26.12.16 | News, Three questions for
Three Questions For...Mega Kamase Sambo who took part in a PR workshop of EMS in South Africa
In her church Mega Kamase Sambo is responsible for international and ecumenical relations. In an interview, she talks about her work and about the benefits of working internationally in the field of press relations.
What is your task at the Toraja church, especially concerning PR?
I am the Head of Ecumenical and International Relationship at the Toraja Church which means I am responsible for the communication between my church and ecumenical partners on a local, national and international level. In my department, we use print, web and social media. In this way, we try to keep members, partners and interested people informed about the things we do in our church.
For our foreign partners, I also translate documents and letters into English. And I accompany and arrange ecumenical and international visits to my church, so that our guests have a true experience about my church and our mission. I also contribute to our print products.
What did you expect of the workshop?
I hope that I can get better knowledge and skills through a workshop like this one, which helps me in my daily business concerning press relations. I studied theology but we did not have any courses about communications and PR. Therefore, I taught myself about those topics and I try to learn as much as possible from other people.
I am very happy and grateful to have a platform of exchange with my colleagues from different countries. It is a great experience to get to know their backgrounds and skills. I am sure that not only myself but also my church will benefit from this workshop.
What do you wish for the Toraja church and all Indonesian churches and Christians for the future?
I hope that, in the future, we will have a contact person for press relations and communications in all Indonesian churches. Because they can help the churches to better communicate internally and externally. In Indonesia, so many wonderful activities and initiatives - not only from Christians - help people in need. Those stories should be told so that people get to know about the challenges and success of the Indonesian churches and how they can themselves overcome challenges.
Generally, all EMS member churches should share their different backgrounds like culture or education with each other. I think, it is important that we have a good communication, learn from and inspire each other.
The interview was conducted by Regina Karasch-Böttcher.