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S: West Kalimantan

3: A pictorial record of five excursions spanning 20 years to the Indonesian Island of Borneo (October 1991 to January 2012) | Participants and Short-term Mission Team Members Oct. 1991: Dave Bonney, Bryce Kraeker, Nov. 2004 STM: Dave Bonney [team leader], Dave Clark, Dave Syer Nov. 2007 STM: Dave Bonney, Dave Clark, Frank Gustin, Mark Johnson, Dan Konzelmann, Ralph Meizinger Nov. 2010 STM: Dave Bonney, Kyle Bron, Gail Gustin, Mark Johnson, Dan Konzelmann, Marlene Konzelmann, Jack Longhurst Jan. 2012: Myself Bob Tebbutt

4: Getting There | 1991 By Air.... Toronto; Seoul; Bangkok; Singapore; Kuching | .....and bus Kuching; Pontianak

5: The 11-hour bus ride from Kuching to Pontianak (blue-dotted road)

6: 2004 Toronto; Chicago; Tokyo; Jakarta; Pontianak | 2007 Detroit; Denver; Los Angeles; Taipei; Singapore; Jakarta; Pontianak

8: 2010 & 2012 Toronto; Hong Kong; Jakarta; Pontianak

9: The minimum travel time to Indonesia approaches 24 hrs. That, plus a 12-hour time difference, takes its toll

10: A warm, humid and cautionary welcome

11: We have arrived! Supadio Airport, Pontianak, West Kalimantan

12: Home Base - STK

13: Pontianak ~ the Canals

20: The Markets ~ and the vast variety of food

22: Transportation - the ubiquitous multi-functional motorcycle.

23: A family of three , four and even five relying on horsepower..... | ....whereas some still use people-power

24: The Disparity ~ the home in this photo and in the photo on the following page are located within 200 feet of each other

27: But there always seems to be enough money to purchase a Satellite Dish or two

28: The Monuments | Bambu Runcing (Pointed Bamboo) Equator (Khatulistiwa)

30: Mandor Monument | Located 90 kms from Pontianak; this monument honours the victims of the Japanese occupation during WWII. Over 21,000 Indonesians lie buried in 10 mass graves.

31: The Weather ~ I cannot pictorially show the temperature nor the humidity, but.....

35: The Pontianak "Timmy's"

36: Rural Borneo

52: Projects: our 2004 project as it looked at the end of our week.....

53: ....and as it looked on our return in 2007

54: Our accommodation in 2004

55: Our accommodation in 2007 was the dormitory seen on the left and our project was to build the foundation for the Chapel

59: 2010: The dorm is seen on the left and the Chapel on the right

61: The Teams ~ 2004

65: Studying to prepare the home-church devotionals

68: Our reward!

69: 2007

70: Testimony Time

71: about to embark on the drive to Adong and the Training Centre

72: The team in Adong

78: The team in Pontianak

84: Sprucing up for Sunday morning

86: 2010

88: The project on this occasion was that the team would help install 3 Water Filter systems. Unfortunately, the Filter Tanks never arrived so the most that could be done was the installation of the eave troughs. | Dan is bending metal rods that would hold the eaves being installed by Dan, Mark and Pak Simon. | In Adong

89: One of the privileges of being a guest and being the oldest guest is that of being the preacher at the Sunday Church service (whether you know it or not) As the Scripture says: Preach the Word: Be prepared in season and out of season... (2 Tim. 4:2)

91: One of my favourite photos (courtesy of the "Smile" feature of my Sony Camcorder - it takes a still when it detects a smile). This is as 'cross-cultural' as it gets. Marlene is a young, modern, Western woman here consigned (and confined) to doing 'women's' work with Sumniati since Indonesian culture does not accept women working alongside men. Marlene, although being a qualified fire-fighter (traditionally men's work), accepted her role willingly despite not having a translator while the men were doing their tasks.

92: Anastasya, Marlene, Indi

93: In Pontianak

95: the morning bath (mandi) | Villages, Villagers and Visitors ~ Bandang 1991

96: Breakfast being prepared

97: breakfast being enjoyed

98: As visitors, we would be fortunate to be attendees at the dedication of the Bandang Church building. Other dignitaries had been invited and are standing next to Pastor Kalam (far right). Other principals are Dennis Kirkley (left) and Pastor Hengky (middle)

100: True multiculturalism! A Moslem Army Officer performing the unveiling Ceremony for a Christian Church.

101: A local government official about to perform the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony. We would meet the young lady who is holding the scissors 13 years later as the result of a casual remark See "Borneo - A Growing Obsession 2004" - entry November 24th

103: Pastor Kalam and the Leadership

104: During the 3 hour service, we were refreshed with hot tea. The young lady helping to serve was a friend of the first young lady referred to and sat next to each other during the service. We were to meet this second young lady 13 years later in equally extraordinary circumstances. The details can also be found in "My Growing Obsession 2004" in the entry for November 27th.

105: After a fortifying lunch we walked down to the 'infamous' bridge

107: Tayan ~ 1991

110: Dave Bonney with his Tayan colleagues, Dennis and Judy Shierman and Larry and Marj Thompson

111: Adong ~ 2004

112: Jimmy Donald John Sara Ijul | Joel Debora Eva

116: Earlier I made reference to two teenage young ladies living in Bandang; sitting together during the Church Worship service. | The lady sitting inn the doorway was the one holding the scissors and serving us lunch. Her name is Nurmiati and was (in 2004) the Tuband-Raeng Pastor's wife

117: Nurmiati later (Saturday afternoon) told us that her friend from Bandang was living in Adong. The photo to the left shows Ijah in the green dress. It was taken during the Thursday house church but neither of us recognised the other. | Here Ijah Sariyus is pictured after the Sunday Service with her two boys Britmon and One | Nurmiati and Norman Omboh

118: Aneke Kossoh School teacher, Pastor's wife, cook for the team

119: Adong ~ 2007 | We were invited to Ijah and Calvin's home where we were joined by Pastor Wimfriet Kossoh and his wife, Aneke. Pak Calvin is seen with his two boys, Britmon and One

120: Stasya, brother Alan and Joel are enjoying the [photos taken during 2004 Trip. Stasya and Alan were new to the Training Centre | Pak Damad Salomo and son, Joel. 5 months after this photo was taken, Pak Damad died in his sleep, the cause thought to be heart failure.

121: Eva Siska

124: Aneke ~ still teaching | Mark and Alan

125: Pak Pirom, Ijul, Esna Zachary | Stasya

126: Frank, with Pak Simon's Family Lia, Stasya, Alan, wife Sumiati

128: Adong - 2010

129: In Debora's home | In Eva's home

132: Suzanne

133: Imar and Fadly

135: Apris Adriana Yuli Indi

139: Lia (STK) Alan (High School) | Michael

140: Leban & Adong - 2012

148: Although I have entitled this Album "West Kalimantan", it, of course, represents a very small area of the Province; essentially referencing one City and two small Villages. To a Westerner (I grew up in the UK, emigrating to Canada in 1970 at the age of 24), everything about this part of the world was as different as it could possibly be - the language, the climate, the culture, the degrees of poverty (some virtually life-threatening; other more relative). But what I also saw was a resourcefulness to provide and survive by one's own means and industry. No entitlements; no government handouts; no social safety net as we in the West have come to rely on. Certainly, this creates vast problems for many in Indonesia and there are the occasional uprisings that cause mayhem but so often they are as a result of need rather than the greed that has been known to spark similar uprisings, rioting and looting, that are becoming more common in the supposedly "developed" world. I have come to love a people who love to laugh; who are respectful to a fault and generous, also to a fault. My experiences in Kalbar have radically changed my perspectives on many things and have revealed to me the many prejudices that I didn't know I possessed. I continue to endeavour to rid myself of that sort of ignorance and for the people of Pontianak, Leban and Adong in particular, I thank you and the Lord for the privilege of knowing you and allowing me into your lives. Bob Tebbutt

149: The following pages are dedicated to those who live in the city of Pontianak and who have been key people, not only in Pontianak but also during our trips to the villages. | Ronny and Rit Welong Ronny is the President of STK and the initiator and director of the Short Term Mission trips to Pontianak and Adong

150: Sperry and Lidia Terok, Seth and Shem. Lidia is Ronny and Rit's daughter. Sperry is Vice-President of STK

151: Vabro and Beatrix Welong daughter, Vreya and son | Vabro was the team's translator for the 2004 trip

152: Stepanus, Regina Wie Wie and Karen | 2004 | 2007 2007

153: 2007 2010 2010 2012

154: The Farewell

157: Zachary 'Nate' Mukuan Singal (to give him his Facebook name), was a last minute replacement for the intended 2007 translator who suddenly had to decline because of sickness. Zach proved to be a very capable translator having learned English while serving on one of the Operation Mobilization ships. Zach is a Masters student at STK and gave up a week of classes to join us at the Training Centre. He would return as translator for the 2010 trip and he and I began to form a friendship that culminated in his adopting me as his 'Uncle'. In addition to his translating skills, he began to teach the teams certain cultural expectations which helped the "bule" to be as culturally proper as we could. When I told Zach of my intention to travel to Pontianak alone in January 2012, he again forsook his classes and study time to join me in attempting to further certain plans that I had wanted to accomplish. Zachary proved to be indispensable and I am convinced that had he not been able to assist me, my journey to Indonesia would have been an exercise in futility. The details of his help and support can be found in my 'blog-book' describing the 2012 trip. I also had the privilege of meeting Zach's fiancée, Melia whose graduation from STK I was able to video. We are able to stay in touch regularly and frequently through Facebook message and chat.

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