Indonesia

PART 1

Our time in Indonesia was amazing! Our meeting with Jakarta pastors and leaders was excellent and productive…we are well on our way to a successful event in August. Thanks for your prayers as we were away.

Here are a few snapshots of our journey…

Our team first landed in Korea for an “extended” layover so we got

to see a bit of the city before heading on to Indonesia. Here our team is in Seoul’s version

of the Space Needle looking over the city (although it was rainy and cloudy and we could not

see a thing!)

We still had a long way to go from Seoul…

I just love this picture. People come to the top of this mountain in Seoul with

thier girlfriend/boyfriend and place a lock with their names on as a way of showing

their commitment. Super cheesy, but made for a cool picture! There are thousands

of these locks!!

Bryson and Mike in a serious conversation on a bus…

Visiting a local University…and being silly…

College kids are the same everywhere…

PART 2

One of the most overwhelming things about Jakarta, Indonesia is contrast between the rich and the poor. Jakarta has fabulous malls that boast stores like Gucci, Versaci, Tiffanys, etc. and then right around the corner from the malls you walk straight into extreme poverty…people living in makeshift huts, bathing in rivers, no clean drinking water, starvation. The contrast is mind blowing. During our time in Jakarta we had the priviledge of meeting up with some folks from Compassion International. Compassion is a Christian ministry that is focused on releasing children from poverty around the world. It is an amazing organization and it was an honor to see first hand the work they are doing in the heart of Jakarta in the slums. Here are some pictures of the less glamorous side of Jakarta.

One of the Compassion sponsored children…

A little boy from the Compassion project

Some kids we met in the street…

Some boys swim in the “river”. This is also where they bathe, wash their clothes,

drink from, etc.

A local shop…

This is the way you cross the river to get to the other side of the village…

in a boat pulled by this guy…

Even motor bikes have to use this “ferry”…

The bird flu is no joke…

A little boy stands outside his house…

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