Introducing Riding Java

motovlog from Java, Indonesia

My family and I recently moved from Moab, UT to the city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia on the island of Java.

I’m so excited to be able to share this experience with you as we ride together.

Before I tell you a little bit about Indonesia and what Riding Java is all about I want to thank a few of the guys who have inspired me to glue a camera on my helmet and ride around talking to myself, motovloging. So, here is a great big thank you to:

Thank you for the inspiration you give to newbie motovloggers like myself.

Alright, so, where in the world is Indonesia and what is Riding Java all about? I’m so glad you asked!

Indonesia is located in Southeast Asia. It is made up of about 17,000 islands that stretch out along the equator for about 3000 miles in between Australia and China. 5000-6000 of those islands are inhabited. There are hundreds of different local languages spoken here, but, thankfully the country is unified by their national language, Bahasa Indonesia. Indonesia is the fourth most populated country in the world. China is number one, India is number two, the USA is number three and Indonesia comes in number four with about 240 million people living here. It is also the worlds largest Muslim nation with about 88% of the population being Muslim.

Indonesia is an amazing place to live and an amazing place to ride.

As we ride together we’ll talk about all kinds of different things. We’ll talk about

  • Travel
  • Culture
  • Food
  • Life
  • And of course, Riding

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How To Pray, Part 1 | Clothing, Location And Posture

We’re living and working in Indonesia, a nation that puts great emphasis on prayer. We are reminded of it six times a day when we hear the “call to prayer” sounded from loud speakers all around the city. In this country how, when and where one prays is important.

Prayer on Knees

In American “church” culture we can see some interesting traditions as well. Some groups pray to crucifixes, statues of Mary or other saints and kneel for certain prayers. Others seem to think praying in a ‘church’ building is more special than other places.

The Bible says that, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17). Prayer is definitely a good work, so lets see what the Bible has to say about it.

Obviously, this will not be a complete list, it is a blog post not a doctoral dissertation, so please add your comments in the comment section.

Proper clothing for prayer. We can observe some religious groups prescribing certain clothes for men and/or women to wear when they come to God in prayer. But, in the Bible we see people wearing a variety of clothing types when praying.

  • Dirty bloody clothing and chains (Acts 16:25)
  • Work clothes (Neh 2:4-5)
  • Sweaty military clothing (1 Chr 5:20)
  • Probably everyday clothes (Luke 6:12-13)

For a thorough study of the head covering see Kevin Moore’s five part series titled Female Head-coverings in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16.

While there is no prescribed special clothing that we must wear in prayer there are, of course, other principles found in Scripture that would govern the clothing we wear in prayer. For example, the principle of modesty should tell us that we should dress appropriate for the location we are at.

Location for prayer. For some groups a certain location and/or direction is important when praying. However, when we look at the Bible we see just about any location conceivable being used as a place of prayer. We see people praying in the following locations just to name a few.

  • Outside in a garden (Mat 26:36)
  • On the beach (Acts 21:5)
  • In a house (Acts 12:12)
  • On the battlefield (1 Chr 5:20)
  • At work (Neh 2:4-5)
  • In jail (Acts 16:25)

If we are to pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5:17) then any place we find ourselves is an appropriate place to pray.

Body posture in prayer. For some groups body position is very important. They even have prescribed postures at certain points of their prayers. Others may seem to think that raising their hands is more spiritual than other body positions. In the Bible we see the following body positions used in prayer.

  • Standing (1 Sam 1:26; Matt 6:5; Mark 11:25; Luke 18:11,13)
  • Standing bowing the head, while striking the breast (Luke 18:13)
  • Hands spread out and/or lifted heavenward (1 Kings 8:22-23; Neh 8:6)
  • Bowing the head (Neh 8:6)
  • Bowing the head, with face between the knees (1 Kings 18:42)
  • Lifting eyes heavenward (John 11:41; 17:1)
  • Kneeling (Dan 6:10; Luke 22:41; Acts 9:40, 20:36, 21:5; Eph 3:14)
  • Face on ground (Matt 26:39; Mark 14:35)

Hendriksen and Kistemaker have done an interesting job of interpreting the significance of some of the various body positions found in the Bible. Get their commentary here.

Brother Kevin Moore also has an excellent article on the subject of raising hands. Read it here.

When we read the Bible and use it as our only guide, it becomes clear that there is no prescribed special clothing, location, or posture that a New Testament Christian must follow when praying.

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4 Ways God Answers Prayers

Prayer

As we were preparing to come to Indonesia there were many different steps we had to take to get here. For example, we had to get our visas, find a sponsoring congregation and raise the support, to name a few. As each step was accomplished it seemed like someone would say that it was an answer to prayer. It was… but what if we didn’t raise the support or get our visas, would that still be an answer to prayer?

Oftentimes it seems that if we don’t get what we request from God there is no praise given to Him. It is as if we think He either didn’t hear us or didn’t answer us. However, just because we don’t receive what we ask for when we ask for it, that doesn’t mean that God did not answer our prayers. This is because there are at least four ways God answers prayers.

1. Sometimes God says, “Yes.” This is most likely to happen when we put His kingdom and His righteousness first in our lives (Matt 6:33; cf. Pro 3:5-10), make our request according to His will (1 John 5:14) and live our lives according to the Bible (1 John 3:22; Isa 59:1-2).

Lets look at Paul as an example. While he was in custody in Rome he wrote and asked the Christians in Colossae to pray for opportunities to preach (Col 4:3) and the the Ephesians to pray for boldness (Eph 6:18-20).

Paul then stayed two years in custody in Rome preaching and teaching boldly (Acts 28:30-31) with the result that even people in Caesar’s household were converted (Phil 4:22).

That is an amazing “yes” answer to prayer. But look at Paul’s life. He definitely put the kingdom and God’s righteousness first, asked according to God’s will and lived the best he could according to the Scriptures.

2. Sometimes God says, “Yes, but wait.” A great example of this is found in John 11. There we find that Lazarus was very sick so his sisters sent for Jesus, assuming that He would heal him (John 11:1-3, 21, 32). However, Jesus didn’t come right away, instead He waited for Lazarus to die (John 11:4-16). The sisters did not know what Jesus was planning and had basically thought He had said “no” to their request (John 11:17-37). But, Jesus actually said, “Yes, but wait” (John 11:38-44). He did more than just heal Lazarus, He raised him from the dead.

Why did Jesus say, “Yes, but wait”? Because it was better for Him and His plan to save mankind (John 11:15, 41-42).

When you think God may be saying, “Yes, but wait” make sure that you are putting Him first in your life (Matt 6:33), asking according to His will (1 John 5:14) and keeping His commandments (1 John 3:22). Also remember that there may be a very good reason He is having you wait. Be patient.

3. Sometimes God says, “Yes, but not as you expect.” Take Paul as an example again. Paul planned to go and preach in Rome (Rom 1:15; 15:24-26; Acts 19:21). We know Paul was a man of prayer (Eph 6:18; Col 4:2; 1 Thes 5:17). Yet his plans to go to Rome didn’t turn out just like he had planned. Rather than dropping off the collection and heading for Rome he was arrested and spent two years in jail before he was transported to Rome as a prisoner, suffering shipwreck and a viper bite along the way (Acts 21:27-28:31).

Sometimes God answers our request differently than we may anticipate. For example, if we ask God for strength and perseverance He may give us trials to bear like He did the Philippians (Phil 1:29-30). Trials which in turn will develop the virtues we prayed for (Rom 5:3-4, James 1:2-3).

4. Sometimes God says, “No.” One last time we turn to Paul as an example. He had asked God three times to take away his thorn in the flesh (2 Cor 12:8). Obviously, God said, “No” (2 Cor 12:9). But, like when God says “wait” there was a good reason. In Paul’s case, God said “No” because that was what was best for Paul and for God’s plan (2 Cor 12:7, 9).

So, when we don’t get what we ask for from God what should we do? Make sure we are right with Him (Matt 6:33; 1 John 5:14; 1 John 3:22; Isa 59:1-2), knowing that He wants what is best for us and that all will work together for our good (Rom 8:28).

Question: How has God has answered one of your prayers in an unexpected way? You may leave a comment by clicking here.

 

4 Reasons Why DropBox Is The Best!

Dropbox messy desk

Dropbox is a free file hosting service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Any file you save to Dropbox also instantly saves to your computers, phones, and the Dropbox website.

Their free service starts at 2 GB and can be increased up to 18 GB, with referrals.

If that is not enough storage for you you can purchase their Pro accounts with up to 500 GB of storage or their Business account which starts at 1 TB for 5 users.

So, here are my 4 reasons why I think Dropbox is the best.

1. My files are always available and always synced on all my devises and on the Dropbox website. Dropbox even works offline so I always have my files, whether or not I have a connection. Dropbox works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android, and Blackberry so no matter what device I have access to I also have access to my documents, photos and videos.

2. I can share my files with anyone simply. By sharing folders with friends, family or teammates we can work together on the same projects and documents. I can even see their changes instantly. I can also create photo galleries viewable by anyone I choose. With Dropbox I can send a link by email to any file or folder in my Dropbox or add links on my own blog to Dropbox files.

3. Many mobile apps can upload to and sync with Dropbox. I can bring my files with me on the go and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents with Documents To Go on my iPhone. I also upload scanned documents using Scanner Pro. Of course edits to MS documents and scanned documents are instantly available on my computer.

4. All my stuff is safe on Dropbox. Dropbox protects my files without me needing to think about it. If my computer crashed and I dropped my phone in the toilet my files are still safe on the Dropbox server. They even keep a one-month history of my work. Any changes can be undone, and files can be undeleted.This is all done with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and AES-256 bit encryption.

Dropbox is an excellent tool for keeping my files, photos and videos with me wherever I go. If you would like to try Dropbox I would appreciate you helping me get the 18GB maximum storage space by following this link to sign up.

Question: What others services would you recommend over Dropbox? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

10 Books on “How to Study the Bible” Worth Checking Out

When we want to learn how to invest in the stock market, hunt desert cotton tail rabbits or start a web based business, we often buy a book that will teach us how to do it. Learning how to properly understand the Bible and apply it to our lives is no different. If you are not familiar with science of studying literature, particularly the Bible, you may want to grab a book or two on how to study the Bible.

Marked Bible

Books on how to study the Bible explain the process of Bible study. Some of them are very technical and theoretical while others are extremely practical. I have personally read every one of the books listed below. Most of them are saying basically the same thing just presenting it in a different style, order and levels of detail. However, you should be aware that some of them have an improper view of the role of the Holy Spirit in Bible study. I consider all of them practical books that can be used by anyone. Some are so practical that they even have workbooks available to take you through the exercises step by step.

There are other great books on the subject but I tried to limit my recommendation to only practical books. (*) indicates that to the best on my knowledge these are brotherhood books.

Recommendations:

Question: What other books would you recommend? You can leave a comment by clicking here

8 Bible Study Tools You Should Invest In

Just like with any task we are going to do, whether it is rebuilding an engine, baking cookies, or studying the Bible, there are certain tools we need. Some of those tools are absolutely necessary, like a Bible. Others, while not necessary, will make the job much easier and make us more efficient. In this post we will look at several of those tools.

An Exhaustive Concordance
Most Bibles have a concordance in the back of them. However, because of limited space there are a limited number of references included in them. An exhaustive concordance lists every time every word is used in the English Bible and tells you what verse it is located in.

This can be especially helpful if you can’t remember a particular verse reverence. If you can remember at least one word from the verse you can look it up and find its reference. For example, lets say I can’t remember where in the Bible it says that we should “mortify our members.” I could easily look up the word “mortify” in an exhaustive concordance and find the reference.

Tools

Most English translations have an exhaustive concordance that you can buy separately. It is important that you use the exhaustive concordance that matches the version you are using to study from. For example, if you are using the KJV to study from you need to use the KJV exhaustive concordance.

An exhaustive concordance is also helpful in word studies since it links every English word to the word it is translated from in the original language with a corresponding number (Strong’s Number) and a brief definition.

The ability to search for specific words in the Bible is also available with any basic Bible study software, phone app and on many websites.

Recommendations:

 

The Englishmen’s Greek Concordance of the New Testament
The Englishmen’s Greek Concordance of the Greek New Testament takes concordance work to the next level. Just like an English concordance which lists every English word in the English Bible, this concordance lists every Greek word used in the Greek New Testament and gives the references where it is found. This can be helpful in word studies because it will show you how a particular Greek word is translated differently in different verses.

Recommendations:

 

Bible Handbooks

A Bible Handbook is a companion to Bible reading. It is arranged in the order of the Bible and is designed to be read along with the Bible. It will provide you with an overview of the book you are reading, along with valuable background information, photos, illustrations, charts and tables.

Recommendation:

 

Topical Index
A Topical Index groups scripture references together according to general topics (i.e. Baptism, Capital Punishment, Salvation, Witchcraft, etc). A Topical Index can be very helpful when doing a topical study. You should be aware that the verses selected to be included for a particular topic may be influenced by the compilers theological bias. So, be aware and make sure the verses listed actually apply to that topic.

The Topical Indexes I recommend are available in print and on basic Bible Study Software or online.

Recommendations:

  • Nave’s Topical Bible
  • R. A. Torrey’s New Topical Textbook
  • Thompson Chain Topics

 

Bible Dictionaries

Bible Dictionaries will help you more fully understand biblical words than a modern dictionary will. This is because many words used in the Bible are not in common use today and some may have changed meaning over the centuries. Some of these words might include; repentance, phylacteries, cubit, cherubim and dropsy. Remember a Bible Dictionary can be very helpful, but again, definitions can be influenced by the theological bias of the authors. So, be aware and make sure to check the context.

Recommendations:

  • Easton’s Bible Dictionary
  • Smith’s Bible Dictionary
  • New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
  • Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
  • Harper’s Bible Dictionary
  • Eerdman’s Dictionary of the Bible

 

Bible Encyclopedias

Bible Encyclopedias are similar to a dictionary but have much more in depth explanations for each entry. They will often include the historical and cultural background as well. They are usually multiple volumes.

Recommendations:

  • International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (4 volumes)
  • Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (4 Volumes)
  • Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible (5 volumes)

 

Lexicons
Lexicon is just a fancy word for foreign language dictionary. These dictionaries are designed for people who either don’t know or know very little of the original language of the Bible but still want to go a little deeper in their word studies. They are usually keyed to Strong’s Numbers. Many of these recourses are available in print, in basic bible software or online.

Recommendations:

  • Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, With Greek and Hebrew Dictionary
  • Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Coded with Strong’s Concordance Numbers
  • A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, Third Edition
  • Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words: With Topical Index
  • Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon

 

Commentaries
Commentaries give the authors thoughts and interpretations on biblical text. They usually have helpful background information, some word studies and insightful applications. Again, as always, but even more so here, you must be cautious of the authors theological bias. It would be wise to stick with brotherhood commentaries as much as possible, at least at first until you have a better handle on interpreting Scripture. Commentaries are the last resource you should look at in your study. Your best work will be done through original investigation. Going straight to a commentary is kind of like cheating. (*) indicates that to the best of my knowledge this is a brotherhood commentary 

Recommendations:

  • The College Press NIV Commentary Series: New Testament (19 Volumes)*
  • The College Press NIV Commentary Series: Old Testament (16 Volumes)*
  • The Old Testament Survey Series (5 Volumes)*
  • Coffman’s Commentary Series (37 Volumes)*
  • The Fourfold Gospel and Commentary on Acts of Apostles*
  • The Truth for Today Commentary Series*
  • Gospel Advocate New Testament Commentaries*
  • Barnes’ New Testament Notes
  • Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible
  • C. H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David
  • Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

 

Bible Study Software
Computer Software
Every resource listed and hundreds more are all available in print form or on computer software for Mac, PC, IOS and Android. Some of this software is free while others aren’t.

The free computer software is usually made up of old public domain resources. These resources, while being old, still have much value to you as a student of the Bible.

There is also premium Bible software available but it can be quite expensive. However, with premium Bible software you will be receiving the latest recourses and Biblical scholarship available. Plus, it will contain many advanced features that the free software is lacking.

Buying a bundled package of the premium software will be hundreds if not thousands of dollars less expensive than it would be to buy each book included in that package individually in its printed form.

Recommendations:

Logos is the worlds best Bible study software and it also has a price tag to match its quality. They truly believe in the saying you get what you pay for. I have been using it for years and love it!

Question: What are some of your favorite tools in your Bible study toolkit? You can leave a comment by clicking here

 

Why You Should Have More Than One Bible

Stack-of-BiblesAs mentioned in an earlier post, the Bible was originally written in Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek. That means you will be relying on a translation of the Bible, unless you can read the original languages. However, as the saying goes, there is more than one way to skin a cat and, as anyone who has studied languages knows, there is more than one way to translate any given sentence.

While you will need a primary Bible you will also want to have a couple of other versions to use for comparative study. Sometimes the wording in one translation may be difficult for you to understand while another translation may clear it up. For example compare Colossians 3:5 in the following translations.

My Literal Translation
You all kill, therefore, the members on the earth, fornication, uncleanness, passion, desire evil, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

King James Version (KJV)
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

English Standard Version (ESV)
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.

New Living Translation (NLT)
So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

The Message

And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy.

From the above comparison, you can see that there is quite a difference between the different versions. Some add a lot to the text while others may be harder to understand. In this particular verse the ESV seems to strike the best balance between literalness and readability.

If you were using the KJV as your primary study Bible and had a hard time understanding what “mortify” meant in this context, after reading a couple of other versions you could be sure that it meant “put to death/kill”.

Notice that the NASB changed the main verb from “kill” to “consider.” In my opinion this is an interpretation not a translation.

As you can see from this one example, comparing translations of the Bible can be very helpful in trying to understand what a difficult verse is getting at.

Recommendations:

  • Go cheap when buying Bibles for comparison.
  • I would not worry too much about the quality of the binding and cover of these Bibles since they will mostly stay in one place. Standard pew Bibles will work just fine.
  • Of course, if you study near your computer, tablet or smart phone you could easily and quickly use the internet or a Bible app to help with comparing different translations.

Question: Which Bible translation do you like to use for comparison and why? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

How To Choose The Best Bible For You

To study the Bible the first thing you will need is, a Bible. I know that is obvious, but with so many different Bibles available, which one should you choose as your primary study Bible for daily reading, memorization and for teaching and preaching from? Should you get a King James Version (KJV)? An American Standard Version (ASV)? How about the New American Standard Bible (NASB) or the English Standard Version (ESV)? What about the New International Version (NIV) and the New Living Translation (NLT)? It can be confusing trying to decide which one you want to spend your hard earned money on.

King-James-Bible

First choose a Bible Translation
Since the Bible was originally written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek you will be relying on a translation of the Bible, unless you can read the original languages. So the first thing you should decide on is which translation to get.

Bible Scale

Not all Bible translations are created equal. They range from more literal (word for word) translations such as the KJV and ASV to more paraphrased versions such as The Message. The chart below illustrates where each translation fits in this spectrum.

Choose a more literal translation
For serious Bible study you will want to choose a more literal translation. This is because you are trying to find out what God actually says rather than what the translators interpreted Him to mean. As you develop your skills, you will be able to determine for yourself what God meant. However, you wont be able to do that if the translators have obscured what God actually said.

Choose a modern translation
You will also probably want to select a translation that uses modern English. The KJV and ASV, while being excellent Bibles and very literal, can be difficult to understand for people who are not accustomed to the archaic language used in them. In fact, sometimes they can be down right confusing. Some of the words and phrases used in those translations have changed meaning since they were translated. This is especially true for the King James Version.

Below are a few examples. Hover your mouse over the scripture reference to read it in the English Standard version.

  • Genesis 43:25, KJV: “And they made ready the present against Joseph came at noon.”
  • Exodus 19:18, KJV: “And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke.”
  • 1 Samuel 5:12, KJV: “And the men that died not were smitten with the emerods.”
  • Psalm 5:6, KJV: “Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing.”
  • Luke 17:9, KJV: “Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.”
  • 2 Corinthians 8:1, KJV: “Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia.”
  • James 2:3, KJV: “And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing.”
  • James 5:11, KJV: “The Lord is very pitiful.”

As my primary Bible I am currently using the English Standard Version (ESV) Classic Reference Bible but I would also recommend the NASB and the NKJV as good choices for your primary Bible.

Choose a Bible that is easy to read, has a sewn binding and does not have commentary notes
Once you have decided on a translation, you will next need to decide on a format. Do you want a traditional double column format with center column references? Maybe you want one with no references or footnotes. Maybe a single column Bible with side column references. It is up to you.

The binding of your Bible is also important to consider. Bibles with a glued binding don’t usually lay open on a table top easily and often fall apart quickly. A sewn binding will usually cost more but you will appreciate it down the road when all your pages are still there. A genuine leather cover will also last significantly longer than a bonded leather cover. This is something that you will be using daily for may years. Get one that will last.

I would avoid a “Study Bible” with extra comments and notes at the bottom of every page. They may be helpful in your study but not a great choice in a primary Bible. It is too tempting to just look at the notes when we get stuck and accept what the publisher says the verse means rather than doing our own work and figuring it out the hard way.

Recommendation:
ESV New Classic Reference Bible (Black)

What about e-books and Apps?
E-books and Bible apps new comers to the Bible study scene. If this is how you would rather read and study a book, more power to you. Personally, I enjoy doing my daily reading on my iPad Mini using an app that reads aloud to me as I read along. However, I would still recommend that your primary Bible be a print addition.

If you do choose to use an iPad or other tablet be aware that they can be distracting to others if you use it in worship. Also, if you like to read at a coffee shop or in the break room at work nothing beats reading from a print version. Since a printed Bible is distinctive, others will know that you are reading the Bible and not just watching Youtube or playing Angry Birds. You might be surprised at the number of people who start up a conversation with you because they see you reading your Bible. It is more difficult to let your light shine in this way while reading on a tablet or phone.

Question: Which Bible would you recommend and why? Please be specific. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Helping Indonesia’s Street Children

Street Children Jakarta

As Indonesia’s economy continues to grow there is a large segment of the population being left behind. Among those are Indonesia’s street children. Children who suffer from violence, sexual abuse, exploitation and discrimination.

Street Children Jakarta

There are officially over 200,000 children living and working on the streets of Indonesia. However, the real number of children is estimated to be much higher.

When we lived in Jakarta (2008) it was very common to see children as young as 3-4 years old walking among the traffic begging from cars and motorcycles stopped at stoplights. Pre-teens would often sing and play guitars on public transportation trying to earn enough to eat. Mothers with babies still in the sling would beg in the hot sun. Most of these children did not choose this life but are victims of extreme poverty.

3 reasons why these children are on the streets

  1. Some are abandoned by their parents because of their extreme poverty. They simply can’t afford to feed them any longer.
  2. Some of the children still live with their parents but have to work the streets to help support the family. In many cases the whole family for several generations has lived on the streets.
  3. Others because of a lack of supervision end up leaving home to live on the streets.

Street children face many dangers

  1. Most are unable to attend school and will be trapped in this lifestyle.
  2. They are abused and bullied by adults and older children into paying for protection.
  3. When they seek shelter from adults they expose themselves to physical and sexual assault. Recently a man was arrested for rapping and murdering 14 young boys.
  4. HIV/AIDS is high among the street children because of sexual exploitation.
  5. They often become addicted to cigarettes and sniffing glue.
  6. They have no access to the government healthcare system because they have no permanent address and therefore no identification.

The government wants to get these children off the streets, but so far they have been unsuccessful.

In this video, 101East addresses the complex issues surrounding Indonesia’s increasing number of street children and asks who is protecting them?

In answer to their question Daniel Setiabudi, Steve Cate, and their supporters are doing as much as they can to help these kids. Please check out their ministry at Kids of Indonesia (KOI) and consider supporting them.