Tuesday, March 23, 2010

just have to share...

....after coming home from a beautiful morning of Bible Study.

After praying before going to Bible Study this morning and asking God to bless it, I am just in awe at His Power again. He is so Mighty, and He can do whatever He wishes with His Word. Sometimes I think that before I go to Bible Study, I worry too much about what I am going to say, how I will say it, will my Tok Pisin (the local "trade" language) be good enough, etc, etc. What am I thinking? God can do anything. He can use my mumblings and bumblings in whichever way He wants, because it is His Word and His Spirit doing the work...and I/we are just weak human instruments.

Can you tell it was a good morning?? It was. A beautiful morning. We were speaking about the work of the Holy Spirit. We were speaking about the fruits of the Spirit. What a lesson for all of us. Do we walk in the Spirit? A life with the Spirit is characterized by love; a humble, loving walk with the Lord which seeks His Kingdom and the good of others! The Spirit is not some tool for us to use as we please...the Spirit is God and He will work!

God uses His Word to let His Spirit work. And He did that this morning too. We had such wonderful and open discussions, and one woman was moved to tearfully apologize to everyone else for having wronged them in the times she has gossiped about them and not showed them love. What a blessing! What a lesson for me personally! And what made it an even greater blessing is that over the last weeks we have spent time praying for this member who's tongue is sometimes sharp and has caused pain among our women. God does do amazing things.

We pray He may help her to change and to learn to always speak the truth in Love. And as I shared with all the women, may we all search our own hearts and examine our own lives and where there is sin and a need for change, may we confess our sins and seek to walk our lives under the guidance of the Holy Spirit!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

literacy photos

Had another literacy class last Thursday and again today. Last Thursday I actually remembered my camera and took some photos so here they are:

The girls and ladies hard at work...

Lending a helping hand to one another....

And here they all - with all their smiling faces! Eleven of them are taking the new course with me (two continuing on from last year), two come along just to learn some more things and to help out a bit, and one comes a long as a helper.

The new students, as well as the two continuing on, are doing so well. I think that my two students continuing on from last year are getting a real boost because they watch the speed at which the younger ones learn and this encourages them to keep at it. And today I saw such progress in these two students - what a blessing. And, well, what a difference it makes teaching predominantly younger students. Their minds are so much sharper - today I was again amazed at how quickly some of them are catching on and at how good their memories are! Praise God...and we pray it will continue. It actually is great for my enthusiasm as well. Good thing, too, because on Thursday we will go back to "school" for another literacy class and I am looking forward to it!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Just trying to see if I can upload video

Okay, so this is something new for me....just trying to upload some short video clips. I took them on Kirilee's cheepo camera this morning so they are not of particularly good quality, and then I made them smaller so they wouldn't take too long to upload. I hope they work!

On this first one you will have to excuse my singing....I had no idea it would be quite that loud and overbearing... and, no, I didn't get blessed with one of those beautiful singing voices! This is singing before the service has started. Kirilee is holding Louisa...she is adorable!

The second is just a short clip of Andrew leading the service. Both clips were taken this morning at church.

Then while I am at it I may as well post some photos:

Kirilee and Louisa at church this morning.

And below are some photos of Pewee fishing....a fun fishing time for kids at the yacht club - held on last Saturday morning from 8-10am (and it was already sweltering and hot in the sun, especially with the water reflecting the heat.) All fishing gear, as well as some refreshments are supplied and you just have to turn up and fish.... Shiana, as per usual, was the only one in our family who caught a fish (though I didn't have the camera when she caught it....Andrew brought that down later when he popped in for a few minutes).

Shiana doing her thing!

Kirilee didn't want to fish until Shiana caught one, but then she did!

Shiana along with the other kids who caught fish. Those who actually caught a fish got a prize bag with goodies in it from Coca Cola, and all the kids got a small gift for participating.

Friday, March 5, 2010

a good morning

It's been hard for me this time round (after this second miscarriage) to get motivated and back into church work again. I just wanted to drag my feet and stay at home and just do "my own" thing. I had to keep reminding myself that "my time" is not really "my time", but actually "God's time", given to me to use for His Glory. Our little girl, Ashlyn (don't let her know I called her little!!), is at preschool 3 days a week, so I do have the time to continue with Bible Study and Literacy, it was just the motivation element that was on the back-burner. However, I knew I had to start, I knew I should start, and that sense of duty brought me back into my Thursday morning literacy class.

And what a joy!! Maybe it was a sense of duty that brought me into the literacy class, but how God used that to motivate me again! Isn't it wonderful to reflect on how He does amazing things like that? He gave me such a great morning! There's a bunch of 8 or so new young women (girls?teenagers? most of them don't know their ages, so that's my guess) along with two others continuing on (as they just haven't got there in the last course). Then there's a couple of helpers from the last course, who come along to help out, and to do some extra, harder work that I give them!

And...I am using a new course, and I am making it my own as I go, drawing on my experiences from the last year or so. The students did so well. We played phonics games and had fun while learning. They were smiling and I was smiling...all in all a great morning. Just what I needed to be motivated to start Bible Study again next week and to continue on with literacy!

And I meant to take some photos of the new group, but I forgot my camera. Maybe next time??