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 marketed 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.
Then, 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). From 2017 I was working in Economic Justice Indonesia (Ecojindo) RGS Indonesia.
Now I am a member of the Bogor community. I offer counselling for the boarding girls, who study in our Vocational High School. I also take care of the garden in our compound. It was a pity to see some land which was unused, so the community agreed with my suggestion to transform the area to be green and productive of some food crops.
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 Partners-in-Mission. We hope to influence the people in our ministries to appreciate that ‘a person is more valuable than the whole world.’
Throughout my journey I have met city women and children, and encounter the uniqueness of their lived experiences. Some of them 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 a source of inspiration to me.
Sister Goretti Samosir describes initiatives taken in response to COVID-19 pandemic in recent weeks, including food distribution, personal volunteering and transforming unused land into a vegetable garden
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