Monday, May 27, 2019

Trust Building Workshop: Love for Indonesia

Love doesn’t need to be perfect, but love needs to be true. In our simple ways, how do we show love to our country? With the spirit of love, IofC Indonesia presented a workshop with the theme of Trust Building: Love for Indonesia. This program was held on May 25, 2019 at our partnership office, Ruang & Tempo in Jakarta.

The aim was to train and strengthen visionaries in peace building skills and trust building methodologies, to raise awareness of a personal trust narrative, and to develop steps for building trust and leadership in one’s own life.

Miftahul Huda, from IofC Indonesia, started the session with a question “What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘trust’?” Some said, trust is about honesty, care, communication, love, faith, and care.  A personal reflection with some highlights: “Am I trustworthy?, Do I trust myself, and Do I trust others?” The participants were given times to share their thoughts and listen to others in the group.

Trust building is also one of the most important measures in society to create a better country. As a closing statement, we need to learn to work with people whose world view is different from our own, who challenge our assumptions, whose presence may threaten our security. This learning may help us build trust and express love to others.
Afterwards, Muhammad Ramadhona facilitated a session on,  “Love for Indonesia.” In this session, we reflected on what’s happened recently in Indonesia after the presidential election. The highlight is that having a different choice and opinion is okay and it is about respecting others.

On this day, we also listened to a sharing session by Yofrina, who attended the 6th Asia Pacific Regional Gathering (APRG) in South Korea.  APRG is a biannual gathering attended by national teams of IofC in the Asia Pacific region. Today’s gathering ended with breaking fast for our Muslim friends. We are grateful for a well-spent day and some insights about how to build trust with others.

Reported by Yofrina Octika Gultom