I have now moved to my (probably) last city- SURABAYA!!!
I'm in the Surabaya 2 (or Surabaya East) Branch. This is the first time I have ever served in a branch and I'm having a great time! Surabaya is Indonesia's second biggest city, and in my area there's big malls and some high rises. When I got here I thought I was in an American city, there are some big streets and more modern achitecture and the streets don't have as many potholes. I've really enjoyed moving here.
But... there's one problem. I'm whitewashing again! Me and my brand new companion came here in the same week, so we don't know anything about this area! I was able to work with Sister Tanner, who was in this area beforehand, but she was just with me until my new companion Sister Octaviany came from the MTC 2 days later. So... we have no clue what wer'e doing out here, but I'm still having a great time!
So, when a new missionary just starts in the field, we have a program called First 12 Weeks, where for the first 12 weeks of their mission we go over different aspects of missionary work so that they aren't too confused when they get here. I figured out that for Sister Octaviany's first 12 weeks, it is the same as my 'last 12 weeks', as we like to call it here. Ah man! This mission is going way too fast and the time just keeps going faster and faster, pretty soon I'll be home and I'm not sure how I feel about that! But it's okay, I'm going to enjoy every minute of my mission, these have been the best months of my life and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to come here and have all of these amazing experiences. I really wouldn't want to be anywhere else, no matter how hard it has been, with all of the difficulties the blessings have been even greater!
Well, anyways, that's been my week, just going around and around lost on my bike!
Love you all so much!
HOLLEY STRINGHAM: Salt Lake City, born and raised; returned missionary from the Indonesia Jakarta Mission.; a simple folk aimed on changing the world