Our primary purpose was facilitating two personal finance seminars in partnership with an English School. (Not unlike some Americans, many Indonesians think only in the short term in regard to finances, then obtain high levels of debt.) Many university students and young professionals attended both seminars. We taught on understanding our role as stewards of all that God has given us and the responsibility that comes with that position. We also empowered these students and professionals with practical tools for achieving success, such as goal-making, budgeting, and using an envelope system for cash spending/saving.
And so we went, and our team discovered that these Muslims were not that different than we were. We saw their hopes, dreams, and fears, just like our own, and discovered that they shared many of our beliefs about God and Faith. We learned that when we embraced friendship and peace first, relationship opened up discussions that would have been difficult otherwise.
Ryan Meredith - Executive and Global Outreach Pastor