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Table of Content
- The challenges and solution for child protection in Indonesia
- The Progress of Sunday School Children in Mentawai
- From the Meeting of Youth of GKPS and The Youth of Kirchen Kreis Hagen German
- Learn step by step and find a lot of similarities
- Yes.. Together we can be, Together we get power, Together we can change this world. Youth faith Camp of GBKP (CIMPA)
- Youth For Children Programme 2012: HKI – Kirchenkreis Hamm Partnership Strengthening
The challenges and solution for child protection in Indonesia
ARIST MERDEKA SIRAIT (Head of the Indonesian Child Protection Commission )
Since twenty three years ago exactly on November 20, 1989 the Assembly of United Nation (UN), has unanimously accepted and signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Children (Convention on the Rights of the Children-CRC). Therefore, almost all UN member of states in the world including Indonesia have been legally and politically bound to provide protection against children from all forms of abuse, neglect, discrimination and exploitation.
In the preamble of CRC, the commitment of the nation of the world have been laid out clearly including Indonesia, that the children should be fully prepared to live a private life among the society and brought up in the spirit of the ideals contained in the Charter of the United Nation and especially in the spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity.
CRC as a part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) proclaims that the rights of the children means that the rights which can not be seperated from human rights. CRC defines that a child is every human being below the age of eighteen years old, therefore all the nations of the world must and should recognize and respect the rights of the children as a part of the foundation in the fulfillment of their basic rights such as the rights to grow up and develop, life survival, protection rights and participation rights without any discrimination.
The Commitment of Indonesian Government
Actually Indonesia has demonstrated the passion and commitment to fulfill children’s rights without any discrimonation, it can be seen that after ten months of the UN Assembly (November 20, 1989) ratified CRC, Indonesia as the member of the UN, on August 1990 immediately ratified the CRC which means Indonesia declared its commitment as the state party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the children. This was followed by the signing of the Declaration of the High-Level Conference on Children (Children’s Summit) in New York, September 30, 1990 and the Declaration of Stochklom for the Action Agenda against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in 1996.
Indonesian government’s efforts in order to realize the protection for children in Indonesia long time before the ratification of the CRC has begun that was with the production of the law products such Regulation Number 6 of 1974 about the Basic Provisions of Child Welfare; Regulation Number 04 Year 1984 about the Elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW), Presidential Decree Number 129 of 1998 about the National Action Plan (NAP HR), Regulation Number 39 of 1999 on Ratification of ILO Convention Number 138 on the Minimum Age of Children allowed to work; Regulation number 23 of 2002 on the Protection of Children, and Regulation number 13 of 2003 concerning the employment.
From the many products of laws that have been produced certainly not over that the most exciting is when the Regulations against Children Protection has been legalized to be a legal product that is now expected to be used to provide protection against the children.
The Images of Children in Indonesia
From the many problems of children in Indonesia nowadays, what was written below is only a small part, but it is expected will be able to give a description about the magnitude of children’s problems in Indonesia observed both from the various and the level of seriousness of the problems experienced by the children in Indonesia.
The existence of such children labor for example is still became a major problem in Indonesia. Based on estimates of BPS, in 2010, founded 2.1 millions of children work in the bad situation (worst form). Approximately 50% of them work 35 hours a week. This numbers does not include children under the age of 10 years old. Generally they work on the kind of work that illegal and harmful for the children, such as fisheries industrial (jermal), mining, construction, transportation, chemical industry, and so on.
Thus also, the street children, their presence is not a new phenomenon in Indonesia. From the fact that can be seen by naked eyes or from a variety of sources can be concluded that the phenomenon of street children will continue to require the attention of the country. Estimated the number of street children which spreading out in 12 major cities in Indonesia are 239,861 and nationally are estimated for approximately 650,000 inhabitants.
According to the data and information collected by the National Committee for Child Protection that along the year of 2010 they received 1258 children complaints dealing with the law. This numbers are increased compared to the complaint in 2011. Nearly 52 percent of that number is theft cases followed by violence, rape, drugs, gambling, and abuse and 89.8 percent of cases of children in conflict with the law ended in convictions. The percentage of convictions is evidenced by the data of the child dealing with the Law in 16 prisons in Indonesia (Ministry of Justice and HR) found 5308 children languishing in jail. Only about 10 percent of children in conflict with the law are punishable acts which are returned to the Department of Social Services or the parents. This shows that the state especially the law enforcement is fail to implement Juvenile Justice Act, Child Protection Act and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Children.
Thus also with the problem of trafficked children (child trafficking) for the purpose of commercial sex are also quite large numbers. Admittedly, it is difficult to obtain a true description of the number of children trafficked for commercial sexual purposes. Several studies show that the number of child that have been prostitutes are quite a lot. From the data reported by various parties (the White Book of Binrehabsos, 200; Hull & Sulistyaningsih, 1998; and Farid, 1999), the number of children under 18 years old that have been prostituted estimated at 30% of the 80,000 souls which have been reported. The total amount estimated by Farid (1999) is 200-300 thousand people and most are women.
The Law Enforcement
It has been described above, a small part of the children problems in Indonesia, but certainly beyond that there are many other problems that also need to be addressed and the solutions sought such as the children who drop out of school, children who do not have birth certificates, child malnutrition, abduction, sale of babies, child victims of drugs, children with HIV/Aids and other forms of abuse.
In order of fulfillment, promotion, respect and protection of children’s rights as an integral part of human rights is became a commitment of all mankind in the world. Along with it, to measure and assess the extent of the country’s commitment against the protection of children’s rights then it should be done: first at the level of the state apparatus Executive (President and range), Legislative and also Judiciary takes a common policy which child perspective consistently. Support in the form of political pressure, creating budgets, and laws that are sensitive to the protection of children is absolutely necessary because only such that the enforcement, respect for and protection of the rights will be the shared ethical life which can be operated simultaneously and measured;
Second, response and concrete steps towards children in need of special protection should be optimized through the improvements or the accuracy of the data for example about the street children, children mistreated and sexually exploited children. Because the data existed now is still does not reflect the true population, because generally only comes from the studies that is not comprehensive so that led to the formulation of a policy interventions aimed to address the problem being not very precise. In addition to data problems, the government should also need to formulate the performance indicators in the implementation of policies and programs implementation aimed for the children who need special attention. It is important to have monitoring and evaluation the efforts that have been made, both the community and government;
Third, socialization and dissemination of CRC and child protection law among the society and the family, including the efforts and law enforcement should be improved. Through that it is expected the parties are aware and can enhance protection for children and prevent violations of the rights of children as opposed to the law. In particular, the apparatus that serves as the spearhead organizing child protection should be really understand the perspective of the child and the legal instruments that protect children.
The Progress of Sunday School Children in Mentawai
Rev. Turisia Maryani Taileleu ( GKPM Desk for Women and Children )
According to John Locke (in Gunarsa, 1986), a child is pure and sensitive to stimulation coming from the sorroundings. Therefore, children need care, love and a space for their development, besides, they also have feeling, thought, and self-will which become the complete physical of the children and other characters that are different from each phase of the children’s development.
The Progress of Sunday School Children of GKPM
In 1980’s, there are only few conggregations, and only in some churches which members were quite a lot that had Sunday school children. And at that time, the Sunday School Teacher were the elders of the church. I still remember the Sunday service used almost the same ritual with the Sunday service in the church. Due to transport problems (small boat), the church was enlarged to ease the conggregation to attend the services, and to attend the Sunday school as well.
It also reduces the risk to the children sinked into the sea, when they came to church. In this venue,the Sunday school teacher were the elders from the sorrounding villages and this was able to established the categorial of Sunday School children in GKPM although the numbers does not really increase the Sunday school children in joining a class becuase the class was not devided in age categories yet. And instead of the elders, elementary and junior high school teachers also became the volunteers in teaching the children.
At this time, there is no entertainment in Mentawai yet like television and other electronic devices that the children paid attention to. Children only played traditional games, such as using coconut leaves to make balls and fans. In other words, no influence of electronic media, yet. And this made them come to church happily and meeting the friends in joy, they were happier when they learnt new song taught by the teacher, they loved it.
In the 1990s up to now, almost all the churches in GKPM have categorial body of Sunday school children, there is a specialization as a Sunday school teacher. Sunday School teachers are not only from the elders, also included mothers and teachers and the youth. Then after the establishment of the categorial body came the division of tasks. Later the language used had already mixed (Bahasa and Mentawai), especially around the capital district. It also helps children to understand the Bahasa better, especially for those who study in formal school of kindergarten and elementary school.
As the time goes by, the use of Bahasa are well spread whether in villages and towns as well. Besides that, this process helps the child to understand the information that children get from books through readings, because books or the Bible stories written in Bahasa. In addition, Sunday school teachers are no longer the elders (predominantly men), but in the form of the categorical entities handling the Sunday school, in which there are elders (as coordinator), Sunday school teachers (mothers, teachers, both of which have a common educational background and who has a background of Christian religious education teachers, youth (male and female), they were given training and coaching, so the Sunday school teachers know their responsibilities in guiding the children based on the teaching of the Christian faith.
So, through Sunday school, children’s spirituality is strengthened. Parents are required to involve actively, in ongoing collaboration with the teachers in order to guide their children. Moreover, with the advancement in technology, every family already has a television, mobile phone, laptop, note book, CD, Play Station, and the children see more new things, and sometimes it was not understood by them. They are occupied their time with watching tv, playing games on the laptop, using mobile, and playing play station, porn videos and violent movies too. Because all of those occured around the children, then when it is the time to go to Sunday school they did not come, but they change their direction.
The offerings given by their parents was spent at where they are playing for instance “Play Station”. In some churches like in the capital city , small town , and the congregations become the center of a district or regency government, besides studying, they are also familiar with technology. Sometimes kids are smarter than parents in using of technology and sometimes this made the child order their govern parents.
Therefore, Sunday school teachers are looking for other methods to make the kids stay interested in coming to Sunday school on Sunday as the priority, while providing a mutual understanding between parents and children. In order to seek new methods, Sunday school teachers are looking forward to working with parents in guiding them. Since the guidance of Sunday school teachers are limited to children, only 1.5 – 2 hours each Sunday. In other words, parents are also required to be actively involve in spiritual formation of their children.
But there is also some understandings from parents that the spiritual formation of their children is the main responsibilty of the teachers. This can be seen when child being naughty, not nice or not obeying the parents, the Sunday school teacher is the one to blame. So it is not only the teachers’ the responsibility for the spiritual formation of children but also all other elements from church in supporting, motivating and guiding the children continuously based on Christianity teaching.
Lübbecke is not the Samaritans
Elder Analgin Ginting (Members of GBKP Executive Board)
33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.
35 The next day he took out two denarii[a] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
Lübbecke is not the Samaritans. So the Samaritans are not Germans, but we felt as we were treated by the Samaritans when for about twenty five (25) days in Lübbecke Germany. Especially the treatment of Samaritan in Luke 10:33-35. The Samaritan which told by Jesus Himself in the text was so perfect in the practice in brotherly love that they understand.
That Samaritan saw (1) the injured people due to seized and beaten so lied in the middle of the road. Before there were two clergies passing through, but pretended not seeing the quasi-lying, and even they accidentally passing through from across of the street. Leaving the victim moaned in pain under the blazing sun in the desert. And when the Samaritan passing through the same road, he saw, then followed his heart to come over (2) the injured.
He then bandaged (3) the wounds, then douse it with oil (4) and pour it again with wine (5). His attention does not stop, and doesn’t end his mercy; he then raised (6) the man on his own riding donkey. It definitely feels heavy and very careful because he afraid if the victim feels pain when he raised him up to his donkey. They walked, the donkey carrying the victim, then the Samaritan himself walking through out the hot cobbled streets towards the inn (7) and again with carefully he cares him (8).
Is his responsibility done? Not yet, there is still more incredible more. The next day he handed over two silver coins (9) to the innkeeper. It seems that he was also stay in to accompanying the victim in the inn, he did not leave him alone. Then he gave the order to the innkeeper, “Take care of him” (10) and if you spend more than this (money) I’m going to reimburse it when I return (11).
There were 11 things done by the Samaritan which actually did not considered as a friend by the Victim. But he was tenderly wrapped by sincerity when in helping the poor people described. Perfect,do not half hearted in bearing the practice of love. The same thing was also felt by us in Germany, in Lübbecke. We were treated with a great respect, very kind, very humanly, very sincerely, very cheerful. More than 11 things, even 11 times 11 times 11.
We were sent the letter of invitation and insurance to meet the claims against Visa arrangements in Medan and Jakarta. Then we provided with both ways ticket Medan-Kuala Lumpur-Amsterdam. We were picked up at Schiphol Amsterdam and brought with 3-4 hour’s drive to the center of Lübbecke city, where the name was also still very strange for us. And next we were treated foods, drinks, friendship, praise music, singing, applause and warm welcome by everyone we encountered.
We were amazed wonder as enjoying roasted sausage “Barbeque” mixed with Indonesian typical Sambel Ulek. Combined with a very delicious typical drink German Beer in the taste of sour on the tongue, but very tasty in the throat
Then, what was not heard by the ear, not seen by the eye and not be aware by our brain slowly with very deliberate shown and given to us one by one for us to be touched and experienced. Then, roared our senses in the truest joy.
Day by day, even hour by hour from June 25 until July 20, 2012, all our activities were arranged with very slick. Perfect, as the love of Samaritan. Our experiences grew mountain, our feelings were very satisfied by the pure excitement.
From Oberbauershacft to BadHolHausen, from Lübbecke to Taize in France, from the Church to the Supermarket, from Minden to Amsterdam. From VW car and using Ferry, from the Bus and luxury German Sedan car, and even there were times when we enjoyed the luxury of walking.
Seeing the very neat hospital, beautiful and filled with the spirit of service. Seeing the skill and knowledge training school for the carpenters and construction workers. Visiting the very highly advanced printing equipment factory, up to a very modern agriculture. Seeing the work place for a specific needy people up to a visiting the modern house which is devoted for the elderly. Seeing the Mill which is drawn by horses, up to the social services for the victims of human trafficking malignancy whose finally were forced into the prostitution women. Seeing the very modern football stadium which is located in the district town in the mountains. Visiting the kindergarten which is focus on the game and learning about the life values. And not forgotten preparing special time for us to walk around in the forest that was managed very natural with a cool air cradles.
The Samaritan came down from his donkey, and walking to guide the victim. Our friends, the Germans came out from their private room and chose to sleep in the couch in the living room and let us sleep in their room. The Samaritan said takes care of him, use this money, in two days I will return and reimburse the rest. Our friends the Germans said, ‘‘next year we will come to your classis, and in 2015 you will come again to Lubbecke.‘‘
So the Samaritan story will be everlasting and will be told and continue to give inspirations all the time. Then it will be also everlasting the relationship or partnership between classis Sibolangit with classis Lubbecke. Because the Lord Jesus wants all men love one another perfectly. For thus the name of Jesus will be glorified and soar highly in all human memories. Like the tower of St. Andreas Church in Lübbecke which soaring high into a clear sky of Lübbecke city. Germany is not the Samaritan in the map, but Germany is the Samaritan in charity.
Education of Ecumenical Leadership
By: Herawaty Bangun (Secretary for Ecumenical Bureau in GBKP)
GBKP already committed to the vision “Live as the Body of Christ” (2010-2015) and targeting the role of the congregation members in every church activities, one of them is Ecumenical activity. The main target is thatsa GBKP become an institution that has concern about surrounding where they are and become a blessing. With the realization of this main target, GBKP has ready towards the long-terms vision “To be “the partner” Bearer of God’s Grace” (2030).
Through this vision, GBKP has a responsibility, a sense of belonging, goodness carrier, have a positive work ethics, support each other, complement each other, depending on God, and follow God’s plan, so that GBKP will be able to present God’s gift that brings good live, Spiritual (recovery, healing, joy, peace), material (health, economy and inance, job, careers, possessions), social (fraternal, social relationship, marriage, home, children), and the integrity of creation.
Therefore on the last August 26 to September 1, 2012 Ecumenical Bureau of Moderamen GBKP with Personnel and Human Resources trying to build the awareness and to develop Human Resources insight of GBKP through the Study for Ecumenical Leadership to create a paradigm changing in the church and community about the ecumenical movement, especially the universal ecumenical (church, interfaith, and environment).
The lack of cadres with ecumenical insight deemed as one of the causes the dry of the church services during this time, especially externally. Therefore, through the program of the Study of Ecumenical Leadership, GBKP will contribute to perform and preparing committed Human Resources. This was also done so that the identity of GBKP become clear for the community and GBKP become more impacted for the community.
This program was implemented for one week with the first three days for the event materials provisioning theory about Vision & Mission of GBKP, Spiritual Formation and Leadership Conception, Christian History of the Ecumenical Movement in Indonesia, Asia and the World, Contextual Theology in Indonesia, Gender, Interfaith, Economics and Environment.
On August 29, 2012 after breakfast and Morning Devotion at 09.00 am the participants went to 3 places of visitation in Medan they are Buddhist temple Maitreya Cemara Asri, Hindu temple Shri Maryaman Kampung Madras and the last to Pondok Pesantren Al-Kautzar led by Buya Syech Ali Marbun. In these three visitations the participants are able to see the context of other religions in the ecumenical relations and the teachings of other religions that basically all these religions teach about the goodness and love for God, others and God’s creation.
On August 30, 2012 the participants went to the visitation places in Karo Land region to see the economic development of citizen-based through the program of CUM (Credit Union Modification) in Bawang village, where the members of this CU are not only from the congregation of GBKP but also from Catholic and Muslim even though this CU was formed and established by the congregations of GBKP. From Bawang village the participants went to Suka village to see the manufacture of organic fertilizer and the application and also make the observation to the market in Tiga Panah village for gender analysis where the economic agents in traditional markets are mostly women.
The participants in this event are consists of the Pastors of GBKP maximum 35 years old and the representatives from other churches such Rev. James B. Hutabarat (GKPI), Rev. Lisna Lisensi Saragih (HKI), Rev. Hotmaida Ulina Malau (GKPS), Rev. Perobahan Nainggolan (GMI), and Edo Christian Dalimunthe (GKI – Sumut).
The opening ceremony of this event was designed with the traditional and culture ceremony of welcoming, where the participants were greeted and treated to have dinner at “Jambur” or a meeting place where ordinary Karonese people held ceremonies and rituals.
This activity was the first generation and its planned for the subsequent generations are implemented annually with the new participants, so that more people will be equipped with the ecumenical knowledge and insights.
Overall the impression of participants for the event was very positive and a lot of new experiences they gained during the education, especially from the visitations, and they expected that for the next years this event can be organized by invited the resources person from interfaith leaders such as Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim. They are expected also that not just a visitation, but the participants can “live in” for a certain times among the different religious communities.
Hopefully in the future these expectations can be realized, and of course this requires the hard work from the Committee to prepare and also needed the cost which is not small to realize all those expectations.
From the Meeting of Youth of GKPS and The Youth of Kirchen Kreis Hagen Germany
“ A Precious Oppurtunity = die Gelegentheit ist teuer”
Ev. Lertina Saragih (The Head of Oikumene/Partnership Desk of GKPS)
As an expression once said: An opportunity doesn’t come twice…this case described that an opportunity is very precious and worth. This was felt by the Protestant Church Youth Simalungun (GKPS) when meeting is held between the Youth of GKPS and Youth Kirchen Kreis Hagen in Germany from 5-31 August 2012.
The precious opportunity was used by the Youth of GKPS well and at the same time excitedly, it can be seen from their preparation when receiving an invitation from Germany, after going through a selection process conducted by GKPS, 9 young people from different areas passed the selection and competent enough for the task/ delegates to the meeting. Then in February 2012 they held the first meeting at the Main Office of GKPS. Then a meeting held once a month for a debriefing and talk at the same time to finalize preparations for what would be said and shown when the meeting came, but it’s considered necessary to add more preparation and meetings twice a month especially 2 months before the departure.
The delegates are Dede Doris Day Sinaga (GKPS Tiga Dolok, Resort Tiga Dolok), Elikson Damanik (GKPS Padang Bulan Resort Hang Tuah Medan), Inta Masni Sinaga (GKPS Padang Bulan Resort Hang Tuah Medan), Kevin Kristian Girsang (GKPS Jl.Sudirman Resort Siantar I), Mangasi Damanik (GKPS Pamatang Sidamanik Resort Sidamanik), Orde Koria Saragih (GKPS Padang Bulan, Resort Hang Tuah Medan), Rumei Conni Fransiska Purba (GKPS Jl.Sudirman Resort Siantar I ), Septian Bonardo Hutagalung (GKPS Cikoko, Resort Cikoko Jakarta), Tiarma Intan Marpaung (GKPS Sapangambei Resort Soianta 5), and they are all led by Ev. Lertina Saragih (Head of the Oikumene/Partnership Desk of GKPS).
26 days of togetherness between the Youth of GKPS and Kirchen Kreis Hagen Germany is not in instant giving more insight, understanding and skills for GKPS Youth, but the Young of GKPS mention that even without seminars, they felt that they already have had an incredible seminars, they found beauty in cultural diversity, democratic life and the importance of partnership in all aspects of life and ministry. English has become an integral tool and interface communication at this meeting, very nice … is the phrase mostly said from both sides when communicating.
Through Live in activities The youth of GKPS can witness the way and the habits of the German staring from the way they eat, sleep and the waking up in the morning, an efficient use of time is felt so significant. An extraordinary moment felt by Youth GKPS was chanced upon this visit coincided with the anniversary of the 67th Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia, the Youth GKPS planning to conduct a short devotional, but unexpectedly early on August 17, 2012 The Youth Kirchen Kreis Hagen Germany has prepared the ceremony, standing proudly the Indonesia flag along with the flag German, mutual respect, mutual understanding, and the value the willingness and ability to make others feel happy really felt at the moment.
It’s Good to see you here with me, I’m so glad that you came…. is the most favourite song during the partnership activities. During the event, the group of GKPS youth consists of 10 people accompanied by 10 young people of Kirchen Kreis Hagen. The activities conducted partnership meetings, church services, youth meetings and the youth of GKPS performed singing traditional song and dancing while wearing traditional clothes of Simalungun. A visit to the Mayor’s Office Hagen, to Hagen Radio, Youth Cyrcus Hagen, Cologne (Old Church) or also called Kolner Doom, Museum of Germany development in Bonn, Opel car factory in Dortmund, Agriculture and farm area, Cavern, and not forgetting to visit Simalungun people living in Germany, these are all the activities conducted by GKPS youth with the youth of Kirchen kreis Hagen Germany.
The joy and unforgettable memories would be belong to the youth of Indonesian churches and the youth of the German Churches as well and it has dangle beautifully through church partnerships. Yells from GKPS youth : Suluhni GKPS Marsinalsal ma!!! The phrase showing a strong determination from the delegates of GKPS, Germany …. wow, this meeting must come to an end, but the impression and beautiful memories will not be lost from the memory till the end of our life, we believe that GKPS couldn’t wait for us to witness and be a witness to the beauty of the partnership.
Learn step by step and find a lot of similarities
Lena Klass ( Sorong/Papua/Indonesia; school-Assistance and education on HIV/Aids, GKI-TP)
My name is Lena Klaas. I am twenty years old and have just finished school. Normally I live in Münster, a town in the north-west of Germany, together with my parents and my younger brother. However now I live in Sorong. I will stay here for one year as a volunteer from the United Evangelical Mission and work in High school. There I will teach English and computer. As well I will be part of a HIV/ Aids-Project.
My first week just came to its end and I already made a lot of experiences. My stay here does not last long until now. Nevertheless I want to share with you some of my thoughts about Sorong. In my perspective living here is different from living in Germany. One example is the traffic. In Germany there are strict rules which are normally followed -maybe except of the bicycle drivers and here it seems to me that there is a kind of system. I actually do not understand everything of this – but this system is not completely based on laws.
Nevertheless there are also a lot of similarities. I see them mainly in the people. Everybody I met is open-hearted, wanted to help me and wanted to become acquainted with me. Afterwards they were really patient by explaining me everything, because right now I can only speak a few words of Bahasa Indonesia. But they never get lazy to support me learning fast.
Due to the fact that I have my Birthday on 7th of September the first week was even more special for me. It is very interesting to celebrate your Birthday in another country, but actually it is not very different from Germany.
I am very glad about getting a lot of invitations. Until now I went to a marriage, was part of a special ceremony of Sorong called Masorandak1 and went by boat to one of the islands belonging to Raja Ampat. Through all this I can understand live here better, learn step-by-step and find a lot of similarities.
It is also a good experience to go to church this often. In Germany it is usual for me to go to church once a month. Then praying in front of a group is something I have to learn, too. I have only once or twice prayed loudly in front of a group. Therefore I can widen my horizon doing this here.
Last but not least I am very happy about the food. I really like it. Although it is a lot of rice for me but nearly every meal is delicious. The juices are very good too
I am not a very long time here but I already find a new home. Due to this I am really looking forward to enjoy my year in Papua and I feel thankfully about the possibility the United Evangelical Mission gave me.
Actually I am not the only person who got this chance of spending a year in Asia. All together we are 66 volunteers from the UEM in Asia such as Viola (GKJW AIDS-Shelter, Malang, Indonesia; Assistance and Education on HIV-AIDS), Nele Christofzik (Orphanage Margarita; GKPS, Pematang Siantar/Sumatra); Lars Dinklage (Day Care Center UCCP, Lucena, South-Luzon), Annika Jöster (Alpha Omega; Kabanjahe/Sumatra/Indonesia: Assistance in working with disabled children and youth); Sebastian Liedtke (BNKP, Nias Indonesia; Assistance in school and kindergarden), Yasha Meier (Assistance in the St. Tomas Elementary & Secondary School; Tabuc/North-Luzon/Philippinen).
Yes.. Together we can be, Together we get power, Together we can change this world.
Youth faith Camp of GBKP(CIMPA)
nita Christine Br Sembiring, ST, MT ( General Secretary of PERMATA GBKP)
“Together We Can Be” is the theme in youth faith Camp PERMATA GBKP which is still the first time implemented in accordance with the works programs of the youth (PERMATA) GBKP in the General Assembly in 2010 and has became a program which is implemented once in every 4 (four) years. With the sub-themes is to increase the Spirituality, Integrity, Solidarity and Creativity to improve the productivity of better church youth in the future.
The goal of Youth faith Camp of GBKP is to equip the youth (PERMATA) which will become the cadres for GBKP in the future and accommodate the creativity of the youth (PERMATA) GBKP. This Camp is popular with the name CIMPA, beside the word CIMPA is stands for Camp Iman PERMATA (youth faith camp), but the word CIMPA is taken to indicate the specific food of Karonese, there is Cimpa which is made from pounded rice and also cooked from a steaming rice flour and sugar wrapped with certain kind of leaves named Singkut or banana leaves.
A total of 1.267 participants from 21 Classis, plus 100 committee members who prepared this program from several classis in Medan and Karoland region, all was united in the love of God in Retreat Center GBKP Suka Makmur for four days and three nights.
CIMPA was implemented in 2 (two) types of activities such:
- Pre CIMPA, contains of sports and arts (PORSENI) activities that have been opened on June 23, 2012 and all the races champions of PORSENI were announced at the summit closing of CIMPA activities and several final match were also held at the peak of CIMPA ceremony
- CIMPA, contains of worship activities, Eco-conscious movement, Seminar and Workshop. The opening of CIMPA was implemented on August 9, 2012 by the Moderator of GBKP represented by the Head of Koinonia GBKP: Rev. Erick Jonson Barus, D.Th.
The activities of the participants were divided into 3 jambur (Spirituality, Njayo and Aku Kalak Karo Cinta Indonesia (AK2CI)) which is the interest of the participants to equip the participants to be better. The participants were arranged in such a way to sleep in the tents which is divided into 5 Kesain (Daniel, Paul, Timothy, Caleb and Joseph) the sites for PERMATA during attend CIMPA. such a way as to sleep in the tent is divided into 5 Kesain (Daniel, Paul, Timothy, Caleb and Joseph), the site of the youth during the Cimpa.
The quite interesting thing in a workshop of Jambur Aku kalak karo cinta Indonesia, the activity of cooking Cimpa, this workshop participants were attended by 400 youths (PERMATA), 10 of them were asking to cook variety of cimpas based on the instructions from the resource person to cook in front of other participants and after cooked will be shared for all the workshop participants. Mmm… it was so colorful because eating variety of CIMPA at the same time, there are spicy cimpa and also there are sweet cimpa. From this experience, one of PERMATA from classis Jakarta-Bandung Win Ginting said ‘‘when cooking that cimpa, I feel there is an original side of my traditions characters that was really existed but being burried.‘‘
In the closing worship on August 12, 2012, beside the registered participants for this activity, there were also another youths from classis Medan and Karo Land came and join to participate in this worship, approximately about 2000 youths together with the spirit “Together We Can Be” that will continue to grow because young people can definitely bring positive changes for the nation especially for GBKP because PERMATA GBKP are “rudang-rudang mejile” (said Rev. Edison Munthe) in his sermon on the closing worship.
Thus through this Camp Iman PERMATA, let us build a good cooperation to advance a better PERMATA GBKP in the future without blaming each other. Yes.. Together we can be, Together we get power, Together we can change this world.
Till we meet again in the next 4 years CIMPA.
 Jambur in Karo language is a hall /village meeting room, audium
 Kesain in Karo language is a yard or areas surround the house
 Rudang-rudang mejile in Karo language is a flower which is blooming
Youth For Children Programme 2012 : HKI – Kirchenkreis Hamm Partnership Strengthening
By: Fernando Sihotang (Participant for Youth For Children Programme 2012 from HKI He can be reached at www.fernandosihotang.com)
Huria Kristen Indonesia (HKI) hosted a twelve-day partnership gathering called Youth for Children Programme 2012 represented by 16 young people from Evangelische Jugendkirche Hamm and PNB HKI in one of the Indonesia’s diverse and dynamic cities, Pematang Siantar, on 16 to 27 August 2012. The whole parts of the programme were facilitated by United Evangelical Mission of Asia Department.
The 16 passionate and energic young people shared their experiences and knowledge with one another through the programmes involving several groups of children at HKI’s Zarfat Orphanage, PAUD (Early Education) of HKI, as well as, HKI youth communities (Persatuan Naposo Bulung) divided within regions. The participants stayed in the guest house of HKI headquarter.
The programme, held as an endeavour to reviving partnership between Hamm and HKI, was carrying young people to share their respective cultures with one another, address issues around climate justice, and work closely with children on climate justice. Conducting twice-a-day devotion and learning from the Bible texts, relating to the God’s creation, were the chief elements in which 16 youth participants got involved.
The programme was officially opened by Rev. M.A.E Samosir, Head of Koinonia Department of HKI. Bishop of HKI, Rev. DR. Langsung Sitorus, presented the history of HKI – Hamm Partnership that has been running for almost four decades.
Issues around climate justice and how the human beings should play responsibility for the Integrity of Creation were introduced and learnt together by the groups through intensive discussions, Bible studies, exposure and presentations by some invited experts.
A result came to an effect through the distribution of their knowledge to the children at PAUD and orphanage, using relevant methods such as screening the climate-related animation film, drawing the images of creation, playing games, singing, collecting the garbages, and sharing about what the German people do in their country in order to save the earth. Subsequently, the programme engaged youth participants, accompanied by children and church workers, to prove their commitment to the “saving-the-earth action” by planting 500 Mahogany trees near the HKI’s organic farms in Tiga Dolok.
Knowledge of palm oil expansion was delivered to participants during the exposure at the oil palm plantation sites. “I was really surprised of how the palm oil expansion has apparently largely contributed to the environmental degradation, produced human rights violations rather than human development, created horizontal conflicts, and been a threat for food security. I live surrounded by palm oil crops, but I did not realise the impacts made through its huge expansion”, said Pimpinan Sijabat, a seminary student and participant from HKI.
Exchange amongst youths not only did make sense to better inter-cultural understanding, but on top of that, in term of the addressed climate justice, was to surprise the groups coming from different countries about the reality practiced in their respective countries that totally create different way of thinking. As Roxanne, participant from Hamm, expressed that, “this unique program gave every single participant the chance to see the whole issue of climate change in an absolutely different way. Unfortunately, the chance to discuss with foreign culture, which is so unfamiliar but at the same time just as your own, is very rare. After all, the most important things are to do campaigning for climate justice, getting together and taking care”.
German youths, as long as some days living in Indonesia, were surprised of witnessing people in Indonesia often burn garbages, like plastic and paper, rather than collecting them into the trash. “It is an unlawful practice in Germany to burn the garbage. Lung cancer is the outcome when breathing the chemical unsures from the burned plastic”, stated Carolin, a participant from Hamm. It was observed then that in her home country garbages, like plastics, paper and organic, are put in the separate bins adequately provided by the government, whereas, in Indonesia there is a lacking of bins where people can put their garbages in.
For most of the Indonesian paticipants, attending an inter-national gathering like Youth For Children Programme was a new experience, as some of them told before the group. Our separate grouping specifically with all indonesian participants, we shared within the group, that at the beginning they were afraid of making communication with fellows from Germany because of cultural reason. However, after days being collected in the group and delivered cultural understanding through practical lessons, the participants were becoming courage to show up and build common action for the “saving the earth” commitment. As one of the Indonesian participants, Romi Simanjuntak, stated, “I got amazing experiences with my German and Indonesian fellows, the programme helped me understand their cultures and do common action for the earth”.
The whole programme finally was closed on 26 August at one church of HKI in Medan, a capital city of North Sumatra province, by HKI General Secretary, Rev. M. Pahala Hutabarat. But, two nights before the closing ceremony, 18 groups consisting of youth community and Sunday schools presented dancing and singing before all the participants during the cultural evening session. The 18 groups of youths and children enthusiastically welcome all participants and the partnership gathering between HKI and Hamm.
The participants have made recommendation to continue the youth partnership in the future through common actions and possibility of making exchange.
We thank those who played parts for making this programme succesfull and meaningful to church youths generally and in the strengthening of partnership between HKI and Hamm particularly. We thank also the United Evangelical Mission of Asia Department for its effort to facilitate the programme.
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Wuppertal, June 1st , 2012
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.