Love is always the solution
The Saint Paul Theological School in Medan, North Sumatra, was founded in 2005.
Our aim was, through this School, to spread the light of Orthodoxy, because without the necessary means, it is difficult for us to preach faith in Indonesia. This is why the School of Theology was the basis for the further dissemination of the Orthodox faith.
The School has been accredited by the Government of Indonesia as a Higher Education School. Students have to attend classes for four years. Since the establishment of the School, 1002 students have graduated. These graduates are currently working in various sectors, such as teachers, civil servants, university professors.
Not all of the students are Orthodox; some are Roman Catholic, but most of them are Protestants. It is not uncommon for some students to decide to become Orthodox at some point during their studies.
Our current students are about 100. In the beginning, the only members of the teaching staff were Father Chrysostomos Manalu and Presbytera Elizabeth. Now the Orthodox professors are 5.
The fact that the Theological School continues its operation uninterrupted is only due to God’s blessing. The professors here do not get salaries.
The little tuition fees from the students, is not enough for covering the salaries of the School staff.
It is really a miracle that we can keep alive the “Saint Paul” Theological Academy.
Mainly the children who were born in the streets, who never learnt what home is, or never smelt warm food, or never learnt to read or write.
the homeless families who sleep in the streets and try to be protected from the sun and rain with brunches of trees and cartons.
The maltreated women who have no rights to education and generally are exploited.
the sick people who face the death because there isn’t medical treatment.
the children and adults who fight for a dignified life every day.
Our love can become a ray of hope and life for thousands of people in South Asia
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