Louisa Hartono (Nonik) – Surabaya
I used to protest and throw anger, bitterness and resentment toward God for “forcing” me to return to Indonesia and not allowing me to stay in Europe. I thought that my dreams were taken away and shattered.
But now here I am, standing in front of hundreds of students, parents, teachers, and school principals in the urban slum of Surabaya, giving them motivation and testimony about the study and achievement that I have accomplished so far, all thanks to His grace. I encouraged them to not give up and keep supporting their children to go to school and continue their education. I told them to not afraid to dream big. I told them that success is not limited to one’s financial restriction, nor that it is defined or confined to one’s material possessions.
Seeing tears in their eyes that turn into a sparkling or twinkling of hope, knowing that there’s still hope for their children’s future, hearing them thank you for the work that you do and saying that there’s nothing they can do to repay back, are definitely something that money can’t buy. It is very a rewarding experience and is far much better than sitting on a desk, in front of you laptop, in a luxurious building. To know that your speech can create an impact and change someone’s mind and life is really incredible.
A gentle reminder suddenly and secretly creeps in, reminded me that this is something I’ve always wanted: to do a public speaking in front of hundreds people, be an aspirator and motivator about the importance of education. God does this through ways that I never thought of. He makes that happen in HIS ways, not in my way, and His ways are perfect and beautiful.
I know that this is not over, better and marvelous things are yet to come.