We thank God for giving us brethren who live by His call, by His forgiveness, and His promise.  We do not complain of what God does not give us; we rather thank God for what He does give us daily.  And is not what has been given us enough: brothers, who will go on living with us through sin and need under the blessing of His grace?  Is the divine gift  of Christian fellowship anything less than this, any day, even the most difficult and distressing day?  Even when sin and misunderstanding burden the communal life, is not the sinning brother still a brother, with whom I, too, stand under the Word of Christ?  Will not his sin be a constant occasion for me to give thanks that both of us may live in the forgiving love of God in Jesus Christ?

(Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

I was a Torajanese born young man, from a little-beautiful and very peaceful village sorrounded by rice field in southtern Toraja, called Botang.  I entered in one famous University in East Java, Petra Christian University, where I had my bachelor degree in Electrical  Engineering (2002).  In 2007 I completed my basic theological education (M. Div) in South East Asia Bible Seminary, usually called “SAAT” in Malang.

But over all of these, my most beautiful experience is to find friends that together share the new community which Bonhoeffer called “God’s own reality about fellowship.” In this community I can share my weaknesses without affraid being judged, develop my potential without rivalry; where I can see and enjoying the Revelation eschatological idealism, “. . . there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands” (7:9). I thank God for my beloved friends, brothers and sisters in Christ in Papua, student of STT ATI in Anjungan (West Borneo), in Kudus (Central Java), in Pohgajih & Sumbernongko (two poor but peaceful village in Blitar, East Java), in Malang, Jakarta and all my fellow staff in InterVarsity (Perkantas) regional East Java.  They are my best teachers, because they taught me not just to think theologically but also to act practically.  Like Bonhoeffer, I would like to say that they are my best divine gift I ever have.

I am just a student of the word of God and my ultimate aim is to become servus servorum Dei.


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