This week has been a memorable one for a young Indonesian woman studying with the Salvation Army in Melbourne.
This week has been a memorable one for a young Indonesian woman studying with the Salvation Army in Melbourne. It's a two year course, and the first twelve months has been full of reward for Lieutenant Annie Lapian, on the left. When she came to Australia a year ago Annie knew little English. With the help of her classmates and teachers she soon mastered the problem.
After lessons, field work, taking the Army's message to the people passing in the streets. And according to her instructors, Annie's winsome smile attracted many followers. Such praise was specially rewarding to Annie, who was the first Indonesian ever to train at the Salvation Army's East Melbourne College, in its 56-year existence.
In her first twelve months, Annie did well at her work, and this week she graduated as a lieutenant, along with many of her classmates. And so, warm wishes from her friends, as Annie Lapian turns to more training as a nurse at the Salvation Army's Bethesda Hospital.
Sister Seoble, and Colonel Sharp welcome Lieutenant Lapian to her new job. Annie completed her initial nursing training in Sourabaya. Now, it's advanced study - midwifery. She's proud of her achievements, for she's the first in her family, all Salvationist, to become a lieutenant. Annie's 27. She's only five feet tall, and takes size one in shoes, but lacks nothing in efficiency and enthusiasm. At the end of the year, Lieutenant Annie Lapian will return to her home in Indonesia to work in a hospital there.