MENULIS itu INVESTASI

MENULIS itu INVESTASI

Published on 21 February 2017

MENULIS itu INVESTASI

( t e s t i m o n i )

"Dengan menulis kami ada dimana-mana tanpa kemana-mana"

Tahun 2002 kami mendapat  panggilan Tuhan untuk menabur di ladang Konseling Indonesia. Dari 1991 saat masih studi Konseling di UKSW saya menyadari betapa Indonesia darurat kesehatan jiwa. Tapi jumlah konselor, Psikolog dan psikiater serta pusat Konseling langka. Sejak 1991 ada beban yang kuat bekerja sebagai konselor. Untuk itu saya studi lanjut bidang Konseling di STTRII (1996-1999).

Tapi baru tahun 2002 saya dan Wita berani terjun penuh waktu, kami mulai dengan sedikit deposito dan "warisan hidup" dari Ayah Mertua, Alm Prof. Ndraha.

Pada  tahun 2003 beliau meneguhkan visi Konseling dengan mendukung kami apa saja yang kami perlukan, supaya kami tidak mundur dari pelayanan konseling. Saat  itu pelayanan sbg konselor jauh dari Popularitas dan fasilitas. Kami pun rajin menabur di ladang Konseling dengan moto: Orang bijak Peduli Konseling.

Tahun 2004 kami mulai menekuni panggilan menulis, karena kami mau mandiri secara ekonomi, dan tidak tergoda mencari keuntungan lewat profesi kami sebagai konselor. Buku perdana kami adalah SENI MERAYAKAN HIDUP YANG SULIT.

Tahun 2007 kami Sempat terjebak dan tergoda mengadakan kursus2 Konseling di banyak kota. Kami sadar saat itu motifnya demi survive secara finansial. Tapi tahun 2007 kami rasa itu melelahkan dan kami tidak melihat hasil, kami tidak punya MURID. Kami tidak mau kecewa nantinya hanya demi mendapat popularitas dan uang. Matius 28:18-20 berdengung dengan keras di hati kami.*

Tuhan lalu menaruh beban dan Panggilan untuk memuridkan di dunia Konseling. Itu sebabnya tahun 2008 kami mendapat panggilan yang kuat menjadi Dosen di STT khusus bidang Konseling.

Kami bergabung dengan STT Jaffray lewat MOU bersama Layanan Konseling keluarga dan karir (LK3). Yang akhirnya kami kerjasama dengan 8 STT sampai saat ini. Untuk itu kami harus menutup lembaga pelatihan dan kursus Konseling, juga  pusat Rehabilitasi Depresi SHARE.

Kami pun fokus menulis buku2 Konseling yang masih langka dalam bahasa Indonesia. Sampai saat ini kami menulis lebih 20 judul. Kami belajar setia menjadi Penulis,  melatih konselor, dan kampanye pentingnya Konseling ke seluruh tanah air. Tidak mudah.

Siapa menyangka tulisan-tulisan kami kemudian menjadi berkat. Secara khusus buku MENCINTA HINGGA TERLUKA & Seni MERAYAKAN Hidup yang Sulit yang lama best seller di Gramedia. Lewat buku inilah kami bisa menikmati finansial memadai, dan dapat bertahan menjalan visi memuridkan Konselor di Tanah Air.

Tak pernah kami duga di kemudian hari para pembaca buku kami kemudian yang memberkati kehidupan kami, seperti:

- mengundang kami, merekalah yang mengadakan seminar dan retreat untuk kami di banyak kota dan negara

- memberi kami fasilitas liburan hingga pendidikan anak2

- memborong buku2 kami dan membagi ke kerabat mereka

- menyediakan tumpangan saat kami ke luar kota atau luar negeri

- Sebagian mereka akhirnya ikut kuliah dan menjadi jubir visi kami di banyak tempat ttg visi Konseling

Buku-buku kami sudah tersebar di banyak kota dan Negara. Menulis adalah investasi jangka panjang. Dengan menulis kami ada dimana-mana tanpa kemana-mana.

Kami sadar tidak mudah setia pada panggilan Ilahi. Mengingat banyaknya tantangan dan godaan untuk mengerjakan yang lebih menyenangkan diri sendiri. Tapi menulis dan mengajar bidang Konseling sesuatu yang ditanam kuat oleh Roh Kudus dalam hati kami.

Terima kasih sudah berdoa untuk visi konseling Indonesia, dan membaca testimoni kami.


Julianto Simanjuntak

Roswitha Ndraha


Visi LK3: Melihat berdirinya satu pusat Konseling di setiap kota Indonesia; tersedianya pusat kesehatan mental, psikolog, psikiater dan konselor secara merata di tanah air (thn 2030)


Mat 28:18-20
Yesus mendekati mereka dan berkata: "Kepada-Ku telah diberikan segala kuasa di sorga dan di bumi.

Karena itu pergilah, jadikanlah semua bangsa murid-Ku dan baptislah mereka dalam nama Bapa dan Anak dan Roh Kudus,
 dan ajarlah mereka melakukan segala sesuatu yang telah Kuperintahkan kepadamu. Dan ketahuilah, Aku menyertai kamu senantiasa sampai kepada akhir zaman."

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English version


To Write is to Invest
A testimony

"Writing has enabled us to be everywhere without going anywhere."

In 2002 we received a calling from God to plant seeds in the fields of counseling in Indonesia. Through my counseling studies from 1991 at UKSW I have come to realize Indonesia's crisis in mental health. However, the number of counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists, as well as mental health care centres, are few. I received a calling to become a counselor, which was why I continued my studies into the field of counseling at STTRII (1996-1999).

Wita and I became fully committed to the counseling field in 2002. We started with a bit of savings money and the "living legacy" of my father-in-law, the late Professor Ndraha.

In 2003 Professor Ndraha affirmed our vision for counseling and supported us by providing us with whatever we needed to continue serving in the field. At the time, ministry as a counselor had little merit and support. We moved forward with the motto: "Orang bijak peduli konseling." (Wise people care about counseling."

We started writing in 2004 in order to gain financial security, and not fall into the temptation of looking for profits through our profession as counselors. Our first book is titled "Seni Merayakan Hidup Yang Sulit," (The Art of Celebrating the Difficult Life).

In 2007 we found ourselves trapped in the temptation of doing counseling workshops in various cities. We eventually realized that the motives behind those workshops was financial security. But in 2007 we started to see that those workshops did not do as much as we wanted them to do. We wanted disciples dedicated to counseling, and we didn't want to be disappointed by getting only fame and fortune. The words from Matthew 28:18-20 echoed in our hearts. God had placed a burden on us and called us to disciple in the world of counseling, and we eventually received a strong call to become teachers in seminaries specializing in counseling.

We partnered with Jaffray seminary through MOU with Layanan Konseling Keluarga dan Karir (Family and Career Counseling Ministries; LK3 for short). We eventually partnered with eight seminaries until today. For that reason we had to close our workshops and counseling courses, as well as our Depression Rehabilitation centre, SHARE.

We started focusing on books. Counseling books written in Indonesian are rare. We have since written twenty books. We have studied faithfully to become writers, trainers of counselors, and to campaign for the critical need of counseling across the whole nation. It has not been easy.

Who knew our books would become incredible blessings? Especially Mencinta Hingga Terluka (Sacrificial Love) and Seni Merayakan Hidup Yang Sulit (The Art of Celebrating the Difficult Life), which have long been bestsellers in Gramedia. Through these books we enjoyed financial security, which allowed us to fully dedicate ourselves to fight for the vision of counseling and discipling counselors in Indonesia.

We never thought that there would come a day when the readers of our books would bless our lives, in ways like:
To invite us into seminars and retreats they prepared in various cities and countries.
To bless us with facilities for vacation.
To bless us by sponsoring our children's education
To buy our books and sharing them to their relatives
To prepare us rides and transportation when we travel to different cities and countries.
And to join us by studying counseling and serving our vision for counseling wherever they go.

Our books have reached many people in many cities and countries. Through our writings, we could reach places we could never imagine.

We realize that it is not easy to remain faithful to God's call. We reminisce of the many challenges and temptations to serve our own purposes. But writing and teaching in the field of counseling were things that the Holy Spirit truly rooted in our hearts.

Thank you for praying for the vision of counseling in Indonesia, and for reading our testimony.

Julianto Simanjuntak
Roswitha Ndraha

Vision of LK3: To see the construction of a counseling centre in every city in Indonesia; wherein mental healthcare professionals - psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors - provide quality care all over Indonesia.

18 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."