I came from a Moslem family, and I joined the Congregation of the Good Shepherd Sisters in 1980 when I was 22 years old. My experience of working with the poor in the villages in central Java matched with the spirituality of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. Also, a priest who knows me well recommended this Congregation to me.
Now I have been a sister for more than 35 years. My recent apostolate is working for women and children, especially those who are trafficked and migrate.
Encountering the women and children reminds me of St. Mary Euphrasia’s vision to help the black girls in Africa, some of whom were sold as slaves. Nowadays we find that so many women and girls from Indonesia are sold by cruel and greedy hands to be slaves or prostitutes in foreign countries. How often we met them in the mental hospital, because their past experiences working in foreign countries are very painful for them. There are big numbers of women or children who are physically handicapped because of torture they experienced in their work. Listening to their painful stories pushes me to go and meet with more women/children who are sold to be slaves or prostitutes.
How happy our Mother Foundress is in heaven, seeing us, her daughters, doing all that we can to save some of them.
“We commit ourselves to work zealously with women and children, especially those who are trafficked, forced to migrate or oppressed by abject poverty.”
Sisters of the Good Shepherd Direction Statement, 2009
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