For four years, my ministry was in the Good Shepherd School Foundation or Yayasan Gembala Baik. This Foundation serves 3 unit schools in 3 levels: Kindergarten, Basic school and Primary school). Since 2017 I have been working in Economic Justice Indonesia (Ecojindo) RGS Indonesia. I am a member of the Jakarta Community, living with 5 other sisters.
I am Indonesian. After I joined the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, I was sent to our mission in Ethiopia, from 1997-2006. From there, I went to Europe where I worked with the fair trade company run by the Sisters in Europe, called Sharing Fair (2006-2008). Sharing Fair markets products made by women in Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and many other countries, giving a fair price to the producers.
In 2008 I returned to Indonesia, to Marau. Our focus there was to prevent illegal migration and trafficking. We offered programmes as opportunities of empowerment: awareness programmes, skill training, and income generating activities.
Now, in Jakarta, I am blessed to meet different people such as teachers, workers, administrators and security personnel and recognize them as Mission Partners.
At this time we are in the process of adaptation as we learn to recognize the value of our working together in Partnership in the area of educational services. We are searching for ways to explore deeper our calling as Good Shepherd Mission Partners. We hope to influence the students and their parents to appreciate that ‘a person is more valuable than the whole world.’
In my journey I meet city women and children, and encounter the uniqueness of their lived experiences. Some of them have invited me to face the world with a faith which balances reflection and action. This is especially true when we meet the people who live on the margins of our society - economically or because of communication failures.
Care for nature and the environment is one of our major programs. This is in line with the vision of the Diocese and the Government plan.
In Flores, Indonesia the sisters work with women who are migrants or at risk of being trafficked. In Indonesia Fashion Week, their handwoven fabrics based on traditional designs were incorporated into the production of high quality fashion
In September a tsunami was triggered by a powerful earthquake which hit the Indonesian city of Palu on Sulawesi Island. A Good Shepherd group travelled to Palu to offer support to the work of aid organisations
The story of cross border sharing of resources, province discernment, strategic planning and willingness to risk for the sake of Mission
Comprehensive overview from the GSAPP team - how Good Shepherd Partnership for Mission is developing in this region