Monica Ayu Puspasari

Monica Ayu Puspasari

Monica Ayu Puspasari

  • Age: 19
  • Birthday: August 11, 1994
  • Denomination: Charismatic
  • Discipline: International Relations
  • University: University Brawijaya
  • Location: Indonesia
  • Gender: Female
  • Completion Date: August 31, 2017
  • Student ID: IO9800621

Languages spoken: Indonesian and Javanese

Languages read and written: Indonesian, Javanese and English

What was your family life like? I have been raised in Solo, in Plesungan village, to be precise. I live together with both of my parents and my sibling. In the past, I lived together with my grandfather and my grandmother, but they passed away. My house is simple. It only has two bedrooms. Behind my house, there is a part of the land where my father usually grows peanuts and bananas. I am the sixth child from seven children. I have four big sisters, a big brother, and a little brother. All of my older siblings work, and my little brother goes to school. My parents and my family know Jesus. My family's income comes from my father, who works as a farmer, and from my older siblings. My mother is a homemaker.

Describe your childhood community environment: I live in a bad neighborhood, because many people love to get together to get drunk and gamble. They often do it at night. I had many friends my age around my house during my childhood time. For the kindergarten level, primary level, and middle level, I studied in the public schools run by the government. Then I continued my study in a private senior high school with sufficient facilities, such as a laboratory, library, computers, wireless Internet connection, and music instruments. I had a problem during my childhood time, since I was little bit naughty and I liked playing around without managing my time. I disobeyed my parents, too.

What are some of your personal interests and passions? I like reading, listening to music, having recreation and swimming. I scored the highest grade in our national exam for social science.

What is your vision for your time in the Leadership Development Program? I enrolled in July 2012. As an LDP student, my vision is to do my best in everything. I want to learn about leadership skills in order to be a good leader. I appreciate the program because I also get guidance to have the character of Christ, not just support to pay my school fees.

Tell us about your spiritual, physical and academic goals for the next few years: I want to maintain a close relationship with God and a devotion routine. I want to be active in various ministries held by the campus, the church, and the society, too. I want to have a regular meal time, in order not to get sick easily. If I get sick, it will interrupt me from doing my activities. I want to get a good achievement index, above the standard set by the Leadership Development Program. I want to learn more information about Indonesia and I want to manage my money well. 

Is there anything else you want to share? I want to be a humble, honest and responsible leader who is eager to be involved directly, instead of just giving orders. I want to be loyal and to keep performing with the character of Christ.

How did you come to accept Christ as your personal Savior? I started to know Jesus when I was a little child, but I really accepted Christ as my Savior when I studied in the sixth grade. I was 12 years old at that time. There was a revival worship service held in the church and the preacher was a pastor from the Philippines. During the service there was a spiritual baptism and I experienced the amazing touch of God. My heart was truly peaceful. Then I decided to follow the catechism, and I was baptized on September 23, 2006.

What is God teaching you right now? God has taught me to depend on Him instead of on my own strength. The important moment that described my spiritual condition happened after I passed middle school. In my report cards from the seventh grade until ninth grade, I kept making good scores, but my average score was 7 in the national exams. That average score wouldn’t qualify me to enter a public senior high school. I was totally depressed, because it would be very expensive to study in a private senior high school. But I decided that I must really depend on God and believe that God's plan is beautiful in the right time.

Describe the impact Compassion has had on your personal and spiritual development: Physically, I have had nutritious meals and my health has been checked regularly so I can control my condition. Spiritually, the project has taught me through retreat programs and spiritual events. Besides that, I have had many tutorials in socio-emotional aspects. I also joined an Outward Bound program to build my character. Financially, the project has helped me to learn in the school, study in the courses, and have extra lessons.

How are you currently serving in your local church? I serve as a singer, a collector of offerings, an usher, and so on in the church every Sunday. I also serve on Saturday for the teenage service. I start my service with prayers and prepare my heart before I start the event.

Who has had the most influence on your life and why? The most influential person in my life is my mother. My mother always gives me support and she is always there when I need her. My mother is a patient woman who always strengthens me to become a humble person.

What challenges do you think you will face during your university experience? I live far away from my family and I must take care of myself. I must put myself to be accepted in the community with people who have different characters. It encourages me to be able to understand the person's character.

What are some of the problems in your community? The economy, mainly poverty, is the problem in my community. Many children must stop their studies, because of poverty. Since I live in a village, there are often clashes happening among the people, although they don't occur for long.

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 wish to be an ambassador who can apply leadership skills, as I want to improve the quality of life of the Indonesian male and female workers in foreign countries. I want to be an ambassador who can directly take a part in the problems faced by those Indonesian workers.

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