Languages spoken: Indonesian and Javanese
Languages read and written: English, Javanese and Indonesian
What was your family life like? I was born in Malang city, in the Polehan area. My family lives in a simple two-room house. One room is for my parents and the other was for me and my older sibling. It is a rented house; the lease renewal is every two years. We've moved twice from other rented houses. I am the younger of two siblings. My big sister is married and she lives with her husband now. My father is a hawker, selling noodles, and he goes around the neighborhood. My mother works in another city as a household maid. Our family goes to church in Malang. Since my mother works in another city, only my father, my sister and I go to church every week. Sometimes we hold a family prayer service at night to read the Bible and pray for my mother.
Describe your childhood community environment: My first education was at home with my father. Before I entered primary school, I was able to read, write and count. I started school when I was 6. At first my peers envied me because I got the first place in every subject, but that was only because my father taught me everything. After a couple of years, my friends started to accept me and they studied together with me. I enjoyed my childhood because my friends and I were very close.
What are some of your personal interests and passions? I like playing musical instruments and playing indoor football [soccer]. Sometimes during music practice, my friends and I rearrange a music piece so it won't sound monotone. Playing indoor football makes me relax. I am happy I can be with my friends and become closer with them through sports.
What is your vision for your time in the Leadership Development Program? I want to be a leader who serves with a servant heart, because I see nowadays that leaders often use their power unjustly and irresponsibly. Through the Leadership Development Program, I hope I can be shaped to be a selfless person who is responsible and always relies on God. I am sure that God will help shape me in seminars, trainings, retreats and other activities.
Tell us about your spiritual, physical and academic goals for the next few years: I want to be an example and blessing for others. When I do something, I want to do it with love that shows that God is in me. I hope to exercise regularly and have regular meals, to stay fit and healthy. I don't want to be a lazy person. I want to study well and be self-disciplined, so I can do well in school and be a good example for my peers.
How did you come to accept Christ as your personal Savior? I accepted Jesus when I was 10. Our church was having a retreat in Villa Immanuel and there was a devotional every morning. My mentor explained about the grace of life and Jesus' love for us, that He died for us. My heart was opened and I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior.
What is God teaching you right now? My church had an outreach training when I entered vocational school. It was in a theology school and my friends and I were taught to share about God to others. I am becoming more reliant on God and closer to Him, because we have to really surrender all to God if we want to tell others about Him, and we have to accept any consequences.
Describe the impact Compassion has had on your personal and spiritual development: At the project I learned to respect others and accept them as they are. We always had sport or study activities, games and sharing, and they are very useful to help build my character.
How are you currently serving in your local church? I am active in youth ministry and my part is in the fellowship department. I have to arrange fellowship gatherings outside Sunday service and I have to make them interesting. We usually gather on Saturday and pray before planning for the monthly gathering.
Who has had the most influence on your life and why? I look up to my father, because he shares his love by teaching me the meaning of responsibility. My father is patient and loving and he gives me advice. It's like God's love to me. I can really picture God as a father because of this.
What challenges do you think you will face during your university experience? I enrolled in July 2012. The challenges are making good friendships, managing time and money, and living independently.
What are some of the problems in your community? Sometimes there are automobile thefts or fights when young people get drunk. Some of them didn't finish school because their parents can't afford it, so they don't have a good education and they behave wrongly.
How do you hope to use your future career and leadership skills to be a servant leader and help your community, church and country? I want to be disciplined and responsible and I want to be a humble leader who is not bossy, when I have an important position in my community, church and country.