For the time being I have a blessing time on Flores Island, among children and parishioners who love pastors, nuns and missionaries. They give special attention and appreciation to foreign guests . That is why I am happy and enjoy. My joy appears through my photos with them. I speak Indonesian and can communicate with people. They are amazed with my Indonesian language, although in my opinion I have to learn a lot.
Every day I celebrate Eucharist, and on Sundays I have already preached about my life and vocation in Indonesian spontaneously. Children want to accompany me walking to the hills, visiting the cave of Mary and climbing the mountains. From there we can see beautiful scenery. At the same time I am learning local language from children too.
I also have plenty of time for personal prayer, meditation, rosary in the church where usually is very quiet and peaceful. Weather and climate are also suitable for me here. We are in the parish of Mangulewa-Bajawa. Here I need to wear socks and jacket to warm my body because it's pretty cold.
The food is delicious, but sometimes I buy bread, butter, and milk. These are the basic products that Indonesian people rarely use.
Overall, I am very thankful for support and prayers of all my friends and family.
Prayers of SVD
May the darkness of sin
and the night of unbelief vanish before the light of the Word
and the Spirit of grace
and may the Heart of Jesus live
in the hearts of all people.
(Saint Arnold Janssen)