Archive for March 2012

Indonesia, Luther Academy, and GKLI

Revs. Charles Henrickson and Daniel Preus present for Luther Academy to Indonesian pastors on the topic of “The Two Kingdoms.”

My trip to Indonesia for discussions between the LCMS and the Gereja Kristen Luther Indonesia (GKLI) – Indonesian Christian Lutheran Church corresponded with a Luther Academy event on the two kingdoms in Medan. This fortuitous correspondence allowed Rev Daniel Preus, the fourth vice-president of the LCMS, to participate in the discussions with the GKLI. The GKLI began in 1965 as a breakaway from the Huria Kristen Batak Protestant (HKBP) – Protestant Christian Batak Church. The GKLI has the Augsburg Confession as the basis of its confession.

Presentation of greetings and presentation of gifts from the LCMS to Bishop Aladin and the GKLI.

Mr. Darin Storkson, Dr. Albert Collver, Bishop Aladin, Rev. Daniel Preus, Rev. Charles Henrickson are pictured after receiving the traditional Indonesian gift for prosperity, the ulos.

A plaque commemorating the occasion of our visit.

Matins was used for worship, including the Te Deum in Indonesian.

Discussions continued on Saturday.

Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations

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Location:Jalan Sisingamangaraja,Medan,Indonesia

Around Medan — Houses of Worship

With the call to prayer from a muezzin at a nearby mosque awaking us from sleep before sunrise, we had an early breakfast around 6 am and then the opportunity to go around Medan on a becak (a cycle rickshaw). Although becaks are banned by law in Jakarta, they are quite popular in Medan (and in the slums of Jakarta). Riding through Medan on a becak is a great way to experience Medan, see the sites, and smell the city.

Darin Storkson, Regional Director of the South Asia Region, negotiates with the becak driver for transport around Medan.

Medan has few places that would be called tourist attractions. Most of the buildings of colonial Dutch architecture have either fallen into disrepair or have been torn down to make room for modern buildings such as parking garages or malls. One of the most impressive buildings architecturally is the Great Mosque, which was our first stop.

Outside the gates of the Great Mosque, which was built in 1906. The domes are supposed to symbolize the vaults of heaven.

The minaret is the tallest part of the mosque. Historically, the minaret developed in the 7th century to put mosques on pair with the bell towers of Christian churches.

Collver stands outside the mosque in Medan. Nearby the mosque is a cemetery, which is not a common occurrence. After visiting the mosque, we stopped at the St. Mary Cathedral.

Medan was established as an Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in 1961.

The side of the cathedral in Medan.

A statue of the Virgin Mary above the entryway to the cathedral.

The sanctuary adorned for Lent.

The crucifixion of Jesus portrayed in the sanctuary.

Inside the hymnal of the Medan archdiocese is Lutheran pastor, Paul Gerhardt’s hymn, “O Haupt voll Blut und Wunded,” (“O Sacred Head Now Wounded”) in Indonesian. The title in Indonesian reads, “O Bloody Head.” A small Lutheran influence on the Roman Catholic church.

Tomorrow, we will look at the Lutheran church in North Sumatra (Medan).

Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations

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Location:Jalan Sisingamangaraja,Medan,Indonesia

WMLT in Indonesia

Rev. Nelson (HKBP) with Dr. Collver

Last evening we, Mr. Darin Storkson and myself, had the opportunity to meet informally with Rev. Nelson Siregar of the Protestant Batak Christian Church (HKBP) in Medan, Indonesia. Rev. Nelson is the Head of the Diakonia Department for the HKBP. I first met Rev. Nelson on a trip to Indonesia in 2006 after the tsunami that killed 200,000 people. At the time LCMS World Relief and Human Care began a project with Rev. Nelson and the HKBP to assist people affected by the tsunami and a subsequent earthquake in JoJakarta. Now Regional Director of South Asia, Mr. Darin Storkson was instrumental in forming these connections. We presently are in Indonesia to forge stronger connections between the LCMS and other Lutheran Churches here.

Last evening was a good opportunity to strengthen connections with Rev. Nelson, who is very appreciative of the LCMS emphasis on Witness, Mercy, Life Together.

Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations

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Location:Jalan Sisingamangaraja,Medan,Indonesia

Medan Indonesia

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