The following series of photos are from the Burial of Sister Jenny in Surabaya, as Kathy has written.
|Sister Williams and her Motorcycle Posse. Branch members attending Sister Jennie's burial. Cool funeral cortege.|
|Picking our way through the large Christian cemetery. No walkways really. The ground is soft, muddy. Grave markers make handy stepping stones. Christians, Moslems, etc are always buried in separate cemeteries.|
|Friends and family sprinkle flower petals on the grave, and perfumed water is also sprinkled on the grave.|
|Not yet at the point of having Angel Moroni headstones here.|
|Jennies long time, Moslem caregiver, paid for years by the Church. She was grief-stricken, and sad that the Missionaries would not be stopping by any longer. We promised we would still stop by occasionally.|
|They really know how to kill a bathroom party...No throwing tissue in the toilet. No putting shoes or sandals on the toilet seat. No throwing water on the floor. And No washing your feet in the toilet area.|
The Church has a very active Humanitarian arm here in Indonesia, serving a variety of good causes. They essentially work with other Indonesian organizations. Out full time Humanitarian senior missionaries, the Lucherini's, from Preston Idaho, just left for home yesterday. The Church helps with water projects, new borne resuscitation, wheelchairs for the handicapped, assisting orphanages, schools, and many other worthwhile efforts.
|A clothing store in the Surabaya airport. Yeah, we all dress like fighter pilots in America too.|
|Our Surabaya District Presidency, President Hadi driving, and Presidents Kurniawan and Rhama.|
|Indonesian Mission Presidency. Elder Kusamamanto, President Donald, Elder Williams|
Some street scenes from recent forays into the kampung in search of a little 10 year old girl baptized 2 years ago, but not active in recent months. She is the only member of her family. Being raised by her Moslem uncle, aunt and grandparents. Her parents divorced and live elsewhere.
|10 year old Cindy. Some children here have been given Anglicised names in addition to their Indonesian names. Her uncle below.|
|As usual, we bring our own seats with us...|
|Many homes are accessed through these very small, dark, quite claustrophobic alleyways. There may be several homes accessed from these alleys. Some paved, some not. Some flood in the rainstorms.|
|A cool, local, marching band composed of little, Moslem, grade school kids. They are remarkably good for their age.|
|Last weekend while I was in Jakarta, Kathy did some fix-up around our home. Bought some potted plants and deck chairs for our balcony.|
|Our Mission Motto|
|The DeBeikes family, Lily, Chris, James and Annie. We love them. |
Thanks for your support, prayers, and once-in-a-while letter.