Last October, Year 10 students of IPEKA International Christian School (IICS) took part in a retreat aimed at helping students commit themselves firmly amidst the challenges of the world, which is getting further away from the truth of GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s words.
After the retreat, the students were expected to make a decision in their lives to dare to be different for Christ.
Such a retreat may seem to be a routine annual program, especially for Year 10 students who were new to the IPEKA school environment. Yet, the retreat could be one of the main contributors of a solid foundation to them before they embark on a long learning process at high school.
The topics given at the retreat were not entirely delivered by speakers at the seminar or sessions, but also through the studentsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ active participation in the retreat. For example, two months before the retreat, the students were encouraged to learn to share love in concrete acts, that is, by setting aside their pocket money to buy stationery to be donated to school children at the public schools around the retreat center, Wisma Pondok Remaja PGI, Cipayung, Puncak.
The students were directly involved in the process of collecting money and the distribution of the stationery packages for their juniors in SD Negeri Leuwimalang, Puncak, Bogor, West Java.
Through all these activities at the retreat, the students:
- Learned to accept themselves more and know themselves more deeply;
- Had an opportunity to look closely at the real life of needy villagers so they can share GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s love in their lives;
- Interviewed the students of SD Negeri Leuwimalang and the people in the area;
- Committed themselves to renew their faith in God and make a positive impact on the people around them.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬â€by Moses Franky,