Saturday, 28 June 2008
Friday, 27 June 2008
Inside David's family's home - Adrian and Joan were so excited about this visit
Further, a school has just been opened on the property. Called 'Tarsha's Legacy Centre' (in rememberance of Natarsha, a young Tasmanian lady who lived a short earthly life, but whose passion for the poor lives on) this school serves not only the new community but also children in the immediate district. Shansi heads up the school of 90 children, together with a great team of staff.
Carol thriving at the centre; Shansi is in the white t-shirt beside her. Adrian is clicking away happily in the background.
This was an inspiring time that we spent with Patrick and Carol. It was great having Adrian and Joan with us too. They have a huge heart for these kind of initiatives, demonstrated over the decades in their involvement with such initiatives as 'Business Aid'.
Having a wonder through the new community
Monday, 23 June 2008
Friday, 20 June 2008
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
So today we took possession of the property that shall be dedicated on Sunday as 'Wonderful' Healing Home. It has scrubbed up pretty well too - the owners are stuff collectors, so with the majority of the 'stuff' now gone (and some stored in nooks and crannys inside and out) we can go to work and scrub it really clean and set up the house for receiving the sick and needy. A lot of furniture has been left for our use too, that is a real blessing.
Chheat - my man Monday to Friday
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Here's our good natured landlord - a retired former high-ranking government official, his daughter who is a very well-known singer, and son-in-law Manny, with Mike Cullen. Those are mango trees front and back - yay!!
Our take-over date is Monday June 16. We will hold a dedication service on-site on Sunday 22 June. Chris Lee has his tickets booked, as do good Toowoomba friends Adrian and Joan Meston. We are thrilled to have these awesome friends stand alongside us for this time.
Crossing the Mekong River by barge - Colleen and Mike
A 'whats-your-name' ice-breaker game had everyone having fun at the beginnng of the teaching sessions
Mike has been camping at our place since Tuesday. He heads back to kiwi-land tomorrow. He's busy with AO again today, doing staff training. We re-scheduled our Sunday afternoon homegroup to last night also, and asked Mike to lead that time. He was excellent and folk certainly were ministered too.
Not much of a pic - but that is Charlie (centre) - the Indonesian interpreter (closest - he only interpreted for the night meetings) and one wild Chinese interpreter from Taiwan (far left). She was so much fun - a sharp-as lady who loves the Holy Spirit.
Accommodation was in a hotel which usually had hot water .... We travelled between the hotel and the conference by buses that were put on - a 20-minute run on a good day. There were no good days. Jakarta traffic is gridlock. It pretty well took an hour there at 7.15am; an hour back at 3pm; an hour there at 5pm and 30 mins back at 11-ish pm. We got smart one day, flagged the afternoon bus back and camped in a Dunkin Donut shop. Another highlight!
A real highlight was to connect with Jill Austin again. We did not get much time with her as we had a bus to catch - but the 10 minutes with her was absolutely brilliant. She carries such a godly presence and amazing love.
The schedule gave 90 minutes to worship at night - 6.30 until 8pm. Then they started at 6pm! The musicians were brilliant - more orchestral-based than band (violins, cellos, great sax) and often the worship level was very high. Most of the folk attending were Chinese (Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan) and Indonesian; some Malaysians, a smattering of white fellas (mostly American or Aussie missionaries in Indonesia). We were the only folk from little Cambodia.
We're doing a reunion at our place on Sunday afternoon - part de-brief, part pray-up. I've got some girls to check up on too - see if they are still giggling and dancing!