Student Leaders: SPRINT
Summer 2010 SPRINT Teams: Indonesia
Trip Dates: June 30 - August 1, 2010
Project Description: Build relational networks for the witness of the Gospel through authentic relationships with Muslims, participating in work projects, sports, cultural and other community activities during island homestays.
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After great adventures in Indonesia, the team will return to the United States this weekend. As you prepare to receive them, here are some things I hope you'll think about to help the team make the most of this trip.
The team will spend one night in Singapore on their way home, at a missionary guest house arranged by their host. A number of other student groups will share the space at the same time; fun!
As the group returns, they’ll continue to think through this experience and its implications for their lives. It’s likely that this mental processing will involve at least some of these elements:
• Relief upon returning to familiar surroundings,
• Frustration with aspects of home culture that appear less desirable than the cultural values experienced during the SPRINT experience,
• Sadness and joy over relationships and memories developed during the trip,
• And hopefully, Resolve to incorporate the learning from this trip into daily life as life moves on.
It’s our hope that SPRINT participants will return to “life as usual” with expanded worldviews and a clearer sense of God’s work in their lives. The learning process continues after the trip experience; students will participate in a debriefing retreat in October, and will be encouraged to continue meeting with their SPRINT team to share the story of their host’s work and encourage future generations of SPRINT participants to serve.
I encourage you to give your student time to catch up on sleep and collect his or her thoughts, then set aside an extended period of time to share pictures and stories. Don’t expect completely-formed opinions immediately; the reflection process takes time. We remind returning SPRINTers that not everyone will have time to hear the whole story, but that they should find a few people with whom to share the longer, more in-depth account.
I’ve e-mailed team members a list of debriefing questions designed to help students think through their experience and its meaning as they move forward in their lives. If you’ve got time, I’d encourage you to talk though some of these questions with your student.
Thanks for your support of students on this team! Please let me know if you have questions. A final update from the team's host is below.
Hannah and the girls wanted me to send off an update to you as I'm back in Batam now and they are out of contact :)!
I had the great privilege of staying on the 3rd island with your girls and the other students. After a wonderful second island where we were able to see some incredible progress, the students got a several day break to recharge and freshen up for the next 2 island stays. They also spent two morning in different elementary schools doing some interactive English speaking and listening exercises with local students. As we headed off the the 3rd island (the first time we'd been there), it's always hard to know what to expect and it's sometimes hard after a great previous island. So, really spent time reflecting on the leadership of the HS and leaning on him in prayer. We were amazed with the great reception we received. Almost every home was able to make some significant inroads in sharing about who JC is in a way that is relevant in this context. I am really proud of your team and the other students. They are working together and adjusting well.
I wasn't with the team on this last island (island 4) but stopped by to visit them for the afternoon a couple of days ago. When I dropped by one of the girls' homes, they were getting a nice massage one-by-one. Ah, the life of ministering through tourism! That said, the students have eaten snails, loads of fish and rice, funny fruits, fought off the heat and mosquitos and have generally worked very hard in the heat and at loving on the local people.
The students are just arriving back at Base Camp as I write and one of our other staff will be debriefing them before they head to Singapore on Saturday to overnight at the OMF Guesthouse.
Thanks for sending the team. Already with this last island our team has made some great relational connections and I am excited to see where they go!
Bradley "Alex" Fleming
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Hello, friends of the Indonesia SPRINT team!
I got a voicemail message from the team this morning - they're doing well. It was a brief message, but this phrase was the highlight:
"Great experience so far, learning a lot."
I'm sure they'll have lots more to share when they return to the States on August 1.
Next week the group will teach English on a nearby island, then will visit two more islands after that. I'll keep you updated as I hear from them; we'll have at least one more message before they begin their trip home.
Thanks for your support of this team! Please let me know if you have questions.
We just got back from the 4th of July party and it was a blast! Lots of sparklers, fireworks, hot dogs, ice cream, dancing, and singing to American songs. We also performed three Indonesian songs for the entire crew and some cousin friends! Today was another great adventure complete with language training tasks in another mall as well as some fellowship time.
Tomorrow we are off to base camp for 2 nights before we head off to the first island! Hope things are well at home and everyone has a great 4th!
Hannah, Tia, Bri, and Chrissy
The inside of the hairy rambutan fruit was jelly and sweet, a lot different from the durian fruit (stinky fruit) they made us try. We didn't particularly like it. This morning we had our first language training, Bahasa Indonesian, and actually got to practice it when we went to the market! We learned how to have greetings and how to buy something also a really cool song about waking up and taking showers and helping our Ibu (mother).
We are here with 6 other students. Four from South Dakota State and 2 from Wheaton. They are really great and it has been nice learning the culture with them. Our hosts right now are so sweet and we have so much fun together. They are becoming great friends. Fourth of July is tomorrow and they have a fun celebration plan for us with fireworks and everything. We are looking forward to that! Also, team dynamics couldn't be better! We had some time to use the internet so I just wanted to give you an update. Hope everything is well with you!
We made it safely! Flights were delayed along the way but after 39 hours we are here. We are in good hands, they are making us stay up tonight so that way we can get adjusted to the time here. We tried rambutan "the hairy fruit" and it was delicious. We are going to base camp on Monday and we will try to send you an update then.
Three members of the team left SeaTac Airport early this morning They'll connect with team member Brianna in San Francisco before flying to Singapore.
The team will spend the night in the Singapore Airport Transit Hotel before taking the ferry to Indonesia on July 2. Indonesia is 14 hours ahead of Seattle time. I'll send an e-mail update when the team reaches their destination.
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