Sunday, December 28, 2014

December 28, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  And Happy New Year!  
This week has been pretty good, we keep doing what we're supposed to be doing, so there's a lot that's going on as missionaries.  We're pretty busy.  But riding angkots and teaching first and second lessons is not that exciting to tell about when that's all we do for days on end.  But it is pretty exciting from here.  I sure love it.
Christmas was good, we got up and then went to the Welch's.  We skyped our families, which was the highlight of the day, and then we lounged around.  Sister Welch is one of the greatest cooks ever, so we ate a ton of snacks that she made, and we played some games, like a word search, and a white elephant thing, and so that was good.  A couple of the members here joined us, which was fun.  We also celebrated Elder Budi's birthday, which is the same day.  So Sister Welch got him a sweater vest and we put some egg and flour on his head.  
I got to go on splits with Elder Eyre again, which was good.  I really like him.  He's a great, humble, hard working missionary.  I always enjoy going out with him.  It was way fun.  
Life is good as a missionary, even if it is the same every day.  I really like it here, and am really happy with my companion and my district and my area and my investigators.  Everything seems to be going perfectly, as far as I can expect it to go perfectly.  
Well, the time's up, I love you!  Elder Heiner

A picture of me at "Bro Mart".
Bro Mart is like a gas station store, there isn't much inside.
I don't know what the name stands for, but it is funny.
The chapel decorated for the Christmas party.
A photo from the mission tour with Elder and Sister Funk.

Monday, December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014

Dear Everyone.
I only have a couple of minutes today, so I'm sorry if I didn't reply to your email or if this isn't that much to read.  This week was good.  It's still hot and rains occasionally.  Hopefully you all have a great Christmas.
Elder Heiner

This is how you know it's Christmas.
Sun, ocean, and a sweet island.
We decorated for Christmas.
Except for the trash, it's just on it's way out.
The view from a village called Koha.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014

Merry Christmas!  There's only 9 days left! 
This week has been fun, I only went to Jakarta for Mission Leadership Council, and to Surabaya for a mission tour with Elder Funk.  Pretty Cool. 
Anyways, my time is up because this computer takes forever to type on and there are some other things we need to take care of. 
Have a great time!

I love you,
Elder Heiner
Me and Elder Randy D Funk.
Me and Brother Ferry at his
Christmas Tree Celebration.
An Indonesian gas station.
The view from McDonalds.
My allen wrench.  They took it on the 15th time it had been
through security.  That's OK, I got it back.

Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8, 2014

Hello everyone,
First, I would like apologize for the lack of pictures.  I am currently emailing on the Welch's computer (we came here for p-day to watch the Christmas devotional), and I don't want to risk giving a virus to this one.  You'll just have to wait till tomorrow.  And by tomorrow, I use that in the Javanese sense that means on a day in the future. 
This week was pretty good.  It's now December, which means that Manado is in CRAZY mode.  There are people who dress up as Santa Clause and as his sidekick Sinter Pete, and they ride around in a truck and Santa gives the nice little kids presents and Sinter Pete takes the naughty little kids, puts them in a bag, drags them to church, sits them down and tells them that they need to shape up or they won't get anything.  Pete is way scary. He's painted black with a white face, and most children are scared of him.  And they roll around town in the back of a pickup and blare Christmas music REALLY loud.  It's a very strange tradition. 
We didn't have a whole lot go on this week.  Because Christmas is starting up, a lot of people are really busy and trying to meet with them is difficult.  They don't want to make appointments, so we have a lot of no-sure-appointment time.  But everyone is really happy, and they like to talk to us, they just don't really want to let us in.  It's OK, and it's this way every year, from what I hear from other missionaries, but it makes things pretty slow. 
We had another earthquake, or so they say.  This one wasn't big enough for me to feel it, so it probably wasn't anything to worry about. 
Life in Indonesia is pretty normal.  It's still about 90 degrees every day, and it rains for part of almost every day, and some days for a long time and some days for just a little.  I bought a new umbrella (I didn't bring the one from last rainy season in Tangerang), and it's just about destroyed.  It's okay because I only spent 20.000 rupia on it.  And it's lasted me a month.  But now when I use it, everyone just laughs at me.  I'll have to take a picture so you can laugh too. 
Anyway, that's about all I've got time for. I'm going to the airport here in a little bit, my flight to Jakarta is at 2:50, and I get into Jakarta at 5:10.  There's a one hour time difference, so it's a pretty long flight.  Jakarta traffic is pretty gnarly at 5, so chances are good I'll get in at 8 tonight or 9. Tomorrow is MLC, it will be fun.  Have a good week! 
Love,  Elder Heiner

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1, 2014

Dear everyone,
This week was pretty good.  I enjoy being here in Manado.  It's like we're in the jungle.  Except with regular things, like running water (even if you can't drink it, and it's cold), and grocery stores, and places where we can email home.  It's been pretty rainy recently, which is nice because it isn't that hot, but not that nice because it's wet.  
I got to go on splits with Elder Eyre this week, and that was fun.  He's a solid missionary with a really good work ethic, and he's really good at talking to people.  He's always ready to talk to everyone, everywhere, which is awesome.  I really enjoyed working with him. We are going to eat later today as a district.  We have 6 missionaries and a mission couple, I'll send a picture.  3 of the missionaries are from Java.  We don't have zone leaders out here because we aren't a zone.  We are the only district our here and we are way out in the boonies.
Thanksgiving was this week, and I forgot.  It happens when the Christmas season is in all the months that end in "ber."
The cost of gas went up in Indonesia about 10 cents, so now all the angkots are more expensive by about 6 or 7 cents.  You'd think that doesn't make a difference, but it does.  That's about 50 cents a day, and when I try to live on $5 a day, that changes things.  But not that much, we're still doing fine.  Don't worry.  
I went through some really old teaching records last night, which was fun.  There's a box full of them.  Literally.  There's records going back to 2009.  I want to try a lot of them, but the information is not complete...  So just a heads up to all you future missionaries, make sure the information on your records is complete.  They need an address and a phone number, and if neither of those are on there, it's hard to get a hold of people.  And by that, I mean impossible.  So just do it.  You'll help the missionaries that are there in 5 years.  
I think that's all I have to say.  I always forget what cool stuff happened.  It's a good thing I keep a journal.  Oh yeah, I hit the 8 year anniversary of keeping a daily journal.  That's a milestone for sure.  I recommend keeping a journal, it's nice.
Love,  Elder Heiner
We went to a beach.  There's the Welch's (that's the mission couple),
 Elder Eyre (the only other white guy that's not me or the Welch's),
 Elder Budi (he has glasses), Elder Hetharua (my companion), 
Sister Wihanda (she's from the same ward as Elder Budi),
 and Sister Baricante (she's from the Philippines).  
The shirt... was given to me by an investigator down
in Surabaya.
This is what it looks like everywhere once you get about 
20 minutes away from our house.  
It's like we're in the jungle all the time.
Elder Eyre and I rode in the back of a truck, but it's OK
because it had roofs and seats.  And we pay for it because
it is the way to one of our investigators houses.
The view from a member's house.