These photos are from today, so they are out of sequence with the rest of them, but I thought I would just go ahead and post them. I spent several hours today at the Singapore Botanic Garden. The last time I was there, I was in a boot recovering from a broken leg, so I was limited in how much I could see. This time I think I just about saw everything. The Botanic Garden is quite extensive, and the "jewel" is the National Orchid Garden. I would recommend just hitting the "Show Slideshow" link and allow the photos to go in sequence automatically.
After lunch today (Saturday), I took a walk around the area near the hotel where I am staying. The hotel is down a short side street with a Chinese neighborhood on one side, and a large shopping mall on the other. This is the same hotel where I stayed with the Trinity students last June--and I presume we will be back here again this coming June.
On Tuesday, March 1, the Rev. Henok Hariyanto and his wife, Kamty, took me on a 90 minute boat ride to the island of Tanjung Balai Karimun, which is in the Riau Islands just south of Singapore. I estimate the distance to have been about 30 miles away--if not a little further. The route took us on a portion of the Straits of Malacca, one of the most historically contested waterways. We visited Grace Anglican Church there, which is under the direction of Karen Choo, who is from Singapore. She has been on the island for five years pastoring the church. The main congregation is mostly Chinese who speak Hokkien or Zhuzhou, I believe. The youth, though, have their own service in Bahasa Indonesian.
The Rev. Aidan Smith, Manager of Extension Partnerships, and the Rev. Canon Dr. John Macdonald, the Director of the Stanway Institute, traveled to Tanzania in January 2016. They were met by current student, the Rev. Phocas Nshimiyimana, who is from Tanzania. The purpose of the trip was to explore the possibility of establishing partnerships with St. Philip's Theological College in Kongwa and St. John's University's School of Theology in Dodoma. Both visits were very positive and successful, and we are thankful for the hospitality we received.
In July 2014, the Stanway Institute led a group of students on a Mission Discipleship Trip to Singapore and Indonesia at the invitation of the Rev. Dr. Timothy Chong, Dean of Indonesia. The Team traveled to Batam, Indonesia, to work with Muslim background slum children and then traveled to West Timor and the towns of Soe and Niki Niki to work with rural poor Christian background children. The trip finished with an overnight in Bali to see the Hindu influence there--and then several days in Singapore to learn more about the Diocese of Singapore.