Today the Regional Director came to the project in Banda Aceh to see how the we have been progressing. I showed him around and had a great time and as a parting gift he gave me an autographed copy of Rebel With A Cause which is Franklin Graham's autobiography. I've wanted to read it ever since I went to LeTourneau but haven't gotten around to it yet. I'm very excited to be able to read it and very much appreciate the gift.
I got back from running this afternoon and was cooling off in the house before I took a shower because if I take it too soon I'll still be sweating when I get out. Oh, and by shower I mean dumping buckets of cold water on myself. Anyways, I was informed by my cook that it isn't good to let sweat dry on your body. I asked why and she just said you have to wipe it off with a towel or it isn't good. Taking a shower afterwards isn't good enough. I'm not sure where this one came from.
The musim barat has definitely started now. Litterally translated it means the west season. Banda Aceh is on the east end of the Indian Ocean so the west season means really strong winds, big waves and no fish. The day will start out normal and around 1 or 2 in the afternoon a huge gust of wind will come with rain about 5 minutes later. The wind has to be 50-60mph. Yesterday it blew the roof off our motorcycle shack and today it nocked out the power. Its still off and we are running off of UPS. The wind also makes it difficult to play ultimate frisbee.
I preached my first sermon today. It was on the topic of faith which is something that I am very passionate about which helps. Whenever I try and give a speach about something I don't care about, it never comes out well but when I really care, it turns out really well. Overall it wasn't a whole lot different than teaching in front of a classroom except there is less audience participation. I got a decent amount though. Asked lots of questions and got people talking. No one was nodding off which was also good.
I've purchased the first part of my ticket home in June. I'll be leaving on the 3rd and arrive in the US at 9:45 AM on the 4th of June. I'll be leaving the US at 6:35PM on te 16th of June.
Airline Flight From Time To Time
JAPAN AIRLINES 5839 KUL KualaLumpur 06/03/2006 10:50 PM NRT 06/04/2006 06:55 AM
AMERICAN AIR 176 NRT Tokyo 06/04/2006 12:25 PM DFW 06/04/2006 09:45 AM
AMERICAN AIR 2465 DFW Dallas/FW 06/16/2006 06:25 PM LAX 06/16/2006 07:31 PM
CATHAY PACIFIC 6121 LAX Los Angeles 06/16/2006 11:55 PM HK 06/18/2006 05:35 AM
I was in Medan this weekend because we had Friday and Monday off for Easter. I was just going to hang around the team house the whole time but Adrian came in on Saturday late morning. We started to go out to get something to eat when we started talking about wanting to go to Berastagi. Both of us were already thinking about going but didn't have anyone to go with. So we immediately went back to the team house, got our bags and hopped on the next bus up to Berastagi.
Yesterday I discovered a little goat that had just been born in the unfinished house next to ours. It was bleating and the mother was cleaning it. I watched it try to stand for about 10 minutes before it finally almost made it. Here is a picture of the very young goat.
On a side note, I'm getting two goats and a cow for the inauguration coming up in a couple weeks.
Sorry I haven't been posting lately. I've had a visit from a very special friend for the last week and I am very sad to see her go. If you would like more information, feel free to e-mail me. It's a good story.
Lots of stuff coming up. The inaugeration for Cot Aron will be on the 22nd and I've still got lots of big news about traveling to announce that I'm not going to promise when since I keep breaking the promises. Stay tuned for lots of interesting stuff though.