As a part of their service to IofC International, members of the International Council are encouraged to visit with teams across the globe, in order to provide high-level perspective, but also to connect teams to the global vision. Bill Hamilton and Cecilia (Thembi) Silundika made a recent trip to Indonesia an where they met with the local team in Bandung and Jakarta.
The team in Bandung works with a group called Peace Generation. Irfan Amali and Erick Lincoln, the founders of Peace Generation, expressed their appreciation for the Indonesian team’s collaboration and contribution to the training. Especially how the team brings the element of personal life sharing and reflecting on the values of peace to the training.
Nenden Vinna Mutiara Ulfa, Programs and Partnerships for IofC Indonesia, who leads the group involved in the School of Reconciliation, facilitated a gathering with the friends to practice Quiet Time, which is what IofC calls silent reflection. Afterwards, Bill and Thembi shared their personal stories with the group about what keeps them motivated and active at this stage of their lives. ‘I feel connected with Bill and Thembi and I am grateful that I now feel more connected to the global vision of IofC, to continue to build trust and break barriers. Personally, I am very inspired by their commitment and commitment to this purpose,’ said Nenden.
During the visit, the team introduced the visiting council members to Jagat Arsy Islamic Boarding School, one of IofC Indonesia’s partnerships. Budi Rahman Hakim, the owner and director of Jagat School, welcomed the vistors with an open heart and open doors. He said, ‘this is your home, you are always welcome in this school, and this is IofC's home.’ Bill and Cecilia were then invited to share with the students how education played a role in their lives.
Finally, Akhmad Hairul Umam, an IofC Indonesia friend and lecturer at Tanri Abeng University (TAU) welcomed Bill and Thembi to his university. There a session on Leadership Development with TAU students was conducted as a part of the visit. One student shared, ‘As part of the current young generation, I should understand my power and role in the world, also learn to behave socially and be open to different people and experience.’
This summary of events has been edited and adapted from the original report by Miftahul Huda and Yofrina Octika Gultom.