International Aids Awareness Day


Today is International Aids Awareness Day. How did you spend it? We spent it with a group of Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Buddhists to make a statement. Many of us wore T-shirts that said, “I’m peacemaker”. These young people have gone to many “Peace Camps” together and are looking for ways to work together to help the world be a better place.  We left the house in twos and threes on motorbikes with backpacks full of apples and red ribbons to give away. The theme of the day was “STOP the stigma and discrimination”. The theme of their lives includes “We want to work together to help the world be a better place.” Afterwards we ate together in the park and will come back together tonight for a party at the community centre. What a GREAT DAY!


Thanksgiving in Bali

There are many American and Western holidays that I would never want to duplicate in a new country. That is not true of Thanksgiving. It is a holiday of giving thanks for a good harvest and provision of the last year. It is a moment to stop with friends and family to give thanks.

We have been given such amazing hospitality here.  I have been humbled by their generosity, openness, honesty, love and acceptance. Not to mention the amazing cooking we have tasted. It was nice to do something little for them.


We were taken for shopping, for the meal, at the “traditional market” for the meal. balimarket

At one point Andrew counted 41 people at the same time but about 50 came. balitdaymeal

We got some great photos of our friends so I thought I would put them up here.

I am starting to see dynamic equivalents in cultures around the world for Thanksgiving. A few days ago,  here in Bali, there was a festival day in which the streets were full of motorbikes with families in full ceremonial dress and baskets of gifts to show respect for their deities. The Muslims celebrate Eid Al-Adha. This is when a lamb is slaughtered in remembrance of the Sacrifice where the Koran says God stopped Abraham’s cutting Ishmael’s throat. We were there watching as the men sang, the women watch, they all drank tea and the courtyard was full of sheep waiting for the slaughter. Families would bring home the slaughtered lamb, feast with their families and the poor families that could not afford their own lamb.