We continued to work with UCP visiting facilities and individuals. As I had mentioned before, the social system within Indonesia is fairly primitive. If someone needs a chair, it can be terribly bureaucratic because it can require numerous visits to the Dr., the the government offices, the social agencies, etc. For someone who is disabled, this process is at least extremely difficult and at worst, impossible. But, they are trying to improve the process. For example, the local government of Jogja (in what would be a huge county) sponsored a health fair where the local people can come and see a doctor, be tested, have an assessment for various devices (hearing aid, glasses, wheelchair, crutches, etc.), and visit with the provider, in a “one-stop shop” format. Today was the last one of the year – they’ve done about 10 so far this year and they are have been very successful. UCP-RUK is very active in these health fairs and does a lot of assessment for potential recipients. While the government pays for a chair, they do not pay 100% – so that’s where LDS Charities comes in – to help pick up the difference.
This was a very humbling experience. To see such need so close up and so many people who need so much and have so little. I realize how much DeeAnn and I have, how lucky we are, how lucky our family has been, how fortunate we have been to live in the country where we lived, have the benefits we have had, the privilege we have had and on and on. Americans have no idea how lucky they are. These are Heavenly Father’s children also, and He loves them. I wonder why he allowed me and my family to live and be raised in the USA and why others did not receive that blessing. I will never know the answer, but I do know that while many of these people have so little, they are happy. The Indonesians are so kind, so friendly, so open, so willing, so accepting. I am blessed for having the opportunity of being here and being with them. We thank our Heavenly Fatyher every day for the privilege of being here.
Whenever we visit a home, they have very little, but they always serve water or tea and some food.