Languages spoken: Indonesian and Javanese
Languages read and written: Indonesian, English and Javanese
What was your family life like? I was born in Semarang and grew up in Papandayan Kaliange area in Gajahmungkur subdistrict. Our house is next to a big road which is very busy. Our house is a semi-permanent building and it has a zinc roof. There are trees around it, and behind it is the police academy. My father is a laborer and he is now 53 years old. My mother is a sports and health teacher in a school and she is now 48 years old. I have an older brother aged 23, named Beltsazar Eko Kurniawan, who was also an LDP student. My younger sister went to vocational school; her name is Elizabeth Tri Kurnianti. Our family worships together regularly.
Describe your childhood community environment: My neighborhood during my childhood was a nice community, even though the people are of different beliefs. I went to a state primary school where there were a lot of trees around the school, so the weather was very cool. I had good friends there and we respected each other. I went to a state junior high school and also made friends there. I went to a state vocational school and studied tourism there and learned more about friendship and differences.
What are some of your personal interests and passions? I like dancing, listening to music, sharing with my siblings, and reading. When I was in primary school I won first place in a dancing competition in my city. When I was in secondary school, I won second and third place.
What is your vision for your time in the Leadership Development Program? I am achieving my vision of being prepared as a leader who can serve God. I want to lead with Christlike character and make an impact to my community. At the university, I have served as treasurer of the Christian Student Fellowship and as house leader in the LDP boarding house. Through the LDP I learned to be disciplined, understand different personalities, and make firm decisions. I learned to hear others, to be a leader who is willing to learn, and to be a tutor who can motivate and pray for others. I learned to control my emotions and use my money wisely.
Tell us about your spiritual, physical and academic goals for the next few years: My goals are to serve the Lord joyfully with integrity and to manage a healthy lifestyle. I will do my best to maintain communication and understanding. I will practice modesty and a willingness to serve.
How did you come to accept Christ as your personal Savior? When I was in middle school I had a close friend who always told me about everything that happened to her. One day, another friend tried to break our friendship by telling her a lie. Later, that other friend got angry and she got very violent. I only kept quiet, because I didn't want her to be angrier. People in my class cheered at me to retaliate, but I didn't do it. I went home and cried. I prayed to God and I felt that He wanted me to be closer to Him. I accepted Jesus on 29 July 2007, and I felt so calm after that. I no longer thought about the incident, and my friend and I weren't close anymore, until she made the first move.
What is God teaching you right now? From the LDP curriculum, I learned that every Christian needs to join a church so that we can grow together, care for each other, serve the Lord, and give our tribute to build His church.
Describe the impact Compassion has had on your personal and spiritual development: Compassion helped me learn to be independent by uncovering my talents. At the project I was growing in spirit. I was learning to have a healthy lifestyle and good diet, as well as sexual education. I was learning to know about individuals and solving problems together. I also learned to control my temper when I worked as a teacher assistant for kindergarten children. The project helped to pay my tuition all the way through vocational school, and now Compassion is molding me through the LDP.
How are you currently serving in your local church? I am a singer and an usher. I welcome the church congregation and take collection during the service. I am a dance tutor at the child development center.
Who has had the most influence on your life and why? My family, especially my older brother. I look up to him, because he is an example for us; he cares about us and he protects us. He is very responsible and he never slacks on a job. He teaches us to be disciplined and honest. He is a good listener and he always shares with us.
What challenges do you think you will face during your university experience? I enrolled in July 2012. There are so many things to remember and a lot of choreography that we have to master. With regular training, I can maintain maximum performance.
What are some of the problems in your community? There are young people who usually gather to smoke and drink until late at night. Safety is a problem, because there have been several theft incidents.
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 will apply my degree as a dance teacher. I want to share my skills so people can understand more about Indonesia's culture, which needs to be preserved. I want to teach humbly and patiently and I want to serve my students with love, so that they can see God's love.