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Blog Posts from Indonesia

Yay…I was finally able to log back into my blog.  It has been a bit moody with me trying to post from Indonesia.

That said, you can see visually what we have been doing by checking out the following:

  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Facbook (I have been uploading many many photos and telling our story through visual elements.  It uploads way quicker for this internet that goes in and out.)

Today Dana is taking all the church staff spouses out to lunch and we are hitting up the Youth Service tonight.  Tomorrow we have the opportunity to have lunch with a new couple from the church, treating them like we would if they came through the doors at Open Life.  Should be a great cultural experience as they are from Latvia.

One of the things that has been bothering me since Sunday, I met more than one person at ICA that mentioned to me that they had studied for periods of up to 8 years in the States and never met a Christian the whole time they were there.  They met people who didn’t have faith, but nobody ever invited them to church even.  For those who are in church, don’t let that be the story of those you meet.  Discipleship begins with an introduction.  We are meeting people everyday who are seeking life, and we have the key to life in our understanding of Jesus.  Let’s not sleep on the job!

Anyway…we have great ministry happening and can’t wait to see what is yet to come after a quick break in Bali.  We are back in Surabaya and pastoring away!

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Update from Indonesia

Been a couple days…things have been crazy busy with ministry and fun.

Sunday was great sharing at ICA East.  I preached the first in a 4 week series called Mindful.  There were so many people who expressed their appreciation of the talk and how it was perfect timing.  Love seeing how God can speak a message to a communicator across the world and make it timely for those here in Indonesia.  AMAZING

After service we went out to another crazy good restaurant where Jaiden ate nearly a whole family sized serving plate of Kung Pao Chicken.  She is loving the spicy foods!  Taking after her daddy for sure.

Sunday night we invited the staff over for Homemade Apple Crisp at the house.  Was fun to watch the girls open up and the whole family get to know some great people.

Yesterday we spent the day at the zoo.  Long drive from the house (2 and 1/2 hours into the Volcanic mountains.  There was traffic all the way.  This zoo allowed you to get so close to the animals .  Dana placed some of the photos from the zoo on her Facebook HERE.

I continue to see crazy stuff from our driving around.  Here are a few moment in picture.

Another day on the roads of Surabaya
Another day on the roads of Surabaya
Largest Mosque in Surabaya.  This place is huge.
Largest Mosque in Surabaya. This place is huge.
The white lines mean nothing in Surabaya, and obviously the shoulder is just another potential lane!
The white lines mean nothing in Surabaya, and obviously the shoulder is just another potential lane!
They are constantly burning their trash here, so smoke is a constant.  The Volcanos are constantly releasing ash into the atmosphere as well, so you are driving along and suddenly you see a mountain that has been there the whole time, you can just finally see it.
They are constantly burning their trash here, so smoke is a constant. The Volcanos are constantly releasing ash into the atmosphere as well, so you are driving along and suddenly you see a mountain that has been there the whole time, you can just finally see it.
Taking picks of kids on bikes never gets old.
Taking picks of kids on bikes never gets old.
When you have an oversized load a Uturn can break your axel.  Just another day on the road.
When you have an oversized load a Uturn can break your axel. Just another day on the road.
you see it all on the road
you see it all on the road
Every light another opportunity for business.  At least these were adults and not the 4 year olds at most other lights.
Every light another opportunity for business. At least these were adults and not the 4 year olds at most other lights.
Because they can I guess!
Because they can I guess!
Who wants to work on this scaffolding?
Who wants to work on this scaffolding?
Let's put a bunch of sticks together and climb to the top.  WOW
Let’s put a bunch of sticks together and climb to the top. WOW
Look at the reality of this image.  They are trying to keep the demolition from falling on those going into a restaurant below.  What I don't think the guy with the hammer realizes, is the way this is going to fall when he hits it.
Look at the reality of this image. They are trying to keep the demolition from falling on those going into a restaurant below. What I don’t think the guy with the hammer realizes, is the way this is going to fall when he hits it.
Look the white man is taking my picture mom.
Look the white man is taking my picture mom.
Let's just say Jenna was afraid that the animals we could reach through and touch might eat her little brother.
Let’s just say Jenna was afraid that the animals we could reach through and touch might eat her little brother.
Never have I been this close to something so beautiful and huge.  I could literally feel and smell it's breath from the two feet away where I was.  Good thing the sign warned me not to stick my fingers in.  I would have totally not known to keep my hands out.  LOL
Never have I been this close to something so beautiful and huge. I could literally feel and smell it’s breath from the two feet away where I was. Good thing the sign warned me not to stick my fingers in. I would have totally not known to keep my hands out. LOL
Don't look now but there is an animal right behind you! "really?"
Don’t look now but there is an animal right behind you! “really?”
Just us with some crazy characters
Just us with some crazy characters
They thought being close to the animals was fun when they were small enough to be on the other side of the cage we were riding in.
They thought being close to the animals was fun when they were small enough to be on the other side of the cage we were riding in.
As the animals got bigger...everyone on board became a bit scared.  Especially this lady who chose to hide in Dana's lap.
As the animals got bigger…everyone on board became a bit scared. Especially this lady who chose to hide in Dana’s lap.
Don't look now, but I think it's time for another skirt Chief!
Don’t look now, but I think it’s time for another skirt Chief!
Don't look now, but I think we are about to get eaten!  Nice little kitty kitty.  Kids get in the car...LOL
Don’t look now, but I think we are about to get eaten! Nice little kitty kitty. Kids get in the car…LOL

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Ministry Day & life in Surabaya

Thought I would summarize our ministry day through photos.

This is the location of ICA West where we meet before heading out for ministry and the location of one of the campuses for the church.  Huge Mall
This is the location of ICA West where we meet before heading out for ministry and the location of one of the campuses for the church. Huge Mall
These dudes help cars back out into the roads, kind of! Put their lives at risk over and over.
These dudes help cars back out into the roads, kind of! Put their lives at risk over and over.
Can you say Motorcycles...wow
Can you say Motorcycles…wow
View from the roof of the Mall where ICA is located
View from the roof of the Mall where ICA is located
Mei and her daughter talking with the family in the car we get toted around Surabaya inside of.
Mei and her daughter talking with the family in the car we get toted around Surabaya inside of.
Isn't she a beauty queen!  And notice the hands of Preston...he copies everything you do these days.
Isn’t she a beauty queen! And notice the hands of Preston…he copies everything you do these days.
Antony on the right and our driver Ridwan deciding which way to get us to the ministry for today.
Antony on the right and our driver Ridwan deciding which way to get us to the ministry for today.
These bikes are traveling at 3 times the speed as us and sometimes three wide in about a 3 foot space.  Note Preston photobombing at the age of 2!
These bikes are traveling at 3 times the speed as us and sometimes three wide in about a 3 foot space. Note Preston photobombing at the age of 2!
There are a lot of people in that van.
There are a lot of people in that van.
See what I said about the kids, they are having fun driving though!
See what I said about the kids, they are having fun driving though!
Outreach with the kids under a tarp in the center of a graveyard.  It's the only place the local community will let them meet. Dangerous to get to!
Outreach with the kids under a tarp in the center of a graveyard. It’s the only place the local community will let them meet. Dangerous to get to!
Just taking it in as they learn english through a kids book about animals.
Just taking it in as they learn english through a kids book about animals.
Jaiden did all the breakouts with some new friends!
Jaiden did all the breakouts with some new friends!
and more friends
and more friends
and more friends...this is an amazing picture!
and more friends…this is an amazing picture!
The locals were going crazy over the twin factor!  Joslyn and Jenna felt like celebrities.
The locals were going crazy over the twin factor! Joslyn and Jenna felt like celebrities.

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Looks like a poster for a hunger campaign, but just a family trying to learn english and Jesus in a graveyard.
Looks like a poster for a hunger campaign, but just a family trying to learn english and Jesus in a graveyard.

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The pastor and founder of the church in the community is this man on the right.  11 years of ministry that began with a bag of rice and a prayer.
The pastor and founder of the church in the community is this man on the right. 11 years of ministry that began with a bag of rice and a prayer.

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coloring A for Apple
coloring A for Apple
This is what happens when a boy gets tired in the heat of the day.
This is what happens when a boy gets tired in the heat of the day.
This is someones home.  Consider yourself blessed.
This is someones home. Consider yourself blessed.
We made the challenging walk into an area just on the edge of the Red Light district just outside the graveyard
We made the challenging walk into an area just on the edge of the Red Light district just outside the graveyard
You can see the homes scattered amidst the tombs.
You can see the homes scattered amidst the tombs.
anyone need to go potty?
anyone need to go potty?
Look closely...tons of these around this place
Look closely…tons of these around this place
The teens learning in the church building that is pastored by the guy pictured earlier.  They cannot have church here, but can do english studies.
The teens learning in the church building that is pastored by the guy pictured earlier. They cannot have church here, but can do english studies.

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Twin power.  They feel famous.  Look at their faces drinking it up.
Twin power. They feel famous. Look at their faces drinking it up.
Steven wanted pictures.  The kid is studying 4 languages and is very smart.
Stefanus wanted pictures. The kid is studying 4 languages and is very smart.

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A humble home.  Cool looking though!
A humble home. Cool looking though!
Just for fun around the hood!
Just for fun around the hood!
Family outing
Family outing
Can't imagine
Can’t imagine
wow, these guys were flying too!
wow, these guys were flying too!

We made it

Nothing like traveling for 3 days of your life.  That pretty much sums up our experience thus far.  We left our home just after 10pm on Sunday and arrived at the Taylor’s beautiful home in Surabaya at 12:30am on Wednesday.  We only traveled for 36 hours of that.  Confusing huh?  Well that is what our bodies think as well.IMG_9892

You can track some of our photos on my Instagram as we have wifi I will post the iphone versions of what is happening.

Fun notes from day one included:

  • The first 12hour flight was a piece of cake.  We were worried about that one the most, but it actually went quick.  (The landing was another story as we came down into a very powerful lightning storm.  You could see it out of the windows IMG_9902and when we landed it was loud booms and crackles.  That got the girls a bit scared and nervous)
  • The lay over in Taipei took more out of us than we thought.  We didn’t know where to look for food, so we found ourselves eating some muffins and hydrating a bit. We were tired, so we found some seats and crashed.  After that we found the more restful space on the 4th floor of the airport and enjoyed ourselves a bit more as Preston and Jaiden were a big hit with the locals.  IMG_9945Their waving, dancing and interactions were photo material for those passing by. We moved around every couple hours of the 13 we were there to help pass time and the play areas in the mall portions of the airport were perfect.
  • The storm was so severe that many flights were being delayed and cancelled so we were almost positive our trip was going to become a lot longer than we desired, but somehow by the grace of God our flight was the first one on time out of the hour or two preceding it.
  • We made is safely into Surabaya, Indonesia on time, but Dana and I had slept so deeply on the flight that we didn’t even have our immigration forms completed.  The culture showed itself as the plane came to a stop.  All of those on board shoved their way to the front of the exit of the plane.  It’s a cultural thing to shove and cut in line we were told, so we were supposed to just shove back and say “permisi”.  Well, we didn’t do that…we kindly let those go before us that were in such a hurry and exited the plane last.  But they thought everyone had gone by the time we reached the exit door and found ourselves locked in a hallway for a bit.  IMG_9961The Indonesian authorities figured out how to get us out of there and on our way but it was kind of funny.
  • When exiting they didn’t give us a bad time at all about why we were here or what was in our luggage.  Sometimes they do for westerners, but we had much grace there.  We made our way outside to a mob of people from Surabaya.  It looked like a crazy crowd waiting for Justin Beiber to exit the plane, so they must have been bummed to see us!  LOL
  • The car ride from our very hospitable hosts was quick and easy.  We were tired and crashed without even taking the time to figure out the wifi to tell people we made it.
  • We slept good and woke up ready to get the day started with sermon planning team meeting and Dana headed out to do some shopping for food.  We saw the church and had some really good food.  The girls said we need to eat there often because they love noodles.
  • In the church we saw a wall where they have 100 photo frames and the first 28 have pictures of their completed churches.  I posted an image of #29 on my Instagram…we will be building this one in 3 weeks.  And have a place on the wall of vision.

Well…going to hang with the family today and get an early night to bed before hitting the ministry roles tomorrow.

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Partnership

I am continually amazed at the partnerships in Bonney Lake that we have been able to put in place.  To have people within the community genuinely excited to support our efforts in Surabaya August 19th to September 18 is amazing.

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All week this week June 24 through the 30th Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Bonney Lake is donating 10% of people’s total bill to our trip if they just bring in THIS FLYER (will print 4 to a page so you can give 3 away!).  We are working Continue reading Partnership