Story of helping Ginsa

Posted by chuck @ 12:50 pm on September 9, 2008

We want to introduce you to Ginsa, one of our great English students. He is sixteen years old and just started high school.  He is the oldest son of two faithful parents.  He has a younger sister who is ten and a little two year old brother.  His Dad, a returned missionary,  works very hard making bricks to provide for his family.  They have a little store and they live in the back of it.  Money is extremely  tight.  They live a long way from the church and only have one motorcycle so they have to take turns coming to church.

            Elder Subandriyo has a vision of the youth of the church learning English so they would be prepared to go to the MTC in Manila and also be strong  leaders in the future able to speak English. We wanted desperately for Ginsa to be able to come to our classes, but knew it would be almost impossible for him to come the great distance from his home four nights a week.  Elder Subandriyo suggested maybe the RM fund could help him.  When we talked with the father about the class and suggested that we might be able to help, he said, “Let us try to do it on our own first”.  We knew it would be a tremendous sacrifice for the family but they have been doing it.              Ginsa is always the first one to the class and was elected president of the class by his peers.  He is a very smart young man and is learning English quite rapidly.  We had FHE with his family a few weeks ago with the young elders and they gave the lesson in Indonesian.  We told Ginsa he would have to translate for us.  He protested and said no, that he wouldn’t be able to do that. I insisted and he did a fantastic job, surprising himself and pleasing his parents.  

            His mother has tremendous faith. One time when we went to visit them she said, “I have been praying that you would come. I thought you would come yesterday, but I’m glad you are here.” Because  they only have the one motorcycle she usually has to stay home with the little children so doesn’t get to go to church very often.  Recently I felt impressed to go visit her and tell how much we appreciate the sacrifice she is making for Ginsa to attend our class.  When I asked if anyone from the branch had been to visit them, tears welled up in her eyes and she said, “No,” then she laid her head in my lap and sobbed as she said, “It is so hard, sister, it is so hard.” 

            She told us that Ginsa needed three million rupiah to start in the high school he wanted to go to.  She said they had one million and they didn’t know how they were going to get the rest of the money.  The next week Elder Subandriyo announced  in a youth fireside that the fund would give one million rupiah to every student going into high school that had a grade point average of 8 or above. Ginsa was concerned about his test scores but he said, “I know if I read the Book of Mormon everyday and partake of the sacrament every week, I will be blessed.” Ginsa’s grade point was way above the needed 8 points so he received the one million.  That million was such an answer to the prayers of a faithful family. He has been helping his father make bricks and we have also hired him to wash our car to help make the other million. Ginsa said that he is so appreciative for the gift from the fund that is giving him the chance to go to school. He is a bright young man with a sweet testimony of the Gospel.  He and other young people in this English program are the great hope of the future of the church in Indonesia.

Elder and Sister Taylor