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Strangers No More 2013 in retrospect: Stephen Sisal Tarigan

This summer Dutch Mennonite Mission organised in Guatemala its fourth edition of Strangers No More. Stephen Tarigan  from Sumatra-Indonesia reflects and gives his testimony. 


First of all I thank you so much my Lord, Jesus Christ. Thank you for the many chances given to me. Thank You for the opportunity to participate in Strangers No More 2013 in Guatemala. To experience Your Grace is making me so Happy.

And I would like to express my gratitude to the brothers and sisters from DMM (Dutch Mennonite Mission) who made this event possible and invited me and the other participants from Indonesia. Beforehand, I could not imagine how wonderful our fellowship during this event should grow towards Brotherhood and Sisterhood.

In the study of the Yosef Cycle I learned so intense that family and forgiveness are most important aspects in life. Especially for me, Stephen, there were so many blessings to receive through the fellowship by studying the Yosef Cycle. And also by visiting together the indigenous places, living with the Host family in Guatemala,and living together with the other participants in CASAS-Semilla.

When I stayed  in CASAS with the other SNM13-participants I really did learn so much about Different Visions and Cultures. And encountering the different Guatemalan cultures taught me about different Challenges in different Countries. We cannot follow everywhere the same paths to solve problems. So, I have to focus on what God is explaining to me. And God encourages and says: Just do it.

I am so happy to be a novice amongst the brotherhood in Strangers No More, cause I learned about Brotherhood…. And I did learn that Brotherhood is all about Love, Forgiveness, Patience, No arrogance, Caring, Sharing, being Kind, and becoming a Family. That all will make me Stronger in my Career to be a Good Kitchener.


Finally I would like to accentuate that this Strangers No More program will really help me to bring Happiness and Peace. The things learned make a deep and lasting impact in the life of all participants enabling to make good Relationships. We share our joy, we share our burdens , we share New Ideas how to build The Family of God. And I will Pray for each Country already Joining in SNM and for The New Brothers and Sisters.

Jesus May Bless you All

One last Word: Keep Continue The SNM for God.


Stephen Sisil Tarigan


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