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Saturday, September 25, 2010


It's been another busy, wonderful week of missionary flying here in Northeast Kalimantan.

Last Saturday, Pak Isto, one of our fantastic, young, Indonesian hangar employees got married.  A group of us pilots/mechanics, together with most of the other Indonesian staff, got together and made the one and half hour boat trip to the little village where they got married. 

After the reception we snagged an MAF group shot.

The church was decorated in traditional Dayak carvings and paintings.

And the young ladies greeting folks as they entered, were also wearing traditional dress.  Those are completely made from tiny, itty bitty little beads.  Amazing hugh?

Even though this village was not as remote as the ones we fly to, it certainly created quite an excitement with the local kids to see so many Westerners walking around.  My friend and fellow pilot, (and a great photographer,) Tripp, was like a rock star being pursued by the paparazzi!

Here's a few random shots I took as we walked around a bit.


Jennifer Vance said...

Wow,those dresses are amazing!I'll have to share that on my blog,since I make things from beads.But I've never heard of an entire dress made out of beads.

Anonymous said...

Wow - what beautiful customs they have. And can I say - thanks for the pictures again!! Kathy Pemberton

The Other Alice said...

Just found out about what's going on in your area right now and wanted to let you know I'm praying for you and thanking God for His protection over you, all the MAF staff and families, and the Indonesian believers. We are more than conquerers in the midst of all of these things!

Angie Tolpin said...

seriously... you could be a pro phtographer dave--


Jenny Quld said...

Thinking of you all at the moment.

Anonymous said...

How come all the Americans go to weddings in jeans? What is that saying?

Those traditional dresses are exquisite, what artists they are!!

Anonymous said...

The Indonesians are so wonderfully photogenic. Is it that you are that great of a photographer or that they are beautiful people?

Dave said...

I totally agree with all of you! The dresses and customs are amazing, as are the beautiful people!

Now I'll try to answer the questions from "Anonymous." First off, for the record we're not all "Americans." As for the jeans...well, only one of the "Americans" are wearing jeans, but two of our Indonesian friends are wearing jeans. The truth is we were told to "dress down" because we had a long boat ride followed by a walk through a "kampung". Since this is the second time you've asked about our clothes I figure it's worth explaining that my friend that was getting married told us not to wear clothes that were very dressy. This was not a typical Indonesian wedding. It happened rather quickly, in a small village that was a long way from where we live. Despite the fact that we were told not to dress up, we still wore the clothes we would wear to church. It's very hard to find a traditional batik shirt here that's large enough to fit us, so for most of us our nicest dress clothes are a polo-style shirt. In comparison to the rest of the people in attendance (that were not part of the actual wedding party), we were actually way over-dressed! It was extremely hot and humid, so many people were not dressed up at all.

But I agree with you that the nice photos have more to do with the beautiful Indonesian people than with my photographic skills. Thanks for taking the time to comment. :)