Class of 2018: Chlaodhius Budhianto

ARI Nickname: Chlaodhius

Indonesia

Christian Church from Northern Central Java (GKJTU)

Pastor

“I know that many of my church members are poor farmers. Because of this, I not only nurture their spiritual life, but I also work to empower economically.  Organic farming is the solution to my people sustainable economic growth.”

As the pastor of a small farming village in rural Indonesia, Chlaodihus has seen first-hand that spiritual words alone are not enough to alleviate the struggles of those who live in poverty. As such, he has taken it upon himself to realize the Christian creed of ‘preferential treatment for the poor’ by actively working to improve the economic situation of his congregation. This is a difficult task, as the farmers of Chlaodhius’ community struggle daily against an unfair economic system, the adverse effects of climate change, and the high production costs of their current agricultural practices. To combat these problems, he has set up several model organic farms and organic farming training programs designed to help the local people learn alternative methods of income generation. In addition, Chlaodhius also works to find business partners who will pay a fair price for the products his congregation produces.

To improve the quality of these initiatives, Chlaodhius is coming to ARI to enhance his own knowledge of organic agriculture and servant leadership. He hopes that he will be able to transform his community into a center of sustainable living that will serve as an example for the rest of his country.

The Church from Northern Central Java began in the late 19th century, when missionaries from Europe partnered with the local Javanese people to spread the gospel. It serves the northern area of Central Java, as well as small parts of East Java, where its goal is to help alleviate the problems that plague their society, state, and nation. Among these, they name poverty and environmental degradation as the most significant. The church feels that the development of organic farming is the most effective way to address these issues, as it leads to both wealth creation for poor farmers and a reduction in the use of dangerous chemicals. The Church from Northern Central Java began in the late 19th century, when missionaries from Europe partnered with the local Javanese people to spread the gospel. It serves the northern area of Central Java, as well as small parts of East Java, where its goal is to help alleviate the problems that plague their society, state, and nation. Among these, they name poverty and environmental degradation as the most significant. The church feels that the development of organic farming is the most effective way to address these issues, as it leads to both wealth creation for poor farmers and a reduction in the use of dangerous chemicals.