I'm starting to adjust little by little. This has probably been the hardest week so far. I've been having a really hard time, but I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of things. I'm learning how to be a better teacher and how to rely more on God. I can talk to an Indonesian without constantly looking to my companions to translate. I'm finally starting to have faith in myself again and know that everything will work out. I've struggled, but I will love it here, I will love the people and my companions and my language. Everyday all of that get's better.
INDONESIAN TIDBIT #1
The sun comes up at 6:00 a.m. and goes down at 6:00 p.m. It was weird for me to get used to when I first got here. Almost a quarter of our day is spent after sundown. When we wake up at 6:30 it feels like noon.
INDONESIAN TIDBIT #2
Everyone pretty much rides scooters. If you want to understand more, watch Studio C's '2Guys on a scooter" on youtube. That's pretty much how it is here. Not only does everyone ride a scooter, but they also carry crazy things on them too. This week, I saw some weird stuff. One guy had these 2 baskets hanging off of his scooter with 3 or 4 pretty big rabbits in each one. Like, as big as Easter (my rabbit I had as a kid). Yesterday I saw the same type of thing, a guy was riding in front of me with a big cage thing around the back of his scooter with oh, maybe 15 live chickens just chillin' out in it. Fun times in Indonesia...
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not
walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
This week I had an experience that has stuck with me. As we were riding to a member's house quite a ways a way, it started to rain. Hard. And the sun had gone down. I could barely see. My glasses were blurry because of the water. It was dark. I didn't know where we were going. I could only see Sister Nainggolan's reflector strip on the back of her dark poncho. It was the only thing I could follow to know where to go. Sometime I couldn't see her, she was too far ahead or it was too dark. Sometimes I could see her silhouette when a car came by, sometimes I was right behind her and could see her perfectly. I kept thinking to myself, just find Sister Nainggolan's reflector strip and you'll know where to go. This is like us. We don't know where we're going in life, we're surrounded by darkness and danger, both physical and spiritual. But, if we are always searching for the light, if we are always searching for the Savior, we'll make it to where we need to be, we will be safe from falling off the road or making a wrong turn and getting lost, or whatever terrible thing could happen. I was certain I was gonna get run over or get caught in the river that was forming in the road. But, I followed the light, though dim, and made it to the member's house. I was drenched and tired, but ok. Saya tidak mati!