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The story did not end when our hero go to the grave. Death did not have
the last word. We all know that Jesus, the Hero, has risen from the death
and is the reigning victor over the power of darkness. He win!
How about us? Are we victors too? The reality is often
harsh. We fail, fall and feel defeated when we look at
the frequency of poor-moral choices we made. We are
disappointed, disgusted and disillusioned when we see
injustice, wars and sufferings around us. It seems like
Christ and His army is not winning the battle.
But despite all weaknesses, apostle Paul calls us victors. He said:
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus
Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57). In other words if you believe that Jesus
had defeated lifes most gruesome enemy, death, it is a given that we
also enjoy the same victory despite temporary setbacks.
The full picture of this victory has not been seen and will not be seen until
the day of judgement. But the faith is sure: Christ, and His children will be
vindicated at the end. We will be victorious.
The big question is how do we walk, as the crowned kings and queens,
until then. How do we keep being strong until the end?
This month, lets learn together For The Win!
Shown on Front Cover: Audrey Pangemanan
Hi, Julietha. How are you doing?
Very busy life since I have three kids, who are living in
three different worlds. One is in college, one is in middle
school, and the other one is still a toddler. Three different
worlds together that I have to deal with. They all face
different challenges and I as the mother also connect
with them differently. While they go along well, it is hard
for them to understand each others world. For example,
the toddler can live with his sisters, but it is hard for him
to understand their lives. At the same time, Andrea and
Audrey have to deal with Bibo while they also have to
deal with their own challenges.
I see. So how do you deal with each of them and cater to their diff erent needs?
Well, at some point, I just have to try to understand them
according to their own ways. How I speak to each one of
them will be different. The content of our talks will also be
different. So I have to know, update myself and be more
involved with their worlds. Communication is essential to
be able to get through them. It is not just once in a while,
but all the time. We need to communicate all the time and
follow up with them daily.
Particularly for us, coming from an Asian background, that
is very different from the culture here. Regardless how
they were born here, the children will still need guidance
to value their Asian background, and more importantly,
their Christian faith. This background has a big role in
communication and in our approach towards a con ict or
Do you think it is di cult for your children to cope with their lives as Christian Indonesian here in the US, considering that they are born and raised here?
Yes. Very hard actually. For instance, Andrea went
through it during high school. What she believes and
what is presented at school and upheld by her friends are
very contradictory. Even until now. I believe that family
relationship and the church that she is in play a big role
in shaping her values. Sometimes it can be frustrating
for her to see her friends with different perspectives,
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JuliethaPangemananWife and Mother of Three / Amazing Cook / Care Group: Family
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regarding life con icts, sex, relationships, etcetera, even
inclusive family values. Many times she found herself in an
argument with her friends. Thank God, faith grows in her
heart that she is able to stand strong in her own opinion
as a Christian growing up as a teenager. Praise the Lord,
she now can reach out to her friends and bring them to
Care Group. Manny, for example, is a living testimony. Even
Audrey also starts to reach out.
For Audrey, she is starting to be more involved with usher
ministry. At rst she only attempted to help out with
ushering, just to try out the ministry. It turned out she
likes it and stays with the ministry. It really has opened
her heart and mind. Slowly, she starts to reach out even
though she tends to be shy and quiet. With ministry, she is
able to grow and open up not only to her own family but to
everyone else at church.
What about your youngest son?
For Bibo, it is nice to see the sisters bring faith values at
home. Although he is only ve years old, he can pick it
up from his sisters. For instance, he can call himself as
a Christian and Jesus is God. He knows that his papa is
Enrico, at the same time, Jesus is his Father. He picks it
up from our daily conversations. I dont need to explain so
much, not as much as I needed to with Andrea. His sisters
can also in uence each other. Bibo also enjoys worship
seeing her sisters worship. And the whole family starts to
enjoy the worship too. So de nitely, alot easier with him.
Hopefully he can grow and learn as he grows up. Hope he
can understand faith even more as he will grow up.
It is de nitely alot easier for me to raise my kids
understanding that they are growing in the church. It
reduces some of my burdens. I think its Gods grace
working and involving in our family. Sometimes parents
can get worried of how to take care of their kids. We
do have family values; but when the kids are out in the
world, parents have little role over them. They will grow
up and sometimes, without me being there. So the basic
foundation of faith value, along with family value, also
helps set boundaries of what they should accept from the
For sure. What about Family Care Group? Do you see your involvement in Care Group play an important role in your daily life?
Yes, of course. Especially knowing that most of the Family
CG members are leaders, such as David, Martin, Jeffri,
even Pastor Sugi too. So when we share, we build each
other. We open up and everybody shares his own struggles.
We also pray for each other.
Also, most of them are younger, so they adopt a younger
point of view that is more related with my children. Not
to forget, those leaders are also involved in Warriors. So
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by her three children,
Audrey, Adriel and
whatever Andrea and Audrey are going through, they
kind of understand because that is what they have been
sharing in the caregroup. They can feel me with what is
going on with my life. This is really helpful for me in raising
my kids. I grew up in Indonesia. Sometimes, I can feel
disconnected too with the younger generation. But for
Martin or Jeffris family, especially since they have been
here for a long time, they can relate more with the children.
So its really helping.
How diff erent is your faith today now that you have a family compared to when you were still single?
When you are single, I feel that you can know the values
according to what people tell us but you dont really
understand it until you get through it. Although I grew up
in a Christian family, I felt that I had less burden since I
was living under the shadow of my parents. We felt secure
under their care. After marriage, you are more independent
and you need to handle things yourself. So what you learn
as a Christian, not only because you know it like when you
were small, but you know deeply because you are living it.
You are living it and applying it. It is a part of learning. No
longer just going to school. When you are actually working,
whatever you learn from textbook, how you apply what you
learn becomes relevant in real life.
Ah, I see. Just curious, what made you stay in the US? And how have you liked the Bay Area so far?
I came in 1994 in the Bay Area. Ive been 21 years in this
country. I love it actually. It actually has become my
hometown more than Indonesia. I no longer live under
someone (parents), so my life here has more ups and
Its really nice how you cook Indo food for the church often. Do you want to share with us as to how it all got started?
Its a blessing to me. I never thought about it in the
beginning that I would do catering.
Wow. So what made you decide to cook then?
Actually cooking is not my hobby but my family loves
to eat, which makes them love to cook. I can say that
they love cooking. Alot of my moms siblings in Indonesia
actually do alot of catering. But none of us learn by the
recipe. We adjust it to our taste as we cook. But yes, I
never thought of doing catering. It started by helping kids
who miss the Indonesian food.
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I realize that this is what God wants me to do. During
that time, my