Odds & Ends

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“Creative artists” paint themselves silver and collect money for their “creativity”.  Along this road are 3 or 4 ‘creative artists’ – all painted silver.  One did it, so everyone jumps on the silver bandwagon.  Either way, painting yourself with silver paint everyday (even if it’s in the name of “creativity”) can’t be good.

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Behind the restaurant is the “toilet”…..

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Just carrying stuff.

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In Lembang (in the hills above Bandung) they raise rabbits for Sate Kalinci

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All of the street food carts run on these little 2-gallon propane cylinders.  Bikes loaded with these patrol the streets and sell them as needed.

Taking a “Jalan Tikus” – the literal translation is ‘street rat’, but it’s slang for a ‘shortcut’, as in ‘taking the route a rat would to take when they wanted to get somewhere quickly’.

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At the front door of the medical supply business, this peanut vendor set up shop and put out his wares…..

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Wire art on the hotel lobby wall

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cute kid

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DeeAnn loves the train station in Bandung.  Always nice to sit on the shaded platform in the cool breeze

 

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Train attendant

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Lousy pic of gold, shiny, glitzy shoes

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“Tomato delicious”???

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Well, it’s started here in Jakarta – Christmas decorations are up…..

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Shopping for stuff with Baqir, head of the Refugee School

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At lunch in Bandung with President Edi (the new Bandung Branch President) and good friend Ivan Taslimson.  Ivan’s a very interesting guy – Google him!

Bina Anugrah Special School – Bandung

We came to Bandung to get the items requested by the Bina Anugrah Special School – a school for kids with some tough problems – downs syndrome, blind, deaf, physically handicapped, autistic, etc., etc.

The best way to get it is to just go shopping – so we did!  President Edi (he was just called as the Branch President, so he’s no longer Brother Edi!) and our friend Ivan came with us and boy was it good they did!  They really helped navigate the stores, pricing, logistics, etc. and President Edi drove which is always good.

We went to three stores – first to the toy store for educational puzzles, games, blocks, etc. (this was no ‘Toys R Us ‘ – but a ‘traditional’ store, small, cramped and disorganized!)

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The shopping queen of Indonesia, doing her thing!

Then to the electronic store for the TV, etc.

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At the electronic store looking for TV’s.  Notice the MANY employees waiting for customers.

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A little karaoke with the crew

Then to the medical supply store for a scale, walker and braille supplies.

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Then it was off for the best part – Delivery!  The school is having some work done, so we delivered the supplies to Ibu Iis’ home and she’ll keep it there until the school is done.

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Ibu Iis (the school principal) on the left with her husband, all of us, and Ali, Ibu Iis’ brother.

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Unloading the TV

 

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TV, scale, games, puzzles, karaoke machine, walker.  We still have a few things to get online, specific to blind or autistic kids.

The Bina Anugrah School is too small to get any government help, so they have to rely on donations only.  They are so out of room – and trying to make a little extra space with this construction, but it’s not enough.  She told us there were 85 students who tried to get in when school started a few weeks ago, but they could only take 2 as they were full.   We’ll get back to Bandung when the construction is finished and see the new things with the students.

 

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She was thrilled!!’

So many great partners who do such great work, helping the many people who have little.

Rujak

I had a long video, so I thought I would give this its own post.  On the street of Bandung, is a small street cart selling Rujak (and also Lotek a cooked salad, and Karedon, the same salad, raw).  Rujak is a sweet dish with fruit, some vegetables, shrimp paste, palm sugar, peanuts and all blended together.  Sounds awful – but tastes pretty darn good!

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With Br. Edi at the Rujak stand.  Lotek is a vergetable dish (cooked) and Karedon is the same dish, raw.

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Made in a heavy stone mortar and pistil,

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Odds & Ends

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this is what happens when amateurs mix paint….

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This is the building going up across the street.  This construction worker is on the ledge on floor 22 with NO harness…yikes….

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Margarine for sale at the traditional market

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Like a Japanese or Korean store where employees line up and greet customers

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The cosmetic store worker taking selfies through the makeup lamp.

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Houses along the train track to Bandung

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Terraced farm land

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The pet iguana at the orphanage

Just average buildings along the train tracks on the way to Bandung

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Elder Jensen (one half of the office couple) not looking very pleased…

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A very colorful bejak

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Always like taking pics of kids

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Kids at recess.  I love the pose of the girl in the front on the far right

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They’ll carry anything

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I thought at first he was driving, but he’s on back….

 

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Their version of Sasparilla – kind of like ginger ale.

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This lady is 92 and really feisty!  She spoke to us in Dutch since we were white and she assumed we were from Holland.  (Only the much older Indonesians speak Dutch.)  The lady to the left was Wilma (“like the Flintstones”, she said) and was really nice.  She’s Filipino, lived in Orlando for 25 years and is a Dr.  We met them both in a medical supply business.     

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Masks for Girly Men

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This guy had a rough day – check out his left hand….

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A mass of power lines so low you could almost grab them…

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Chickens for sale on the street….

 

YSA Service Project at Al-Mubarokah Orphanage

Saturday morning, 10 YSA’s (along with Elder and Sister Jensen, the office couple) gathered at the Al-Mubarokah orphanage for a service project to clean and paint the kitchen.  Of the ten, seven had never painted before!

I will let the pictures tell the story:

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Cleaning

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Hot and tired….

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Kenya – our YSA physician.  (The guys are really missing out here!)

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Pizza for lunch!  What else would we serve YSA’s?!

 

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We had some extra pizza, so the kids got some!

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Back to work

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Before

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After

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Before

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After

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After – unfortunately, no before.  Trust me – it was black!

 

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Group Foto!!

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A few of the YSA’s with a few of the kids

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Agiesa with a very shy boy!

These kids worked SO hard today!  What a thrill and blessing it was to be with them.  LOVE THE YSA’s!!!!!

Yayasan Panti Asuhan al-Mubarokah

Dr. Titi introduced us to this small orphanage near her hospital.  Unfortunately, it’s taken several months for the project to make its’ way through the system and this last week was finally approved.  We went back to confirm the list of things they need and also set up a YSA service project for Saturday, September 16.  The YSA’s will clean and paint the kitchen and LDSC will provide a few things for the kitchen and the rest of the orphanage.

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Kitchen area of Al Mubarokah orphanage that we are going to fix up.  The metal frame on the right was used to slaughter goats this past Friday for Idul Adah, the Day of Sacrifice.

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DeeAnn with Dr. Titi, Abal (the orphanage head), his mother-in-law and his daughter, who did NOT want her picture taken!

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DeeAnn playing jump rope – the little girl he finally warmed up a little.

We went out to a “traditional market” with Dr. Titi to buy a few things the orphanage needs.  A traditional market is where Indonesians shop – not bule’s!  These stores were buried down very small streets, back rooms and up stairs!

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DeeAnn with Dr. Titi at the “plate” store

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Waiting for the electronic stuff to be tested.  They do that here – it is tested at the store, and if it works, there’s no bringing it back.

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Testing

We got plates and utensils, fans, rice cookers, pots and pans, shoes, etc.  We will deliver them next Friday, the day before we take the YSA’s to work on the kitchen.

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Ladies that worked in the store wanted our picture – no bules ever shop here!

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Waiting for the Uber

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Delivery Day!

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VERY excited to get a new stove!

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Patrick with 2 of the 6 new prayer rugs for the Musholla (prayer room)

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Showing respect

This is a great project at a needed facility.  They were so appreciative of the items donated by LDSC. Tomorrow is the service project with the YSA’s to clean and paint the kitchen.

Patrick’s Visit

Patrick Cheuk is the Asia Area Welfare Manager and we were honored to have him visit Indonesia this week.  He was previously over Seminaries and Institutes and he had not been in Indonesia for five years and this was his first visit as Welfare Manager.  He arrived Tuesday at noon and we spent the week visiting almost all of the Jakarta-area projects:

Limbs for the Limbless

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DeeAnn with Patrick and Setiaman, our driver.

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Manufacturing legs and arms

 

Community Eye Screening 

LDSC has a project with Gadja Madah University to perform eye screenings around Central Java.  We had asked them if they would consider using the Church Building in Bogor (a suburb of Jakarta) and they agreed.  The response was terrific!  LDSC distributed 300 pairs of reading glasses and 350 pairs of prescription glasses!

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The crowd had already come by 8:30 am.

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As usual, I had to make a few remarks on behalf of LDS Charities.  Setiaman was the translator except when I said ‘Kami mancinta orang-orang Indonesia- we love the people of Indonesia’.

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Local volunteers (Church members and others) helped the university perform screenings

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Patrick and DeeAnn with Jemmy Mongan (A Bogor resident and a member who helped organize the event) and Anita, his niece who is a member of both the Bogor City Council and the Church.

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Patrick with the Vice mayor of Bogor and Dr. Suharjo, head of Opthamology at Gaja Madah University

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Group Foto!  The two on the right are with a local Bogor Service Organization who helped register, screen and keep the project flowing

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The Learning Farm

TLF is a great program teaching disadvantaged kids organic farming, English, math and assorted life skills – getting along, working together, patience, etc.

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Patrick with Emily and a few students

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Volunteer teachers with the students playing a game that teaches financial life skills

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The students wearing dunce caps owe money to the bank (in the game!)

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This is the latest project from LDSC – fixing their kitchen, washing area.

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Seedlings for the farm

 

The Refugee School

The “original” Refugee School is in Ciapyung, suburb of Bogor.  You have to know where it is, or have someone take you, because it is a bit tricky to find.  There is no road very close – we have to park and make our way up the hill.

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Up the stairs

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More stairs.  Haidir is one of the teachers.

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With a few of the older students

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Patrick playing English scrabble with the students (with a little coaching from DeeAnn)

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Ahmed is also the school’s guitar teacher.  He has 12 students and 1 guitar – his.

 

The Mercy Home

Mercy  home is a school / neighborhood drop-in place for kids in Cilincing, a very rough area of Jakarta – down at the docks.  (It’s pretty consistent phenomenon – neighborhoods around the docks in cities all over the world are always the roughest.)   They have over 500 children registered and we started helping the Home with a few items to make their work go a little easier.

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With the morning kindergarten class

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Patrick with David and the two new sewing machines purchased by LDSC so they can teach sewing and also make bags for sale

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One of the volunteer teachers with a few students

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A favorite pic – Bunda Yudith (Mama Yudith) with her new refrigerator!

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All Indonesian children are taught to show respect to their elders by touching the elders’ hand to their forehead or cheek.

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The docks right across the street from the Home.

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Yudith sharing her vision of the Home to Patrick.

Kids singing!

 

HELP Refugee School

HELP is the Jakarta branch of the refugee school in Cipayung.  Baqir is the 19-year-old head of the school – yes 19.  He was teaching English in another Refugee school at 16 – and is a remarkable young man.

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New banner at the front door

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Patrick with Baqir

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Visiting the English class

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Teaching the little ones the English names of animals.  SO HOT in these rooms (especially upstairs)  despite the fans donated by LDSC.  Notice the teachers soaking wet shirt….  

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Descending the stairs…..no shoes allowed in the school and the metal steps kill my feet!

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Baqir showing Patrick a textbook.  (That’s Amira looking at the camera)

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Muhammed (from Ethiopia) is the volunteer science teacher

Perinasia

Perinasia is the Indonesian Pediatric Association and is our partner with Helping babies Breathe and Helping Mother’s Survive.  Their office is very near the Refugee School, so we just dropped in so Patrick could meet Sari, the office manager and coordinator.  We have a team coming from the US the end of October and we had a few logistical details to discuss with her.

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Dr Titi / RS Lestari

LDSC has partnered with Dr. Titi and the hospital for 9 years.  We continue to do so because of the great work she does.

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Patrick and Dr. Titi in the OR

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Patrick buying his wife a necklace.  Dr. Titi has helped the poor mothers who are the wives of “trash pickers” to learn to make jewelry and the jewelry is then sold at the hospital so they earn a little money. 

Yayasan Panti Asuhan Al Mubarokah

Last week we went shopping with Dr. Titi to a traditional market (items are cheaper where no Bule’s shop) to buy stuff for the orphanage.  It was delivered today and received with great appreciation!  Tomorrow we are bringing the YSA’s to do a service project of cleaning and painting the kitchen – more on that in a separate post.

 

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A few of the residents and the two ladies who run the place – and all the stuff on the right – stove, dishes, utensils, pots and pans, prayer rugs, rice cooker, and sandals. 

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They couldn’t wait to put the stove together!

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In the kitchen

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The new stove

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Patrick with the new prayer rugs in the Musholla (prayer room)

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Receiving the typical greeting of a younger Indonesian

We were so honored to have Patrick here and to show him firsthand the projects we are working on right here in Jakarta.  It was a grueling, tiring week – traffic makes getting around very tough!  But we did it and now when we talk about these projects, he will have met the people and been to their establishments.  Thanks for coming Patrick!