I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1948 during the Dutch colonial times, and lived there from 1948 to 1957. My parents and 5 children fled Indonesia in November 1957 and arrived in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in the middle of winter in November 1957. We lived and were treated like refugees, even though we were Dutch citizens living in Indonesia, and treated like minorities. My parents then decided to immigrate to USA, it took them 2 years with interrogations, interviews and a sponsorship from United Methodist Church in Oregon City, Oregon, we arrived by ship from Rotterdam to New York in November 1961. My parents and 6 children now had to travel by train to Portland, Oregon and after a week we arrived at the train station and settled in Oregon City, OR. I graduated from Oregon City High School in 1966 and went on a soccer scholarship to Lewis & Clark College. I ended up becoming a professional guitar player instead and played for many years. I had a number of small businesses, from catering, restaurants, construction to a mortgage business, and then as one of the first daytraders in 1997, I became VP of Online Trading Academy teaching thousands of others how to do live daytrading. I retired in 2000 and for 2 years did some research, volunteering at my church and after my pastor Rick Warren wrote the best seller "The Purpose Driven Life" in 2003, I started doing Purpose Driven Life seminars in Indonesia August and September 2004. On January 3, 2005 I got the call that would change our lives (my wife Louise and I) and flip it upside down. I was asked to lead tsunami relief teams and help there, so I arrived in this devastated area of Aceh province, Sumatra, in first week of January 2005, less than 2 weeks after the earthquake/tsunami took over 285,000 lives and destroyed 90+ miles of coastline. Needless to say, the worst thing I have ever experienced in my entire life, and after cleanup we started rebuilding and reconstruction of the area. My wife Louise joined me 6 months later, and when my contract with the church ended a year later, we started a small handbag factory and training center with 12 women, all tsunami survivors. My wife started with $ 200 and a home party with 20 of her friends, and so Laga Handbags was started August 2006. Today we have over 400 making these beautiful handmade handbags and accessories and we give all of our profits back to helping more.