The end of May brought the end of the semester in Balige. Shortly before that, I helped lead a retreat for the 3rd year students, who are now soon to graduate.

End of year retreat with the 3rd year students
End of year retreat with the 3rd year students

And all the students with staff, myself, and our guest from Germany who gave a German language course in June.
Students and staff of the HKBP Deaconess School for the year 2012-2013
Students and staff of the HKBP Deaconess School for the year 2012-2013

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To start off the month of June, I took a few days in Kuala Lumpur. It was another forced vacation of sorts, since the visa still was not clear, I had to exit and re-enter…again.

Petronas Towers - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Petronas Towers – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Good morning Kuala Lumpur
Good morning Kuala Lumpur

Chinatown. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Chinatown. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Colorful fountain in Kuala Lumpur
Colorful fountain in Kuala Lumpur

In Balige in June, the students were divided and the 2nd and 3rd year students had German and I taught the 1st year students English. When it came time to teach at the university at the end of June, some of the students, having seen via facebook that my birthday had passed, asked if they could celebrate with me. I thought that was a good idea, so I treated them all to dinner, and they provided the cake.

university students help celebrate my birthday in Siantar
Nommensen University students help celebrate my birthday in Siantar

1st year class - ('12-'13) in their June English Course
1st year class – (’12-’13) in their June English Course in Balige

We had guests who dropped in from a partner church in Germany for an hour one day. Their visit was short, and we talked about the program and gave a quick tour of the school grounds. The leader of the HKBP denomination was also on hand, and he posed for a quick photo.

Students with the Ephorus (Bishop) of the HKBP church.
Students with the Ephorus (Bishop) of the HKBP church.

There was also time for fun…

relax time
relax time

cooking meatballs for bakso
cooking meatballs for bakso

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