Hello Friends! It’s been far too long…
I (Heidi) have been back in Indonesia for three months already! Time certainly moves at a different speed in Indonesia. In some ways, it feels like I was never away; friendships picked up where they left off and things that were quite foreign to us when we first arrived are more familiar. There have been so many adventures, it’s difficult to choose just a few to share, but I shall try.
We had the pleasure of hosting one of the MFC soccer players in our home in Canada for 2 months during the spring/early summer. I am sure it was quite a culture shock for him. I remember his first Sunday with us…as we set out for church in our sleepy little seaside city, we reminded him that we must always wear our seatbelts in Canada…on the 20 minute drive to Gordon Head, we encountered a number of traffic lights…red ones…and yes, that meant stopping even though there were no other cars to be seen on the road. We all actually had quite a chuckle about it.
Yanto trained with Victoria Highlanders soccer team and really enjoyed the training and high standard of play. He loved Canada because people are friendly and it is quiet compared to home, He did however miss Indonesian food.
The next leg of the adventure was poor Yanto travelling home to the other side of the world with 4 women – three of them teenagers! He took it all in stride, though, with a chuckle and good manners that his mom would be proud of.
I had the wonderful good fortune (well, through my dear husband’s hard work) to bring my girls to Indonesia. Again, there were too many interesting experiences to recount here, but I am so grateful that they got to see where mom lives, and besides that, it was definitely a trip of a lifetime. They got to witness the horror of pie-plate-sized spiders (from the comfort and security of a vehicle, thankfully); they became adept at bargaining with hawkers on the boardwalk in Bali. They faced their fears and took a wee ferry from Bali on the busiest night of the year over shark-infested waters. And, most importantly, they got to see where mom is spending her time when not with them.
I am very busy – in a good way! I feel like I never left. I feel “home” here. It doesn’t hurt that we have stable housing this time around. It makes a big difference, although, I look back with a chuckle, and am grateful for the nomad experience last time. The house comes with a resident Rottweiler, rats, ants, and just a few cockroaches plus the usual tokays and cicaks, but we all get along like one happy family. At the moment, we've been without running water for nearly a month as our well ran dry...but I'm sure any day now it will get fixed....haha...
I have quite a number of music projects going on, and more to come, hopefully! I am also mentoring/teaching English to the 4 girls who came from Papua in January, as well as mentoring a Korean girl from the local International school.
I’m also becoming a little more involved with King’s Kids - a local children’s home ran by a lady from Greenock, Scotland and her husband. The orphanage is so full of many heart-rending AND encouraging stories. The most recent little child they welcomed into their home is a little 7-year-old girl from Papua. She had to walk 3 hours to the nearest road, and then travel by motorcycle for 7 hours to the nearest (small) airport. She had several more flights, and another few hours in a car, but despite all that, she is adjusting remarkably well. I have nothing but respect and admiration for the house parents, and am delighted to become more and more involved with this great organization. We recently organized a fundraiser for the home which raised more than we were anticipating.
Frank joined me on August 21, and soccer is ramping up for him. He is coaching his boys in a couple of large tournaments in the next month. He is also mentoring the Malang FC boys. He has been able to give some new soccer boots to local impoverished boys who had none that were generously donated by Soccerworld in Victoria.
We have an amazing opportunity to go to the jungles of Kalimantan for a soccer camp at the beginning of November, where Frank will be coaching teachers and kids from 13 village schools. Equipment will also be given out there where there is none. Stay tuned!