Frances Ridley Havergal

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