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Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH)

Updated on April 25, 2011

UPH is a University in Jakarta, Indonesia

UNIVERSITY

BACKGROUND HISTORY

Established in 1994 by Pelita Harapan Foundation/Yayasan Universitas Pelita Harapan (YUPH), Universitas Pelita Harapan is committed to the noble industry of education. This commitment is reflected in the professional management, high quality faculties, curricula and facilities, as well as scholarships for outstanding students and those needing financial assistance.

In our journey towards true excellence in education, the Universitas Pelita Harapan vision and mission statements serve as fundamental guide in the never-ending development of Total Transformational Education.

Based on Christian principles, Universitas Pelita Harapan aspires to provide excellent education through Global Best Practices, Professional Management, Strategic Global Partnerships and a People-Oriented Approach. Through the three distinctive curricula of leadership, learning and communication skills, character and attitude, UPH has established a strong reputation for its combination of knowledge, faith and character.

Escalating student enrollment has shaped UPH into a multi-cultural campus, with students from more than 15 diverse nations, including the United States, Russia, China, Korea, and Germany. Learning is supported by one of the best instructor student ratios available.

UPH has successfully achieved the ISO 9001-2000 certification since March 2008.

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Mission Youth for Christ (MYC)

This is the Vision and Mission of MYC

STUDENT DORMITORY

Mission Youth for Christ (MYC)

MYC RESIDENT program center

Vision

True knowledge, Faith in Christ, Godley character

Mission

Grounded in our desire to aspire students to live out the Great Commandment stated in Luke 10:27 and implement the Great Commission of Matthew of the saving grace through discipleship, and to encourage a God-centered life of leadership and servant-hood for the glory of God

Purpose

MYC aspires to lead with confidence and compassion, an intellectual and spiritual renewal that advances the purpose of Christ.

MYC Student Dormitory which was opened in June 2006 offers an excellent opportunity for students to have an exciting experience of cultural, spiritual and social advantages. The purpose of the dormitory is to help the first-year students feel comfortable, secure and confident while making the adjustment to university demands, and absolutely to teach the students to be independent and become Disciples of Christ.

Students who choose resident living on campus can look forward to a home away from home complete with the touch of family atmosphere, new friends, modern living, and personal attention from Supervisors, Resident Assistants, and Dorm Masters. Students will find help available 24 hours a day, as the MYC team provides Care and Concern, personality development, spiritual growth and education.

MYC dares to dream big and responds to the Great Commission by providing various programs such as: Monthly Gatherings, Community Outreach Opportunities, Tutoring, MYC Friday Night, Leadership Disciples Training, Mentor Program, Movie Madness, MYC Green Day, Health Project, Olympic Race, Saturday Activities, and many more.

All UPH and UPH College students can use the facilities in MYC, such as the swimming pool, billiards, and the MYC lounge.

Student security and safety is state-of-the-art, with smart card and ID required for entry into the residence hall. There's a group of security personnel on duty throughout the campus 24 hours a day. Campus gardens, walkways, and parking facilities are illuminated and well-maintained to add to the safety of UPH.

Indonesia

Indonesia
Indonesia
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Integrated Campus Life at UPH College

Spiritual Development at UPH College

INTEGRATED

CAMPUS LIFE

The Campus

UPH is a very warm campus where everyone is like family. Lecturers and students build strong and professional relationships in and out of the class. Administrative staff helps support students in campus matters and issues related to learning and teaching. Being respectful, encouraging and professional to each other is very important to UPH campus life.

SPIRITUAL

DEVELOPMENT

As a university that promotes Christian Education, UPH puts spiritual growth of their students and staff at the utmost importance. This is manifested in Tuesday Chapel for students, staff and employees; held every Tuesday morning at 7:00 in the Grand Chapel. There is a weekly Sunday Chapel which is open to the public to quench their thirst for the Word of God.

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UPH College 2010-2011

The facilities that are provided by UPH College are quite good

“ An educational system called PBL (Problem Based Learning) is the basis of UPH College’s curriculum. Therefore, we’re not only learning theories but we can understand and know the situation in the field. Besides that, there is also a developing collaboration credits-transfer system between UPH College and UPH (the University). The facilities that are provided by UPH College are quite good. Even more, though it is under construction at the moment, there is going to be an Olympic size swimming pool.”

By Jessy Kusno – Grade 12

“I feel so lucky that I can go to school at UPH College because UPH College is one of the best schools in Indonesia. Ever since I started studying at UPH College, I have become a better person. Everyone in UPH College is friendly and loveable.”

By Erick – Grade 10

“My impression of UPH College is represented by the atmosphere in my class, where it is a family-like environment, with unity and high solidarity between students.

Additionally, the teachers are also kind and caring toward their students.”

By Cynthia Muljadi – Grade 10

“Wonderful things happen here because I have met new friends and learned a lot here. These new experiences have made me grow.”

By Candy Supriady – Grade 11

“UPH College, a place to reach our dreams through God and true Knowledge.”

By Celine Steven Nagara – Grade 11

“My appreciation for UPH College is because of the well-planned educational system, the supportive facilities, the earnestness of the teachers, and true Godly principles.”

By Sherika Puspita – Grade 10

“UPH College is a school that has complete facilities to support the student’s needs. UPH College is a big deal for those who want to have a better chance in chasing their dreams, because through UPH College, students have the opportunity to graduate form the University with a Master’s Degree, faster than other locations and thus start work sooner. Another positive thing about UPH College is that students are separated into 3 levels according to their learning levels.”

By Kevin Anthony Sumawan – Grade 11

“UPH College teaches not only knowledge but knowledge of God and having good character.”

By Eugenia Mutiara – Grade 11

“From approximately the six months I have spent here, I have found all I ever dreamed of, which is an environment that is fun, yet conducive to learning; we have teachers that strict but kind, and a complete array of advanced facilities.”

By Jonathan Elian Sjamsudin – Grade 10

“Going to school at UPH College is great. The warm environment and good facilities make this school so fun. I love going to school here.”

By Ryan Natagawa Ribuan – Grade 11

“Living in the dorm teaches us to be independent. It strengthens our Christian faith. The dorm also holds fun activities every couple of weeks. What I like the most about UPH College is the PE class. The PE class has programs about fitness that I find very useful when it comes to body-building and fitness.”

By Aldrich Zuriel – Grade 12

“UPH College is one of the many high schools in Tangerang that really pay attention to their students’ faith in Christ, which is the most important thing in life. UPH College also has high standards, a good curriculum and uses a moving class system that will be applicable at the University. UPH College prepares the students to face the real world.”

By Philemon Kharis – Grade 10

Cooking with Chu Chu

Cooking with Chu Chu
Cooking with Chu Chu

Dorm Supervisors

Dorm Supervisors
Dorm Supervisors

Ribka, Supervisor of Girls

Ribka, Supervisor of Girls
Ribka, Supervisor of Girls

UPH Co-workers

UPH Co-workers
UPH Co-workers

Happy Birthday CeCi

Happy Birthday CeCi
Happy Birthday CeCi

Jesslyn, stamping with CeCi

Jesslyn, stamping with CeCi
Jesslyn, stamping with CeCi

These are the Girls of UPH College Dorm

These are the Girls of UPH College Dorm
These are the Girls of UPH College Dorm
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The Mekar Lestari Orphanage

Cecile and Harry took the UPH College students on a trip to the Mekar Lestari Orphanage in a village near Tangerang, Indonesia.

They exist, born into this world, but they are rejected. They do not understand why they are not embraced in warmth and love. Rather, loneliness and solitude are shadows over their lives.

The Rumpun Lestari Foundation was formally and legally established eight years ago in response to the terrible social problems that discolor the world around us. In particular the crisis of child abandonment; many babies and children are rejected by those very people who should take responsibility for them.

The Rumpun Lestari Foundation supports the Mekar Lestari Orphanage, which has the mission of reuniting mothers and their children. Rumpun Lestari and Mekar Lestari act toward this goal equally for mothers and children of all classes, races, and religions. The orphanage managers make extreme efforts to trace and contact the families of abandoned and rejected children and to prepare the families of these sweet babies to accept them back.

Over 200 children have been successfully reunited with their families in the last 8 years.

Our dorm students went on a field trip to visit these orphans. The students had an opportunity to play games with these sweet kids in the orphanage, color, tell bible stories and put on a puppet show. The orphanage has children from newborn to age 9 ½. We also prepared music for the kids to enjoy.

Photos can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/harryandcc

I wish you could have been here there Saturday to see the sweet little kids. I made a video of the students and supervisors interacting with the Orphanage children.

You can see it HERE:http://www.youtube.com/profohms

YouTube of an Orphanage

I wish you could have been here there Saturday to see the sweet little kids. I made a video of the students and supervisors interacting with the Orphanage children. You can see it HERE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91uKCtkaJFA

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The Women's Retreat

Rumah Jambuluwuk

The Women's Retreat

Rumah Jambuluwuk

Butique Conference Nusantara & Garden Resort

Rumah Jambuluwuk is a unique group of Indonesian traditional wooden villas. The view from Rumah Jambuluwuk is nothing less than picture perfect, entering a world colored by calming mountains vistas.

There are 20 cozy, fully air conditioned Villas; 12 villas with 3 bedrooms, kitchen, family room; 8 villas with 4 bedrooms, dining room, two family rooms as well as a more spacious kitchen where you can share your time with friends and family.

This wonderful resort is located less than one hour away from the dizzy rush and bustle of Jakarta, yet it's not as far as a trip to the Puncak area where you can avoid traffic.

As you look at the following pictures, you will see some of the braver women taking part in the adventures of: The Flying Fox, High Ropes, Wall Climbing, and Side Traversing.

http://www.rumahjambuluwuk.com/

YouTube videos of "Rumah Jambuluwuk" - www.rumahjambuluwuk.com

Rumah Jambuluwuk

Butique Conference Nusantara & Garden Resort

There are 20 cozy, fully air conditioned Villas; 12 villas with 3 bedrooms, kitchen, family room; 8 villas with 4 bedrooms, dining room, two family rooms as well as a more spacious kitchen where you can share your time with friends and family.

As you look at the following pictures, you will see some of the braver women taking part in the adventures of: The Flying Fox, High Ropes, Wall Climbing, and Side Traversing.

CeCi Smith is sending you three videos that she hopes you'll enjoy. Please view them in the Following order: CiCi doing the high ropes course, ADE 0019, CiCi going on the zipline

You can read the blog at this address: http://www.squidoo.com/uph

An Orphanage in Indonesia - Field trip to an orphanage

Our dorm students went on a field trip to visit these orphans. The students had an opportunity to play games with these sweet kids in the orphanage, color, tell bible stories and put on a puppet show. The orphanage has children from newborn to age 9 ½. We also prepared music for the kids to enjoy.

Bella

Bella
Bella

Ivy

Ivy
Ivy

Priscilla, Della and Ribka

Priscilla, Della and Ribka
Priscilla, Della and Ribka

Isabella

Isabella
Isabella

In the Kitchen

In the Kitchen
In the Kitchen

Jesslyn, Gladis, Adelina and Jessica

Jesslyn, Gladis, Adelina and Jessica
Jesslyn, Gladis, Adelina and Jessica

Ribka and Della

Ribka and Della
Ribka and Della
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These are the new Teacher College students from Indonesia

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These are the new Teacher College students from Indonesia

by Harry M Smith Jr (videos)

This is a moment during the Welcome Assembly when new (TC) students are recognized, and prayed for with the laying on of hands. These are the new Teacher College students from Andalas, Java, Celebes, Boroneo and Papua. What an awesome experience.

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Traditional Dance of the Borneo Region.

by Harry M Smith Jr (videos)

This is the Dayak Dance, from the Borneo Region of Indonesia.

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Traditional Dance of the Java Region.

by Harry M Smith Jr (videos)

This is the Payung Dance, from the Java Region of Indonesia.

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Traditional Dance of the Andalas Region.

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This is the Batak Dance, from the Andalas Region of Indonesia.

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Traditional Dance of the Celebes Region.

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This is the Angin Dance, from the Celebes Region of Indonesia.

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Traditional Dance of the Papua Region.

by Harry M Smith Jr (videos)

We just attended the Welcome Assembly for new (TC) students. These are Teacher College students from Andalas, Java, Celebes, Boroneo and Papua. The Praise and Worship, student drama, remarks from Dr. Miller and Dean Ibu Connie Rasilim, and the student's enthusiasm were awesome. I believe you will enjoy the traditional dance numbers from the five regions. This is the Papua Dance.

Click Here: Traditional Dance of the Papua Region

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Handling basic objections

Some believers worry about what they will say when people object to something

Handling basic objections

Some believers worry about what they will say when people object to something. You probably won’t have to deal with objections as often as you think, and when you do, many will be relatively small questions that can be addressed quickly. This discussion will help you deal with many of these minor objections that I have found to be the most common. If you want to be able to know how to answer more involved objections, there are other resources you can look into. For most believers, I think their time would be better spent getting out there and sharing the gospel. You will learn how to handle objections from experience. Regardless of the objection, the goal is to not to be right or to win an argument. The goal is to use the objective, with some logic, to see if they would listen to the gospel.

In many cases the most important thing to do when faced with an objection is to have a good attitude. Try not to think of those who object as the enemy. They may be frustrated, angry, and victimized by this world. God loves them and He wants them saved. They have never experienced God and do not know the peace and assurances you have. Sometimes those who object the strongest are close to receiving Christ. Even when people are unreasonable, God will bless you for standing up for the truth.

“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12) -- Scripture read by Gladys

The responses given to these objections are only suggestions. You may feel led to share something entirely different.

I don’t believe in the Bible – Response read by Angel

Have you ever read the Bible? Maybe you’ve drawn a conclusion about something you know little about. This would be like criticizing a movie you haven’t seen or a book you haven’t read. If you’re reasonable, you will realize that you haven’t been objective. Would you like to hear more?

You say that you’ve read the Bible; then I’m sure you know that one of the main themes of the Bible is how we can have eternal life. Do you know what the Bible says about how we can have eternal life? I’m not asking if you believe in the Bible, what I’m asking is: Tell me what the Bible says about how to get to Heaven. Most people say that you get to heaven by being a good person or obeying the Ten Commandments. Let me tell you that the opposite is true. Eternal life is free and there is nothing you can do to work for it or earn it. If you’re still not interested, you are rejecting the Bible without understanding it.

I don’t believe in God – Response read by Steven

The Bible does not try to prove the existence of God. The Bible says it’s obvious. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20) Sometimes atheists, and other skeptics, claim they need to “see it” before they will believe it; but you believe in other things you don’t see, like gravity, electricity, and radio waves.

If you simply believe God first, God will reveal Himself to you, and you will understand many of the questions you have. You will have a peace and an assurance that you are going to heaven, then you won’t care about some of your questions anyway. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God.” (Hebrews 11:3)

Aren’t there contradictions in the Bible? – Response read by Julia

Could you please show me one? Or better yet, can I show you one? This is just an example of what some people may think is a contradiction. Matthew 28:2-6 describes one angel at the tomb of Jesus, whereas John 20:12 describes two angels. This looks like a contradiction; however, one author’s description of one angel talking doesn’t mean a second angel wasn’t there. Things like this happen every day. Some supposed ‘contradictions’ are just one author giving a different perspective or not giving every detail. I’ve heard it said, “People don’t reject the Bible because it contradicts itself, they reject the Bible because it contradicts them.” Would you like for me to explain how you can go to heaven?

If God is good, why does He allow evil in the world? – Response read by Cio

We are responsible for most of our problems, but instead of taking responsibility, we often blame God. God warns us, we disobey Him, and then ask how God could allow this. People often blame God after they have been warned and after they have refused to obey Him.

After most natural calamities some ask, “Why didn’t God prevent this, or why does God allow suffering?” When it comes to asking God why things happen, we simply can’t know. The Bible says, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out.” (Romans 11:33)

Sometimes we suffer because we make bad choices, but not always. Sometimes we have a choice and sometimes we don’t. Right now, you have a choice as to whether or not you want to know how Jesus can forgive you so you can go to heaven and not suffer for all eternity.

How can a God of love send people to hell? – Response read by Celine

It is true that only God, not Satan or anyone else, has the power to send people to hell (Matthew 10:28); however, God made salvation so easy that we really send ourselves to hell. No one in hell can honestly say, “It’s God’s fault I’m here”. God is Holy and does not tolerate evil or ignore sin. If God did not deal with evil, that would make Him evil. If God gave us what we deserved, we would all be in hell. (Romans 3:23, 6:23) Because God is good and a God of love, He made a tremendous sacrifice so we could have eternal life with Him. We simply have to choose to let God forgive us. Can I show you how you can go to heaven?

Christianity is too narrow – Response read by Riyandi

You are right about Christianity being narrow, however: Jesus said, “Strait is the gate: and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be who find it.” (Matthew. 7:14) There are many scriptures that clearly state Jesus is the only way to heaven. Jesus Himself made this clear when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

If there were other ways to get to heaven that would mean Jesus wasn’t truthful, and there was no reason for Him coming to earth and dying for our sins. If there were other ways to get to heaven, the Bible would have told us through the prophets. On the contrary, the prophets told us of Jesus. We know from the Bible that the only way to heaven is through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. You have the opportunity to know how you can get to heaven.

All roads lead to God – Response read by Daniel

All roads may lead to God, but only one leads to eternal life. (John 14:6) All roads lead to either the ‘Great White Throne Judgment’ where unbelievers will be judged for their sins. (Revelation 20:11), or to the ‘Judgment Seat of Christ’ (2 Corinthians 5:10) where believers will be rewarded for what they have done for the Lord. The only road that leads to eternal life is through Jesus Christ. Heaven is a free gift, and you can have it if you want, but you must make this choice before you die.

Christianity is a crutch – Response read by Jesslyn

Thank you for saying that Christianity is a crutch. You probably meant this statement to be offensive, but it’s actually a compliment, because we Christians are dependent on Christ. This is the way it should be. We have been created to have Christ in our lives. The Bible says we are “Complete in him.” (Colossians 2:10) This means we’re incomplete without Him. The Bible says, “He (Christ) is our peace,” (Ephesians 2:14) which means we can’t have peace apart from Christ. Calling Christianity a crutch is like hoping along on a broken leg in pain and making fun of someone using crutches. How smart is that? By the way, what are you going to lean on when you lose your job or learn that you have a life threatening illness? For many, it’s alcohol, but whatever it is, Christ is better.

Angel

Angel
Angel

Steven

Steven
Steven

Julia and Agnis

Julia and Agnis
Julia and Agnis

Cio and Simon

Cio and Simon
Cio and Simon

Celine (Sally)

Celine (Sally)
Celine (Sally)

Riyandi and Daniel

Riyandi and Daniel
Riyandi and Daniel

Jesslyn Natasha

Jesslyn Natasha
Jesslyn Natasha
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The Shining Star of our Program is our Supervisors and Resident Assistants

The selection of these young adults has been KEY to the success of the MYC dorm life.

Hands down, the shining star of our program is our supervisors and resident assistants. The selection of these young adults has been KEY to the success of the MYC dorm life. They are the cream of the crop. Our students walked into the lives of these supervisors unknown and were accepted by them as younger brothers and sisters. Their authority in the dorm has never been questioned. These young leaders constantly sacrifice their time and energy to nurture and guide these young people. They stay up late caring for sick students; counsel them when they need direction; wrap their arms around them when they need a shoulder to cry on; talk about their relationships with God; and practices a little tough love when necessary. They have created a safe haven where our students feel loved and are not afraid to be transparent. These leaders are imitators of Christ, giving off a sweet fragrance before these young people. It is very encouraging as dorm parents to observe the care and devotion our supervisors have for their students. They are godly role models.

Throughout the week we pour our lives into these leaders, encouraging them and sharing godly advice. Once a week we meet with them as they share the needs of their students. They report praises and concerns, and share their own needs. During this time we do follow-up, encourage them, give needed instruction, and motivate them to operate outside their comfort zone. With God’s help, we pour into them wisdom and years of experience of living life and walking with the Lord. Sometimes they just need answers that are beyond their understanding and years. We pray together for these needs and thank God for the praises.

The relevance of what we are doing through MYC is significant when we see how God is maturing these students. They have a much more cooperative and obedient spirit than when they came in July. They have become more independent and confident in themselves. We’ve seen some marvelous achievements in several students who were struggling at the beginning of school. Even their classmates have applauded their successes. These rewards are worth every effort.

Today presented a wonderful example of the changed life of a male student who had difficulty with authority at the beginning of the school year and threatened his supervisor with his fist. As we sat across the table waiting to celebrate one of our supervisors that had just graduated, he was looking over at them as pictures were being taken and he made this statement with a big smile on his face: “I’m seeing myself there in about five years. I will graduate from high school and then college and then I have dreams of getting my masters and doctor’s degree.” We chatted about his dreams and I applauded the good mind God had given him. Then he said this: “I have four main things I focus on in my life: family, studies, my best friend and God.” Then he corrected himself and said, “No, I must put God first and then the rest follow.” This young man is changed from the inside out because of the vision of MYC and the environment we have provided for him. He is one of the ten that has come to know Jesus. Is MYC relevant? The changed life of this young man says it all.

Christmas in Indonesia

Christmas in Indonesia
Christmas in Indonesia

festival warna warni indonesia (Colorful Indonesia)

festival warna warni indonesia (Colorful Indonesia)
festival warna warni indonesia (Colorful Indonesia)

Cecile with some Indonesian students

Cecile with some Indonesian students
Cecile with some Indonesian students

Harry with some Indonesian students

Harry with some Indonesian students
Harry with some Indonesian students
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Our trip to Bali, Indonesia

Ubud Day Trip

Ubud Day Trip, Bali, Indonesia

While working at UPH College as dorm parents, we had a chance to take a holiday in Bali. Several places we visited were: the Bali rice terraces, the Monkey Forest Sanctuary, and the Tanah Lot Temple.

The Amazing Bali Rice Terraces

Wherever visitors go into the countryside on day trips it is inevitable they will see the rice terraces that adorn the faces of hills and mountains, the higher you go in elevation on the island, the more spectacular the rice terraces. These terraces are a classic feature on the landscape of Bali and are the rice cultivation on varying levels that follow the natural contours of the escarpments. The land is formed into multiple terraces, giving them a stepped appearance and are, in this manner of agriculture, a method of soil conservation to slow or prevent the rapid surface runoff of irrigation water. These rice terraces off some of the most spectacular panoramas and most are, breathtaking.

The Padangtegal Mandala Wisat Wenarawana

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Padangtegal, Ubud Bali

There are a lot of stories about the monkeys and the monkey forests in Bali. This forest is well controlled and if you are sensible and follow the rules. The monkeys are well behaved.

These were the posted rules to follow --

1. If a monkey approaches you don't panic, be relaxed and the monkey will be relaxed also

2. Monkeys are inquisitive and like to horde things, it is best not to wear jewelry or sunglasses when visiting the forest (you might loose your Black-Berry)

3. You can buy bananas from the old ladies at the markets both inside and outside the forest. They are cheap and the monkeys will be keen for a feed particularly if you go to the forest first thing in the morning. If the monkey wants your banana, give it to the monkey

4. If the monkey climbs on to you don't panic, if you are uncomfortable with this ask a park person (green t-shirts) to help you

Visit to the Bali temples

Tanah Lot Temple

The temple stands on top of a huge rock, surrounded by the sea and is one of Bali's most important sea temples. Tanah Lot pays homage to the guardian spirits of the sea.

Ancient rituals pay homage to the guardian spirits of the sea. Poisonous sea snakes found in the caves at the base of the rocky island are believed to be guardians of the temple, standing vigil against evil spirits and intruders.

Taman Ayun Temple

The royal Taman Ayun temple was built by one of the last priests to come to Bali from Java in the 16th century. Taman Ayun Temple is a unique Hindu Temple in Bali; surrounded by a big fishpond that looks like a drift on the water. It is a Royal Temple of the Mengwi Empire situated in Mengwi Village, Mengwi Sub district and Badung regency. The beautiful landscape, garden and unique temple building with Balinese architecture are a famous tourist destination in Bali.

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I Want My Fireworks, by Stevia

Lost of Not-Me Pictures

I Want My Fireworks! (Lots of Not-Me Pictures)

Every year, my University has this festival at the beginning of the semester (around the second week of August; this year, it started August 12). They call it, duh, UPH Festival of course. It's some sort of a welcoming party for the new batch of students.

See more pictures here

http://escapesweetest.blogspot.com/2010/08/i-want-...

You can watch it here (thank you, Stevia, whoever you are!)

It has all kind of stands with alluring street food and beverages with cheaper prices than our food court (yes, we are that cool; we have our own food court). It also has plentiful, more-than-we-need but informative seminars (I fell asleep numerous times when I was participating in my UPH Festival) and also concert nights (this year, we had some pretty prestige artists, Mike and Pasto and others, I can't remember) and it's highly anticipated because we would have this huge giant fireworks on closing day (it usually lasts for 3-4 days, mine was a week!) although this year was a little different. Instead of fireworks, we had a digital video mapping.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0TUvA8C2v0

You can watch it here (thank you, profohms, whoever you are!)

OK, Stevia: Just so you know, profohms is my school name. When I taught electronics at Mt SAC in California, the #1 formula was Ohms Law; so I ended up with the name of Prof (Professor) Ohms (Ohms Law). At the time, my BLOG address was http://www.profohms.com

My real name is: Harry Mendell Smith, Jr. And the reason that my wife and I ended up in Indonesia, is that we accepted the offer to work as "Dorm Parents" for UPH College. We are mom and dad to 41 MYC students that range from 10th to 12th graders.

DIGITAL VIDEO MAPPING - The Closing UPH Festival 17 Consists of Digital Video Mapping (DVM)

Come and Join this SPECTACULAR SHOW

The celebration of Transformation

The Closing UPH Festival 17 Consists of Digital Video Mapping (DVM)

DIGITAL VIDEO MAPPING

Video Mapping is a new exciting method; part of visual-art evolution.

DVM technology creates an optical illusion using light and data projectors to change ordinary everyday objects (such as a five story building) into spectacular magical creations.

The Artists can custom fit their mind-bending designs to any 3D material such as architecture. This method is already being developed worldwide.

Campus Life at UPH College - Jakarta, Indonesia

INTEGRATED

CAMPUS LIFE

The Campus

UPH is a very warm campus where everyone is like family. Lecturers and students build strong and professional relationships in and out of the class. Administrative staff helps support students in campus matters and issues related to learning and teaching. Being respectful, encouraging and professional to each other is very important to UPH campus life.

UPH College - University and College Facilities

UNIVERSITY

SOPHISTICATED FACILITIES

  • The Johannes Oentoro Library
  • Laboratories
  • Museum
  • Times Bookstore
  • Smart Card Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Volleyball Court
  • Basketball Court
  • Grand Chapel
  • International Food Court
  • Hotel for Hospitality Management
  • Teacher Education Building
  • MYC Building
  • Computer Science and Business Building
  • Radio and TV Production Lab
  • Orchestra and piano practice rooms
  • Photography Lab
  • Electrical Engineering Lab
  • Restaurant for Food Technology
  • Student Lounge
  • Business Development Center
  • Microsoft Innovation Center
  • Theater Performance Facility
  • Music Center
  • Aerobic and Fitness Center
  • Soccer Field

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The Impact of MYC on Young Lives

It is our goal to create an environment of comfort and security

Mission Youth for Christ - MYC - is a well-designed avenue to develop a strong foundation of saving grace through discipleship, to encourage a God-centered life, and to implement the Great Commission for each UPH College student. It is our goal to create an environment of comfort and security where this mission can be fulfilled spiritually, socially and intellectually. We want our young people to know that life does not revolve around them, but there is a world just a few blocks or an island away that needs Jesus. We pray that the Holy Spirit will set the hearts of our young people on fire with a love for the lost of Indonesia, so much so that they will impact their country for Jesus Christ.

There is a synergy that exists within MYC that is greater than the individuals and can only be accomplished by the "whole." The "whole" includes the MYC director and staff, dorm parents, resident assistants, supervisors, and students. A wealth of opportunity is available for students in MYC to grow spiritually and mature as young adults while they are in our care. They have everything at their fingertips in the way of a dedicated and committed "team" of Christian dorm parents, supervisors, and resident assistants to assist in this maturation. We are happy to say that is already in progress.

This is the inaugural year of UPH College and residential students and MYC has given us the opportunity to develop a baseline for this program that builds on the foundation of university dorm life, modified to meet the needs of high school students. This report represents five months of building on this principle and the positive results we are seeing in the lives of our supervisors and students.

An amazing and beautiful thing has taken place since our students arrived in the dorms of MYC. None of them were friends before coming here. Some were shy and very reserved; others energetic and vivacious. All came with different expectations. We've watched a transformation take place as they've stretched beyond their comfort zones to accept one another. They have bonded so well that when they were on holiday during Ramadan, they told us they were anxious to return to the dorms to be with their friends.

As dorm residents, students have the responsibility to wash their own clothes, keep their rooms clean and tidy and do their own dishes. For most of them, this is a new experience because someone at home has always done these things for them. They have learned well and are doing a great job at this. They are learning time management skills, which are beyond the bounds of most high school students who still have their parents standing over them to be sure their school work is done. We've seen great improvement in this area. They are learning to use their time wisely for study purposes and in preparation for arriving on time for class, meetings and activities, prepare for exams, and complete class assignments on time.

High school students still need parents and our MYC team provides the nurturing these students need while away from home. Dorm parents, residential assistants and supervisors all share in this responsibility.

As dorm parents, it was our desire to create a "family-away-from-family," and we have seen the strength of our "family" grow by having lunch and dinner with our students each day. This initially proved to be very helpful in learning each of their names. At first there was a definite division between girls and boys; they had meals at separate tables and rarely talked with each other. Now they mingle together, laugh and enjoy each other's company, assist each other in studies and school projects, and interact more like brothers and sisters. This has provided a great family environment for students to feel safe and comfortable.

Mealtime has presented a great time to talk with them about issues they are dealing with. Sometimes they come to mealtime in tears about the results of a test, frustrated over a difficult class assignment, and upset over difficulties they are having with a friend. They have even come with heavy burdens of strife and conflict going on at home. It has given us the chance to lend a listening ear, offer encouragement and support to them and most important to pray with them. We've also had many opportunities to talk about spiritual matters as well. On two such occasions, we've been able to lead two young people to Jesus - right across the dinner table. Sharing meals with them has been a way for us to show that we care about them and spending time with them is important to us.

Every evening our students gather with their supervisors for devotion time. Each of the students is given an opportunity to bring devotions for the group. This is a valuable learning experience for them to study God's word and prepare a meaningful devotion and then present it. They pray together, and for some of them, this is a new experience. They've learned to trust each other and we believe their devotion and prayer time together has contributed to that.

After a busy week of classes and homework, students, supervisors and dorm parents gather together on Friday night for a time of worship and Bible study. Our students are learning leadership skills by leading worship, both vocally and instrumentally, participating in the reading of scripture and often participating in group discussions. God's word promises never to return void and since July, we've seen evidence of this as ten students have come to know Christ and are being discipled through a Bible study for new believers.

Together our team plans activities for Saturday. Each team member plans an activity and acts as point person to supervise and implement their event.

For the students who remain on campus over the weekend, these activities have included movies, pizza and games, cooking, and sporting events such as swimming, basketball, and volleyball.

Once a month, however, all students are required to stay on campus until Noon for a monthly activity. These activities are more significant because they all involve team building. We've accomplished the following team-building activities:

1. Group Competition: Students were divided into five groups and sent to five different campus locations where they were required to work together for a common goal. As they finished each assignment, they rotated to the next station. For their last group activity, each group was given the same items and had to work together to construct a product that produced the same result. The purpose of this activity was to teach cooperation, goal setting, creativity, problem solving, team building and persistence.

2. We planned an outing to visit the Mekar Lestari orphanage in BSD City for the purpose of exposing our students to children less fortunate. These children were ages 0 to 9 1/2 years and have never lived in a family setting. Our students provided all the leadership and oversaw the different activities planned. They started by leading the children in a couple of songs. Then they divided up and led group activities that included coloring, spinning tops, playing ball, and playing soccer. They concluded our time together with an evangelistic presentation of the wordless, picture-less story of salvation. Our boys put on a sock puppet show with the Bible story of David and Goliath. They actually made the sock puppets and the children were delighted with the show. It was very rewarding to observe our students loving these children; the children were hanging all over our students and they loved their attention. We accomplished more than we set out to because not only did the orphans feel loved by our students, our students left with a greater appreciation for their own families. Our students want to know when we can go back.

3. Man to Man and Woman to Woman: Courtship, Marriage and Sex

For our time together, the boys met with Mr. Harry and the girls met with

Ms. CeCi. Our purpose for this presentation was to teach God's perspective and biblical concepts of courtship versus dating, the importance of choosing a Christian mate, the secrets of making a marriage last, and the boundaries that God sets prior to marriage. This is particularly relevant to equip them for the journey that lies directly ahead of them.

Hands down, the shining star of our program is our supervisors and resident assistants. The selection of these young adults has been KEY to the success of the MYC dorm life. They are the cream of the crop. Our students walked into the lives of these supervisors unknown and were accepted by them as younger brothers and sisters. Their authority in the dorm has never been questioned. These young leaders constantly sacrifice their time and energy to nurture and guide these young people. They stay up late caring for sick students; counsel them when they need direction; wrap their arms around them when they need a shoulder to cry on; talk about their relationships with God; and practices a little tough love when necessary. They have created a safe haven where our students feel loved and are not afraid to be transparent. These leaders are imitators of Christ, giving off a sweet fragrance before these young people. It is very encouraging as dorm parents to observe the care and devotion our supervisors have for their students. They are godly role models.

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