Central Jakarta via The Jakarta Globe
Heavy flooding has hit Indonesia’s capital in recent days and its Governor has declared a state of emergency.
Flooding is usual in Jakarta but normally affects the lower lying areas of the city. This flood has inundated even the grounds of the Presidential Palace.
At least ten thousand people have been displaced and the effects are wide spread, see more pictures of the devastation here.
Please lift up the people of Jakarta during this time and pray for their recovery in the days ahead.
From the The 30 Days of Prayer Network:
“Here in Jakarta, all the threads come together as the politics and the economy of the nation are decided. Jakarta, while lacking any real power of attraction for tourists, holds much promise for every Indonesian who wishes to try his luck here. It is so alluring to the Indonesians, that as many as 26 million people live in the urban radius of influence of the city (known as Jabodetabek), and each year many hundreds of thousands more join them. Every ethnic group in Indonesia is represented in Jakarta; in the meantime the Muslim Betawi, the original settlers of the area, have shrunk to a small minority.”
Read the rest here.
And remember to pray for Jakarta.
Londa, a natural cave, is the burial ground for Tana Toraja ancestors, located in Sandan Uai village in Sanggalangi subdistrict, 7 kilometers from Makale. — Photo by Amelia Winni
Visiting Indonesia will not be enough if you do not go and visit Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi. It is only about 8 to 10 hours drive from the South Sulawesi Capital City, Makasar. A contributor writer from the Jakarta Post wrote a quite detail the reasons why you have you visit this town.
Located in South Sulawesi, this prominent tourist destination in Indonesia is encircled by mountains, cliffs, forests and dotted with coffins as well as buffaloes… Paddy fields and forests could be seen to the left of the road, and scary yet tremendous gaps to the right. The sky was bright blue and, through large clouds, the sun shone brightly.
Tana Toraja is know by its traditional woven cloth, Tenunan, and the Funeral Ceremonies. Throughout the town you can also see the Torajan houses called Tongkonan, which means “to sit”. It is built using carved-wood panels and the walls are incised with wood-carving detail and are mainly colored red, black and yellow.
Spring 2011 Scripture Celebration: ”
By Angela Nelson
Wycliffe celebrated twenty-eight newly translated Scriptures today at the Orlando headquarters. These Bibles came from all over the world—places like Peru, Cameroon, Ghana, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea.
The celebration included special music from Latin Grammy Nominee Lucia Parker, performances from the First Baptist Orlando Rejoice Dancers, and a parade of brightly dressed people carrying flags and Bibles. One lady carried a Bible on behalf of her father, who had been praying for that people group since 1982.
There was lots of rejoicing and thanking God for these translated Scriptures, but the celebration today was nothing compared to the prior celebrations that each of these language groups had when they received God’s Word for the first time. A video showed the depth of emotion the people from one Indonesian language expressed when their new Bible arrived by plane for the first time. A pastor passionately thanked God for getting to see God’s Word in his lifetime—just as Simeon was promised that he would see the Christ child before he died.