As part of the Junior High House Program, on Monday, March 11th, Year 7 and Year 8 students from IPEKA International Christian School invited Junior High students from SMP Kristen Gracia in Tangerang and Rumah-rumah Singgah in Bekasi and Bantar Gebang along for a trip to Dunia Fantasi (DuFan) at Ancol.
Our goal is to teach a holistic, Christian based education; therefore we try to provide students with real-life situations in which they can express what they have learned in classes. The trip to DuFan allowed IPEKA International students a chance to put into action the words of 1 John 4:7, which says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Students were able to love one another by sharing what they have been given as well as (and more importantly) by spending a day creating relationships with other students their age with whom they may have normally not been able to meet.
It was a hot, cloudless day, but there were always students with smiles on their facesÃ¢â‚¬â€¢especially on the faces of our guests from SMP Kristen Gracia and Mahanaim. For many of those students, this was their first time at DuFan!
As the saying goes, Ã¢â‚¬Å“All good things must come to an end,Ã¢â‚¬Â our fun-filled day also had to end. With smiling (and sweaty) faces, we said our good-byes and boarded our busses.
A couple hours later, we heard from the teachers from SMP Kristen Gracia and Mahanaim, who told us that their students couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stop talking about the whole day. They were astounded not only that there was a school in Jakarta that cared about them enough to invite them on such a fun trip, but that the students from that school (IPEKA International students) could be so kind and loving.
We arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t perfect, but at least for one day we were able to love other people with the love that God has shown us, just as 1 John 4:7 states.