Day 4: We left the hotel at 6:45 and headed to the 7 am chapel at UPH (the Christian Univeristy). The message was delivered in both English and Bahasa, and thankfully they didn't have us sing any songs in Bahasa! The morning was spent together as a group visiting schools. We visited three different Christian schools. SPH costs $20,000 and has both national and expat teachers. SDH costs $10,000 and has national teachers. SLH is the third kind of school and I heard different numbers on cost, but I think it's around $2,000 or $1,000. We were also told that a student's education can be sponsored for 5,000 rp a month, which is only $0.50! We visited SPH first and sat down the the headmaster Phillip Nash who explained how the three levels of schools differed and explained why the schools were built. These schools are Christian schools, but do not require that the students be Christian; most students are Christians but there are also Muslim students. They sign a waiver that says that they realize this is a Christian school and realize how the schools works (ie they pray in class and have chapel etc). We toured the building and then left to go to SDH. We toured this school and then left for SLH.
He played guitar while we sang One Direction
Then we went for lunch at Batawi and headed out to drop the education students at SPH in Karawaci (a different SPH than the one before) and then the business students were going to go on to visit a business. Once again traffic was crazy and the business students ended up staying at the mall near by. This SPH was amazing. It takes up 8 floors of a high rise building and is absolutely beautiful! They have an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a food kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and even escalators on some floors, and that doesn't even explain how amazing it is.
Lindsay Cooper's classroom (Calvin Alum)
Then we hurried back to the hotel to get ready to eat dinner at the Riady house. Pak James (Mr. Riady) and his wife Ibu Aileen have done amazing things for Indoesia. It was such an honor to get to spend time at his home, talking with him and other important people from the area including someone from the hospitals they've built and the headmaster we met with earlier. Pak James is a Christian and has made that clear through his impact in his businesses in Indonesia, as they all have missions that have a focus Christianity. He has put a strong emphasis on sharing Christ's love in Indonesia. We also had a western meal which I was very much a fan of! We got back to the hotel around 9:30/10:00.
Best tomato soup I've ever had
ALSO SO GOOD
Good night from Lippo Village,