Monday, December 7
We're having a hard time believing it's December. It's still summer here. Love it love it love it.
|Traffic alternatives in Jakarta|
After the morning study, we're off to Jakarta. We miss a baby shower and have to give the gift the next day.
We leave at 9 to get to the IES staff meeting. Once again, the liturgy read around the table refreshes our souls.
|IES staff meeting|
Lunch with staff and then it's off to dessert with friends from NU in Seattle. We're talking about internships, courses abroad, and other educational / community development matters.
For supper we stop by a goat saté restaurant. The staff fans the coals on a small burner outside. Then the food comes to us. Oh yum.
We head downtown to meet friends and shop for 2 hours at the local wholesale market. Time flies by with Kristi - who is our Indonesian negotiator. Thanks! for the time, though she is pregnant and feels tired and under the weather.
We have a late lunch with her parents and a few others.
|Grandpa duty - fanning the sleeping child|
Supper is with credential holders of a local organization. All 4-500 of us. We meet new friends and get reacquainted with old ones.
At 9:30pm we're on the road to home. It's a blazingly fast trip: we are home before midnight. I unpack and crawl into bed with a grateful heart.
Our helper is distressed by family matters. We pray together before I leave at 8:30am.
I walk just about 4 miles all around the hills of our neighborhood. Angela knows trails I've never encountered. Fascinating, good exercise, and good conversation. We can't believe how good Gypsy is: where's the wild thing he used to be? (thankfully MIA today)
|Good boy, Gypsy|
|House upon house in the valley across from us|
|Good friends and walkers|
I make a few phone calls but find myself drifting into sleep. When I put the phone down, I doze off immediately and sleep for a half hour.
We're off to the study at Bamboo Shack - what a precious time together. W joins his hash friends for supper and evening, while K and I head home.
*Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. Psalm 102:25 ESV
*The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is the Lord’s alone. Proverbs 16:33 ESV
*Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father. Matthew 10:29 ESV
*Worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water. Revelation 14:7 ESV
Moravian Prayer: From microorganisms to the majestic mountains, from molten minerals to frozen tundra, nothing exists except by your will, O Creator God. We worship you with humble awe and with thanksgiving for all that you provide today and always.
Nothing we decide to say or do escapes you, ever-vigilant Spirit. All our choices are detected as you move among us, seeking to guide us from self-indulgence and self-centeredness toward sacrificial love. We welcome your presence as we prepare our hearts for the coming Christ. Amen.