01/20/2007: "OUR RECENT TRIP TO THE ORPHANAGE"
My wife and I went to the orphanage on January 6th. God's blessings were so great so that our flights from Singapore - Jakarta - Timor and back were so smooth and on time ( even though in the middle of the rainy season). Two days ago even in Singapore was having a flashed flood and Johor Baru area ( Malaysia side) is currently still under water ( especially Kota tinggi area). The rain in Timor was so intense while we were there, so driving a car can be quite difficult at a time. My trips from the orphanage to the farm or to many places were some times halted because of the bad visibility and the slippery road condition. Praise The Lord that my flights has been so smooth for going there and on the way back as well. Just got back to Singapore last night with SQ 163. Once I stepped on the SIA's plane , I can tell the difference is too much. From the jungle environments into a luxury kind of environment. From eating barbequed corn on the farm and eating a fine dinning on board the plane was just too much different kind of live. When my wife and I arrived at the orphanage, we were so happy to see that every thing are so green and healthy. The rain is really making the place so alive and plenty to eat for the animals and human beings. So many progresses has been made especially about the little ones. The preschool children were eager to learn new things and willing to take new challenges. It is a hard work but I am sure that it can be done. With the intention to educate them well , we tried and tried to use our "limited" knowledge on educating them while playing. It has been proven that the children can learn more if their minds are happy. Every day during the morning hours after their breakfast, we teach them some English phrases. After 6 weeks their English has been much better than those who went to a high school. Our goal for their English is to make them able to handle some visitors in 3 years time ( with simple english conversation). It was said to be impossible by many of our friends ,but after seeing our 6 week progresses people are having different opinion about it. Only with a regular morning and afternoon biscuits the children are always enjoying the extra lessons. Regular a glass of milk will also enhance the children's minds. It has been a constant different if we compare our orphans with the local children in terms of their well beings. Our Thanks to All who has been helping us to run this orphanage in many ways. Without your help we may never have an orphanage like what we are having now.
A sad case was happening at the orphanage which happened on Jan 1st. Some thiefs broke the orphanage's wall and stole our two cows. Cows that we have been having them since they were small. I got the news when I people were just celebrating their new year's eve ( while I was in New York) . Those cows were stolen during a heavy rain and no one could heard the noise when the wall was broken. To make the story short , the case was ended with such a miracle. When I was ariving at the orphanage on Jan 6th evening, we were still sad because of the stolen cows and on the 7th morning I was so sad when I was seeing the empty spots where we tied our cows. I even made some photos about that empty spot. By 11 AM , the village's leader came to the orphanage and asked us to come and identify two cows which they found some 3 kms away tied in new ropes. In a valley without food and can not go any where. Meksi , Gerson and Tanel ( our orphanage members) went to see those two cows and found out that those cows are ours. Praise The Lord that we got our cows back ( even though they were so skinny when we found them). We had rebuilt the wall and installed better lightings for the cow's place. To us the cows are not just an animal which great to bee seen and have but they are our natural fertiliser factory for the plants ( organic fertiliser is the way to go).
happy and healthy
It was great to be among the orphans, seeing them happy and healthy was just so rewarding making our days feels easier. The very first day Peggy and I were seating with little ones ( age 2 to 6 years old) and we did cut their nails ,cleaning their ears and sharing stories with them . So many reports from the orphans about so many things which making us so happy for being listening some funny reports from them about how they started their schooling days and their new abilities. For Peggy and I , beside the happiness for being with our own children we are also having extra joy for being together with the orphans which are getting bigger and growing. It is a privillege to see them growing from their infant's stage.