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Meet The Volunteers - Risma
Town / City: Manchester & Liverpool
Placement(s): Liverpool City Centre Methodist Church, The Booth Centre; Loaves & Fishes
A little about me:
Hallo, I am Risma from Sumatera Utara, Indonesia. I graduated from Chemistry major for 11 years. When I was in college I joined with Christian Organization and was involved with small fellowship groups and also some volunteering programs. So, when I graduated from University I planned to dedicate some of my time to do volunteering works in the service of others. I had been working for 10 years and decided this year is the best time to give myself in the service of others.
Why I chose the Vincentian Volunteers:
The reason why I love to join with the volunteering program is because Jesus has loved me first and I should share His love with others. The program run continuous, is professional, transparent, systematic and is Christian Volunteering Program. I think ten months as a volunteer is the proper time to rest from the hectic life of professional work and recharge my energy. Through this program, I want to train myself to be a good listener, serve and be compassionate with others. I want to grow in positive values continuously in the love of Jesus.
I have two placements, one in Manchester and the other in Liverpool.In Manchester I work at Loaves and Fishes for two days and the Booth Center for one day. Both place are quite similar. We serve the homeless and jobless people. So many activities happen in both places such as sports, art and also counseling for help people enjoy better lives. I work in kitchen because we provide the people who come with breakfast and lunch. I help to cook, serve breakfast and lunch and also cleaning and clearing up.
In Liverpool I work at the Bread Church - also known as Somewhere Else - for two days. We make bread with ‘diffable’ people (different ability people, because I don't like to call them disabled) and also everybody who likes to make bread or just needs bread for lunch. Sometimes I make bread for lunch for myself. Sometimes I help the others to make their bread or become a person who is in charge of the ovens or wash the dishes. At every meeting we have reflection time to pray and listen to the Scripture. I love to work in all my placement because I love to cook and share the food.
In Manchester I found a Christian community of Indonesians. The group is called the Indonesian Fellowship Manchester (IFMAN). Every month we gather together as a community to pray, listen to Scripture, sharing and also to eat the Indonesian food together. I feel free to speak my Indonesian language with them and I am glad I am able to do this at least once a month, hehe! If you want to know more about me or maybe you have some questions, don't hesitate to contact me through the Vincentian Volunteers Website or social media!