Arrived in Medan, this morning from Singapore after a 20 hour flight (about 10,000 miles). Pictured above is the Polonia International Airport in Medan.


A panoramic photo from the 7th floor of the Grand Antares Hotel in Medan. The city of Medan began as a small village around 1590 by Guru Patimpus. It is named after Medina in Saudi Arabia. Medan is the capital of the North Sumatra province in Indonesia. Located on the northern coast, Medan is the fourth largest city in Indonesia (behind Jakarta, Surabaya, and Bandung), and the largest Indonesian city outside Java.


An interesting building viewed from my hotel room.


Approximately a half dozen mosques visible from my hotel window. Pictured above is the great mosque of Medan. A Muezzin calls the neighborhood to prayer five times a day over a loud speaker. Often times this call to pray will wake up you from sleep during the night.

It is the rainy season so it is very hot and humid this time of year. We will be meeting with various Lutheran leaders. More later.

Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations

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Location:Jalan Sisingamangaja, Medan, Indonesia