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Mission in Bali August – October 2017

Happy Healthy Kids

Happy Healthy Kids

In August, Yudi and I had the opportunity to serve a friend in his outreach project. Through his project, Ferriy brings hygiene supplies to children in orphanages in the northern villages in Bali. By providing basic packs of bathroom supplies, the kids basic health needs are taken care of and kids are able to live happy, healthy lives. In August, we joined him to bring supplies to two orphanages in Karangasem. We drove three hours into the village, once there, we were able to meet and spend time reading stories and playing with some young rascals who live in an orphanage with about 14 kids. Then we went onto another orphanage where about 20 teenagers reside. The kids were so happy to receive their hygiene gifts. It’s great seeing kids get excited having the opportunity for healthy lives.

Building Confident Kids

Robot painting

Robot painting

Many kids give up on their dreams, simply because they are not encouraged in basic skills. It breaks my heart when I see little kids saying they cannot do something because it doesn’t look like how a professional does it. Through our activities such as arts and crafts, dance, and sports days, we build confidence training in our kids. It is great when I see kids learning how to paint a robot, or draw a house or family. Sure, the walls are wonky and people have blue hair, or orange skin, but the kids did it themselves and I am so proud of them for trying.

Independence Day

Independence Day

As kids learn confidence in these basic, fun skills, they build confidence to pursue their dreams for when they are older. Because they learned how to paint, they learn how to pursue learning in other areas. They can learn to cook, or teach, or be a policeman. Even short term goals like learning how to read and do mathematics. They can.

Bali Life Newsletter

Click the link above to read more about what has been happening in Bali Life.

Praise Reports
Some of the Street Kids

Some of the Street Kids

  • Thanks to God we have a new church community to go to, with some people from our previous church joining.
  • Praise Jesus for the amazing team in the Street Centre. They do amazing work for the street kids centre and women’s workshop
  • I pray God’s abundant blessings for those continuing to support me in this ministry.
Prayer Requests
Getting Ready for School

Getting Ready for School

  • God’s wisdom as we go into ministry in our new church, that the church continues to grow and new families come to faith in Jesus.
  • More work for the women’s workshop. Our mums rely on regular customer orders so they can work and support their families.
  • More child-sponsors to help our children go into formal education and break the cycle of poverty in their families.
These kids don't have their parents permission to come to school yet

These kids don’t have their parents permission to come to school yet

This mum was sleeping on the side of the road with her child, not wanting to go home until she had gotten enough money from begging

This mum was sleeping on the side of the road with her child, not wanting to go home until she had gotten enough money from begging

Street Ministry Team and some of 40 kids we reach each week with food and love

Street Ministry Team and some of 40 kids we reach each week with food and love

Love picking her up for school

Love picking her up for school

Her older brother comes to school. Hope she can too, soon.

Her older brother comes to school. Hope she can too, soon.

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Mission in Bali May – August 2017

Click here to read the latest update from Bali Life.

Wow! I have experienced many changes since my last update. Bali Life is continuing to touch lives, and Street Centre now has nine children successfully graduated through bridging school. Five of these are sponsored through the Street Centre Scholarship to further their education into middle school. We have four more children ready and eager to go through bridging school just like their friends before them. Please contact me if you would like to sponsor a child.

Bridging School Education Changes Lives

God is doing wonders as we continue to see development and changes in the kids. The centre has some great teachers who invest their time and energy into the kids. We are really seeing these kids growing a strong sense of community and care as they play, laugh and learn together. We started praying before meals, then our older kids began leading prayer, and now some of our younger students also join in to lead the group in saying grace. As we are working with a variety of religions in our centre, we have to be very sensitive to the children’s families religions. We have children from Protestant, Catholic, Hindu and Islam families.

Children Pray

In order to still be able to pray with our kids and teach them to be thankful, we pray to Lord. In Indonesia, they call this general prayer where people pray together but according to their own beliefs. This is an opportunity to open doors to further witnessing as the kids know their leaders are Christians, and they see our examples. Read more about the general happenings in our newsletter above.

Positive Home Changes

Praise be to the Lord Jesus, our wedding is done and our marriage has begun. Yudi and I were so blessed by the amount of people who could attend our ceremony. Thank you all for the well-wishes and prayers from those who could not make it over to Bali. We were so blessed and got the house we were looking at, not far from our church, Bali Life Children’s Home, and our friends. The only downside is, I have a longer trip to and from the Street Centre now. Not complaining, it is beautiful to live outside the city.

Wedding

We also discovered that the tree behind our house is full of juicy limes and when the wind blows, they plop down into our yard and we can use them for our own cooking and to bless others we know. Thank you also to those who gave financial blessings to us as we prepared our wedding and our marriage. We were able to buy a proper fridge – yay! – I can buy groceries and cook meals for us. We were also able to buy a washing machine. Now I can easily wash our clothes without hurting my back if hand-washing. And we save money by not going to a laundry service – double yay!

New Hours

I have reduced the days I spend at the Street Centre since coming back from my six-weeks off. I am in the centre Monday – Wednesday, from around 9:30-4pm. Then Thursday I attend staff meeting and do admin at home, such as updating Bali Life Newsletters and replying emails from volunteers. Friday – Sunday is my three-day weekend. These changes allow me more time to invest in my home and prepare for the coming week. I am, however, being flexible with my Thursdays & Fridays that if there is an event or a visitor I must meet, I can be available to come to the Centre.

 

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Mission in Bali January 2017

Christmas on the Streets

It has been several months since my last mission update. Since taking on the Coordinator role, I find I am not able to update as often as I would like. God has taken me through a journey over last year, especially in the final months. He pushed me harder than I thought possible. I am so blessed with my amazing team to work with the families in the centre and on the streets.

Amazing Team

We now have two full time teachers for our classes: Defry prepares the students for exams and formal education. And Yuli through her firm and gentle ways guides our children into the basics of education. She enables them to learn social skills, respect and the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. Preparing them to advance into Defry’s class with intense studies.

In the Women’s Workshop, we are also blessed with Ibu Netty and Ibu Claudia. Ibu Claudia works part-time, connecting with the women and customers and also being a ‘mother’ for our children. Ibu Netty is a blessing with her organizational skills and creative talents to teach the women new projects.

This year we are working together to create a stronger, supportive program to develop our children’s characters and skills. We believe all children are unique and built with purpose and dignity. We are blessed with this role to mentor and guide them. Every child is a unique creation and we love helping them discover that.

Newsletters

As I also write the Bali Life Quarterly Newsletters, I will start sharing the link to my blog each quarter to save me a double job. This gives an overall update of everything happening in Bali Life, including the Street Centre.

Click the link below or copy/paste into your browser to get a full update of the past three months.

http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=fd3b1eea437c144ec265b10a4&id=ede12ccbb4&e=a9e2d1a622

It was such a blessing to catch up with everyone in Australia and share my engagement news! Thanks for celebrating with me. I know I will be busy this year in preparing for marriage and the next steps in this journey God has for me. I continue to do missions and love seeing how God moves in Bali.

Miracles on the Streets

We have been blessed by five Norwegian girls coming along with hearts to serve Jesus and help out anywhere and in anyway they can. They have been taking turns to come into the streets to minister to and love the street kids in Kuta and Legian who cannot join our centre. God is opening doors to pray for some women and children as well. That is the greatest blessing we can give to them, bringing Jesus to the streets.

The other week we were driving the car into Legian and when we parked, our car engine cut out. We tried to start it again, but the battery was flat. We decided to continue onto the streets to meet the kids and deal with the car afterwards. On return, we prayed for God to fix our car so that we would not have to push-start it. I turned the key in the ignition and Jesus answered our prayers! Our car started as normally as ever before.

God is Faithful

Jesus cares about the little things, as well as the big things. I loved the opportunity to share with the girls as we drove to and from the streets. It’s a blessing to reflect on God’s faithfulness and goodness. I aim to continue seeking his faithfulness this year in all situations.

Lamentations 3

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

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Mission in Bali | July – August 2016

Slum Area Families

At the end of July, Greg, our Street Centre manager resigned from her position and became Bali Life Public Relations. This left the Street Centre in need of a new leader. Piter and Lyna approached me  early July and asked if I would be interested in the role. I took some days to pray and discuss with close friends. I still had (have – even now) some doubts in myself, but I accepted their offer. Now I am no longer teaching street children to read. At least not full time. By God’s leading, I am now coordinator for the Street Centre. I pray that I can be a good leader for the kids and encourage them to strive for their best.

Dress Ups

Dress Ups

Previously the Street Centre managing role consisted of coordinating the school classes and also the women’s workshop. We share a building and work together to help the women and children from the streets and slum areas. Since August, we have split this role. Now we have two women coordinating the women’s workshop: Ibu Claudia and our new staff, Ibu Netty. I am so grateful to have this amazing team to work with in Bali Life Street Centre.

Street Centre Classes

Whilst the mums are working alongside Ibu Claudia and Ibu Netty, the children in Street Centre have a safe, loving place to learn and grow. We now have three classes in our centre.

Bridging School

Bridging School Class

Bridging School Class

Defri, who also assists in admin duties, teaches our first class. This is the class for kids ready to go to formal school. They study for a year in bridging school, join the national tests, and go into formal education after graduation. This year we have five students in Defri’s class who hope to enter formal education next July. We pray that God provides sponsors for them and motivation in their hearts to continue in this opportunity.

Reading Class

Reading Class

Reading Class

Our middle class is full of kids of various ages still learning to read. Some are older than 10 years old. Others are as young as 5 years old. We have a new teacher starting in September for this class, which I previously taught. I am so excited to see when students grow in their abilities in this class. We had success with one student who did not even know all the alphabet last year. He struggled with reading and writing, but he persisted and this year has joined the class with Defri, hoping to go to middle-school, grade 7, next year.

Preschool Class

Preschool Class

Preschool Class

Our final class is for young children under five years old. These children join us while their mums are in the workshop. We are developing the preschool program for them. We want to include age appropriate activities to help them develop their cognitive, social, creative and physical skills, such as puzzles, drawing, story time and group games. I am so grateful for my experience in Family Link Centre to develop my skills for children in this age group. In addition to running the centre, I will coordinate with short-term volunteers and interns to create the activities each day for this group.

Formal Education

Ready for Formal Education

Ready for Formal Education

In addition to the kids that come each day to learn with us from the mornings, we have the kids who graduated from bridging school in June that join us in the afternoons. These kids have been enrolled in a local middle school nearby the centre and several afternoons each week they join Bali Life to check-in with us. We make sure that all is ok, help with homework if needed, and they can join our activities with the other kids in this time as well. All the kids are very happy and excited to be in formal education and making more friends their age. We still have two teenagers waiting for sponsorship through their formal education. If you are interested in sponsoring a child through formal education, or even through bridging school, please let us know. Contact Lyna or myself to find out more.

Maintenance Teams

Since July we have had four amazing maintenance teams come and join our centre, renewing and cleaning various areas. We always appreciate when teams can come in and help with these areas, keeping our centre looking fresh and new, encouraging our children to look after their centre.

Hope Valley

Hope Valley painting our Street Centre

Hope Valley painting our Street Centre

First Hope Valley team from Adelaide came in July. They brought craft and dance activities for our kids and also painted the walls in our classrooms, outer walls and veranda and the main indoor area. The centre looked amazing after their hard work.

Merdeka Outreach

Merdeka Outreach Team

Merdeka Outreach Team

A team from Merdeka Outreach – consisting of 8 people from around the world – America, Europe and Indonesia – came and did a whole lot of cleaning. They helped clean out all the overgrown bushes in the front yard, organise bottles and the shed in the women’s workshop, and organise donated clothes for our storeroom. They also taught our children, played games and taught the kids about toothbrushing hygiene.

Missions Team

A missions team from Georgia, America, were in Bali working alongside another church when they heard about Bali Life. So they came and visited one day and hung out with our kids and heard all about our centre. The team then joined us in our street ministry to reach the kids on the street. You can read more about the amazing work that God did through them in my last post. God is amazing how he brought this team spontaneously into our centre and then could show his love to the kids and mums on the streets, but also encouraged me and the rest of the team in the Street Centre.

Canggu Community School

Canggu School Visits Slum Area

Canggu School Visits Slum Area

A group of 12th graders from Canggu Community School donated their time and energy as part of their school social CAS – Creativity, Action, Service week. These teenagers brought fresh energy to our kids teaching and playing with them. They painted our library, organised our children’s library books, and also managed to give one wall in our office a fresh coat of paint. During the  week I brought some of the students to visit a slum area where some of the families in our centre live. The students reached out to kids in the area who don’t come to the centre but are still in need. They played some games and taught the kids dental hygiene. Each child received a gift – a stationary pack and each family received a hygiene pack consisting of soap, toothbrushes, etc. This is possible because of generous people bringing donations to the Street Centre.

Tree Tops Visit

Tree Tops Visit

At the end of their week, CCS CAS students brought the kids from our bridging school class to Bedugul Tree Tops where the kids had the amazing opportunity to join in and be challenged by the high-ropes climbing course.

Our centre now looks fresh thanks to all the amazing maintenance teams that came and helped out in practical ways. Thank you!!

1 In Devotions

Healing on the Streets

Praying for healing

Each Monday night, the  Bali Life Street Ministry team goes onto the streets of Denpasar and Kuta. We bring food, clothes and games with us. We spend time with the women and children begging and selling bracelets on the streets. A few weeks ago a team from Georgia, America, joined us on the streets.

In Kuta we had a fun time on the beach playing badminton, stickers, chatting, and bringing smiles to the kids. We were already there for sometime and were about to move to our next place in Denpasar to visit other kids and mums. Suddenly, one of the men on the team, Brett Braddy, saw a young pregnant mother sitting with the other mums. He asked if he could pray for her. She agreed and there on the streets, he prayed for her to have a healthy and safe pregnancy and labour.

See his comment in the Facebook photo below.

Praying for pregnancy

Praying over a young pregnant woman

Whilst praying, the other mums and kids looked on. An 11 year old girl whom I often meet selling bracelets asked me, “Can that man heal sick people?”

This was an awesome moment for me. I said to her, “No, that man is just a normal man. But he is praying to our Lord Jesus who has power for healing,” I then asked her if she was feeling unwell. She told me she had a stomachache like gastritis when she was eating. She was too shy to ask him for help.

So I told Brett of her question. He called her to come and said to her, “I cannot heal you, I can pray for you. It is important that you know, it is not me that heals you, but Jesus has the power for healing. I have no power, but Jesus has the power.”

I translated this for her and together we prayed, Brett spoke English and I translated into simple Indonesian so she could understand the prayer. Afterwards I asked her, “How does your stomach feel now?” She said, “Before you prayed, my stomach felt full of gas. But now, that feeling is gone and my stomach feels warm inside.” Brett told me that he also felt the Holy Spirit at work. He felt her stomach muscles moving as he laid hands on her stomach and prayed for healing.

Praying for healing

Praying for healing

Jesus’ power is still at work today.

Read Mark 16:15-20

15 And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. 16 Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. 17 These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages.[e] 18 They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”

19 When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 20 And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.