Sunday, October 24, 2004

Lately



This photo of Melody in quiet contemplation is designed to attract your attention to the new photos on the .Mac Photo Page (link to the right). Most are from our most recent visit to Singapore along with few more tasty bonuses from Manado life, for contrast.

Also I would like to call your attention to our most recently added Blog: Project Samaria. In it you will read about our dear friends Shane and Dianne (our former Pastor and his wife), Taylor, Allie, (their children) and Sweetie (their dog). They recently moved to Slovakia to work with the Romany people (aka Gypsies) who are just as shunned, stereotyped and despised as they have ever been, not unlike the Samaritans of the first century. They are a part of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and we are proud to have shared a church home, ministry, and many many good meals with them. Shane, in particular, is one of the most independant thinkers I know (though he may chafe at the characterization). Those who enjoy having your particular take on things gently stretched in different directions should give Project Samaria a look.

For those of you who are wondering, I, Matt, am still alive and thinking though I'm letting my thoughts cement a bit more before I try to offer them up to you, our loyal and patient readership. I'm reading a great book (Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples by V.S. Naipaul) that's helping me think through the role of religion in general and now, particularly Islam, in Indonesia. For now, content yourself with this question: at what point does submission to authority (of Government, God or otherwise) become learned helplessness? Talk amongst yourselves.

I'll talk to you soon.
Matt

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

great pictures especally the picture of the stream with the tree.....oh and nice minus the bear reference

catch you's later


jpa

Viator said...

Just so you know we're looking. Vera, vera nice. What, may I ask, was Mrs. Lumpkin contemplating so contemplatively?

It's 19:52 in the good ol' US of A, and though I don't work Sat. nights, I'm once again at The Edge sound board. The latest installment of the Icebox Radio Theater is here and now (check it out at www.storiesonmp3.com), and I'm engineering as well as acting. Lots of fun. Good night everyone!

Adam said...

hey guys! yes, melody, i am seriously pursuing the whole acting thing. it's a trip! that would be awesome to be able to go to Indo. it's a possibility if i get the chevy commercial, but we'll have to see. we are in so much debt because of my education and pursuit of acting that the Chevy commercial would probably just get us back on our feet more than anything. man...that would be so cool to go there though!!! but we want to go to europe too because we've never been! ARGH!!! lol
yes, please tell sonia and everyone that we said "Hi" and "apa kabar"!

Anonymous said...

surprise! I got a package from you in the mail today! thank you. what a wonderfully funny thing.

Joy said...

Warning! Not-clever-segue Alert!

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SPEAKING OF PACKAGES, has anything come for you guys? A wee little box with wee little goodies inside? I'm starting to get worried about that puppy . . .

M. Lumpkin said...

Not yet. We think that the post office has it but they're keeping banker's hours because of Ramadan and we don't get off in time to go down and haras them. As for the puppy... they eat dog here.

Matt

matt cleveland said...

hey guys hope everything is going well and appendages are returning to normal color and girth...hope you're enjoying the tunes...and, oh yeah...BEWARE THE HOMO FLORESIENSIS (or FLORES MEN)!

Anonymous said...

whoops i meant dianogah not minus the bear i SWEAR!!!


hehe good stuff anyway...


jpa

M. Lumpkin said...

whew. Glad we cleared that up. :) You had me doubting my iTunes Playlist (frankly I trust you more, JP). I listened to the track and was beginning to hear a Minus the Bear instrumental track...

I'm working on some more computer music these days... perhaps I'll send some your way (actually I think Jason already has one track). Anyway, thanks for reading.

Pepsica said...

Matt and Mel,
I've visited your e-home a few times but have been too lazy to comment much. However, this lovely photo demands commenting. I can't decide if it is beckoning or simply tranquil. Are you much into food photography? You see, in order to really get a feel for a country it is imperative that one knows something of the cuisine and pictures do wonders. I was in Thailand this summer and couldn't resist getting a shot of my pyramidal mound of rice with one cilantro leaf on top--nice presentation for a 50 cent meal.

Anonymous said...

cool, i'd like to hear it


jpa

Anonymous said...

Blessings on you, mine friends!
Now when I take to the woods for to make manly and drop me a deer, I'll do so not only in safety, but in style!

Had I but cash enough (there's time)
My comp'ny, Lumpkins, would be thine.

But like Hercule Poirot, I have my little ways, so we shall simply have to see . . .

Affectionately,
Coquettish