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“When God Opens The Way, Nothing Can Stop It”

Registered Date January 08, 2021 User ID mondang Read 51
School Duta Wacana Christian University Scranton Scholarship 2020 Graduate Scholarship
User Name Rumondang Lumban Gaol
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Hello guys. How are you? My name is Rumondang Lumban Gaol. I am from Duta Wacana Christian University (Indonesia). I am currently in the 3rd semester Master of Theology program. I want to share a little story about the journey of my life in 2020. This year has been difficult for me and my family especially in terms of the economy. I had given up and planned to put an end to my study because I couldn't pay the tuition fees, but God is really kind and loving. He used the hands of His children to help me. When I was hopeless and desperate, I received an announcement via email that I got scholarship from Scranton Women's Leadership Center to support my study at UKDW for the 2020/2021 academic year. When I read the good news, I cried, I was touched and happy, because I could continue my study. I’m thankful to God and the people who helped me in this process. I am grateful to UKDW for nominating me as a candidate for the 2020/2021 Scranton scholarship, I hope God will always be with me and guide me. The Office of International Affairs of UKDW      is always ready to help and provide information.

 

With God’s help, this year can still continue my study though the classes were conducted online, because of the Covid-19 virus that emerged and spread worldwide. Learning and teaching online is the best way the campus could offer during this Covid-19 pandemic. Covid-19 requires people to stay more at home, including studying, worshiping, and working from home. However, in the future, people have started to do activities outside in a new way or called "New Normal", namely with a health protocol, wearing a face mask or face shield, hand sanitizer, tissue, tote bag, personal tools (spoons, forks, lunch boxes), etc. Therefore, I can still carry out my routine although in a different way.     

 

In my 3rd semester, I took four courses, namely Cosmic Trinituality Spirituality, Feminist Theology, Christian Education in the Faith Community, and a Thesis Proposal seminar. Thank God that everything well with my study. Besides studying, I was active as a volunteer in one of the libraries of Duta Wacana Christian University campus, to be precise, the Faculty of Theology Library. The library has been implementing strict health protocols in students to-get access to books and study material. I am active as a volunteer from September to December. I got a lot of experience and new knowledge.

 

Besides volunteering at the library, during the pandemic this year I also remained active in serving in one of the churches in Yogyakarta. Namely HKBP (Huria Kristen Batak Protestant). I serve youth services every Saturday. Once every two weeks. However, before worshiping with HKBP youth, the Pastor, youth companion and I, meetings and discussed what concepts and themes are suitable to be presented for the youth  worship. It needs preparation so that the worship meet the needs of the youth today. During the Covid-19 pandemic, worship meetings with the youth worship team were also conducted online, namely by using google meet. Likewise, to this day, public church services are also conducted online, namely, live streaming via Youtube. This is my experience during the Covid-19 pandemic, attending lectures, and other routines in a different way.

 

From the various experiences that I have had this year, I have reflected that God has many ways to help His children, from things that we cannot expect and think, God will provide. In the midst of the Covid-19 problem that often makes people worry and despair about life, God is there and helps in His own way. Likewise with my college. I believe, when God has allowed me to start my education, I also believe that God will continue to help me until I finish my study. Thank you to Lord Sophia who took care of my life as well as to UKDW, and the Scranton Women's Leadership Center for the kind support. God bless

 

                               Rumondang  Lumban  Gaol/  Duta Wacana Christian University/ 2020