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Boundaries and Rules for Protection

boundaries

Whilst in worship during a recent time of fasting, God revealed to me that one of the practical ways I can worship Jesus, is by not doing things that will potentially lead me into sin. Creating boundaries of protection to keep me from sinfulness.

I saw an image of my old high school. When I started in the school, the school boundary was laid out by some low walls around the premises, some parts not even walled. Easy for people to jump over. About a year after I began, the school put up high fences, realigning the boundaries. Kids commented that the school was fenced in like a jail. In reality, the fences were put up to keep people out. To keep people out during school hours who may potentially want to harm children. Also to keep away people outside of school hours who would desire to damage school property.

God’s Boundaries

God’s rules are much like that fence. When we have the wrong attitude about his boundaries, we may think that Jesus wants to keep us trapped. In reality, Jesus knows that without rules and boundaries, we allow the enemy to come in and bring danger to us. He wants to tempt us and bring harm to us.

Jesus explains in John 10:10, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (NLT)

When we understand the purpose of Jesus’ rules for us, we embrace them. We know it is for our protection for an abundant life (ESV). Any playing against the rules just serves to let the enemy in and bring us harm.

The best way we can worship Jesus is through obeying him. Stay in the boundaries of protection and enjoy the freedom in Jesus, away from harm. How can we obey him? By growing in knowledge of what the Bible says about these things. Daily Bible reading is key to knowing God’s will and his word. It is through consistent growth of knowledge that we can obey Him.

Psalm 119

How can a young man keep his way pure?
    By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you;
    let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
    that I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord;
    teach me your statutes!
13 With my lips I declare
    all the rules[c] of your mouth.
14 In the way of your testimonies I delight
    as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts
    and fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes;
    I will not forget your word.

(Click the link above to read the full Psalm)

Lord Jesus, Thank you for your boundaries of love to bring me protection and an abundant life. Help me worship you by living in obedience to your Word each day. Amen

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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!!

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Adrienne’s Mission in Bali | July – August 2015

Spelling Game

I have been thinking these past few months about education. Well, this would seem natural, being in a teaching position. The other week I read in the Word, “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” (James 3:1). I giggle at myself because I, like most of us I think, do not like being judged for my job. Yet, here I am, teaching, and judged more strictly for it. Education is such an important part of life, someone once told me that we learn something new every day. I was in middle school when I heard this, and naturally I thought this was talking about education in school. As I’m growing up, I’ve remembered that phrase and I realise, education and learning is not always from the classroom.

Every day I can learn something, about the world, about the people around me, about God, and about myself. However, the majority of what I learn is because I have learned something else previously. I can build upon what I already know. One of the most important things we can gain education in is the written word. When I was studying at Bible college, one of my teachers liked to remind us, “Give a man a fish, you’ll feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, you’ll feed him for a lifetime.” So these past two months have been most rewarding as I have settled in my new role at Bali Life Street Centre.

Four Rs: Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmatic, Respect.

Learning brings purpose
In my class we have four regular students. Their ages are 5 years old, 7 years old, 11years old, and 14 years old, and then on occasion, more students join to learn, too. Why such a wide age-range? Because their education level is the same – i.e.: Grade 1. Sure, it’s cute when a 7year old learns to read and you can listen to them stumble over new words and definitely feel pride in how they have learned, and great to watch a five year old counting toys as he learns addition – beyond counting his fingers on two hands. However, one of the most rewarding parts of this job for me is when the eleven and fourteen year olds can read, and read with confidence. I began teaching them sight words early in my time here, so they weren’t sounding out every single word, but able to see a word and immediately know what it was. Through learning to read, these children are able to walk into a whole new world of learning.

Seeds of Life

If a child can learn to read, he or she can learn anything. As long as there is something written in a language he or she knows. Teach a child to read and he can learn his entire life. However, as James points out, being a teacher is not an easy job. It’s a role of responsibility and leadership. It’s a humbling feeling to have children look up to me as a mentor, and knowing that I can help them. But our centre is more than just teaching kids to read and write, or how to pass into middle school. We teach character. Some of these kids have been brushed aside, by their parents and others in authority, forgotten by society, ignored. At the street centre, we have the opportunity to sow seeds of life. We’re teaching children that they are loved, respected, and have a purpose. Also teaching them how to love and respect others. Aside from the kids in my class, we also have teens and preteens who have dropped out of school. These kids do know how to read and write. They want to further their education in order to complete the national test to enter middle school or high school. Every day we learn something. I’m glad to be able to teach reading, writing and arithmetic, but respect, character and morals take these kids a whole lot further into their future. Mostly it comes through leading by example, which is a big deal. I get to show them that they are important. They have value, respect and purpose in life.

What I learned on holidays

Sepeda

In July I had the opportunity to go to Java for a holiday with some teens from our children’s home. Whilst it was a fun, relaxing four day holiday, I also had the opportunity for learning. On the way to our destination, we went up a mountain. On the side of the mountain, I heard a shout. At first I thought they were peddlers trying to sell things, and then I asked our host about it. She told me they were kids and elderly begging. I saw the kids and elderly were dropped off at the mountain each day to beg as cars, bikes, buses and trucks drove past. Then I noticed people literally throwing small change out their windows, and kids running into the road, dodging cars, bikes, buses and trucks, to retrieve that money.

Everywhere in Indonesia needs help. These kids would not be on the streets if they were in education. These kids would not be risking their lives on the side of a mountain if they were in a class room, learning. Bali Life motto is Hope, Dignity and Purpose. These children and women do not have much dignity in their life of begging. It’s the same whether it’s in Bali or Java or wherever. Begging isn’t dignified, and it’s not living out their purpose. I am glad to teach the kids I can, to read and write, but it also opens up their mind to think about their purpose and give them hope for a life of dignity. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “I know the plans I have for you, plans…to give you hope and a future.” Their life has purpose and hope.

Life of Purpose

Story Time

Stories for character development with K’Riska

The other week I was teaching the kids a social studies subject and something came up along the lines of occupations. That brought up every child, at least in the west, likes to talk about: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Another way of asking this is, “What is your future desire?” My two young students wanted to be a doctor and a police officer. My older kids said they wanted to go into middle school.

Purpose on Streets?

Last week I was on the street and meeting with some other kids who do not come to our centre, and I was talking with a twelve year old boy. He said he went to school in grade 1, but dropped out and can only read a little bit. So I asked him the same question I had asked the kids in the centre, his answer broke my heart.

He said he didn’t have a future desire. Upon further questioning, he said he used to want to be a police officer, but now felt he couldn’t do that. I encouraged him to come to school with me to read and write, and encouraged him that there are other kids his age who are learning at the same level as him. He was really eager to come, unfortunately, the next day he didn’t show up. Perhaps his parents did not want him to come, or he was shy. Nevertheless, I remember him and will invite him again when I see him next. Bringing this back around, the children in our centre can begin to think about their future, seeing hope for their future. I feel so full to teach them, but I am aware there are so many more who are still not reached with education.

 Praise Points
*Every day God’s grace and protection keep me safe here. Especially as I’m on the roads with children on my bike to take them to and from school
*We have a new Indonesian teacher three days a week for our older class. To teach them and help them pass their national exam to enter formal education
*Our children are growing in their characters and growing dreams for their future
*More projects for our women to continue creating products and earn their income in the Women’s Workshop
Prayer Requests
*The children who do not yet attend can come to school and learn
*God’s continued protection and presence in my life here
*Continued strength, health and safety to teach these children
*VISA approval continues
Blessings in Christ,
Adrienne Stone
Contact Details
Check out more info at www.balilife.org
Or their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/balilife
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Adrienne’s Mission in Bali | May – June 2015

SunShine
Friends
As I sit to write to you, I am in awe of how much God has done in me. Not only these past two months, but also this past year. For it has now been one year of ministry and service in Bali. One thing I am reminded of in life is: Seasons come and go. It is great to see that as life comes to a crossroads of change, God brings other people into our path to bring everything together. He never leaves something incomplete.
Thank you to all who have supported me and travelled along this journey with me. I have learned so much in my time here. With God’s help, the Women’s Centre has grown and impacted many women. Thank you for all who prayed for my trip to Singapore. I had a safe trip and found a gorgeous café where I could just sit and rest and read for 3 hours. Exactly what my tired body needed. I then wandered down the road and found a park with some gorgeous trees. I even spotted two squirrels running up trees, but they were so fast I could not get a photo of them. Even though it was a short trip, it was refreshing, and God showed me he’s looking after me in it all. I even met someone to share a taxi back to the airport for my return flight, which really helped with paying the fare. It’s the small things that we can look back on and know we are never alone, even when we may know no one else in the entire country.
Children

Women’s Centre

We welcomed in Ibu Monika and two of children – Ing and Igo – mid-May. Monika’s husband passed away a year ago due to an infection and insufficient medical treatment. One of Monika’s relatives joined us for lessons at Bali Life and told Ibu Monika about our program here. This gave Ibu Monika hope for her children and her future. She got on a boat and travelled for four days to get here. When they arrived, her children, Ing and Igo were shy, withdrawn and would barely eat or speak. Almost two months later, they are funny, smiley, happy kids, with extreme appetites for food and for life. Ibu Monika has started English, sewing, computer and counselling classes throughout the week, all part of gaining skills to find a job and put her on a path to independence. When Monika came here, she left her oldest son – Andre, 13years old – with her relatives, so he could finish his school year and get his report. He will join us in the beginning of July and enrol for middle school with the other Bali Life kids as well as his younger siblings. We pray this is a happy reunion for their family and that Andre settles into the Bali Life Women’s Centre Home with ease.

Community Outreach

Women's Hair Styles

We have finished teaching English at Goa Gong, but once a week Sue or Feny join our volunteer, Ellen, to another community in Bayu to teach English again and build relationship with these women so they can know about our centre and the safe place of learning that we offer. Through our relationship with the women in Goa Gong, two boys have joined us for learning some basic education skills with Feny twice a week. Through these lessons, they will gain the foundation of learning so that they can be accepted into formal school and be set on a path to a brighter future.

In June, we had a visit from a husband and wife – Michael and Cheryl – from Women's Hair StylesSydney, and they blessed our women with haircuts and new styles. The mum of one of our boys who come for lessons, Ibu Adel, is usually a very quiet, withdrawn girl and lacking in confidence. I was able to pick her up and bring her for a haircut that day, thanks to the independence from having my own transport. After getting her new hair cut, Sue found a dress that had been donated, and it fit her perfectly. When she looked into the mirror, she exclaimed in surprise, “I’m beautiful.” The girl who climbed on my bike in the morning, climbed off it completely transformed and confident that afternoon when I brought her home. Thank you for regular donations that help us build confidence and smiles in these women.

KidZone

Children's English Class
I was looking over my records last month and we have over 70 different children that have come into our centre for lessons and games since July 2014 until June 2015. That is such an opportunity for impacting these children. I am so proud of how much these kids have learned in English. I said in my last newsletter that I can really see the difference in kids that come all the time and the ones who come only sometimes, or have joined us more recently. More than that, though, KidZone opens a place for kids to have fun, share experiences, participate in group activities, and gain confidence and build friendships. These past few weeks our second class has grown with more students. I am excited to see this program continue growing and making an impact in the community. The Women’s Centre has been blessed with Elinor, from Sweden, volunteering her weeks with us these past three months. She has been helping teach, play games, and just being a happy presence in this Centre for the women and children to connect with through KidZone time.

Street Kids Ministry

Street MinistryMonday evenings I join the street ministry team to meet children and mums begging on the streets. We bring food and fun for the kids, talk with the mums, and pray and bring medicine for anyone who is sick, but the real purpose of our visits is to invite them to the Street Centre. At the Street Centre, children can learn to read and write and further their education. Mums Street Ministrycan work, making handicrafts for various businesses we have contact with, and earn a daily income. Through the ministry at the street centre, we get children off the streets. We can influence them with a greater sense of purpose and well-being and hope for their future.
Children

Visiting a Village

Through these visits, we have been able to build close relationships with some of these families. In May they invited us to their home in their village for a birthday ceremony for one of their kids. We woke early and drove up for 3 hours to their village. Up dirt-roads in mountains, then had to park the car and walk or get motor bikes down narrow roads the rest of the way. It was beautiful to see how simple their home is, one-two room buildings, dirt floors. Cooking with a pot on a fire and taking water from a well.  They did have electricity. They seemed to have so little in comparison to what we have but they share everything with smiles and joy. I am looking forward to our next invite to see them all again.

Street Centre

Children's Education

Through my visits each Wednesday helping at the street centre, I just fell in love with those kids and mums. I grew a vision for how to help grow the lessons and program there. See the kids in school, off the streets, breaking the cycle of poverty for them. I prayed and talked with mentors and as of June 15th, my ministry in Bali Life has moved from Ungasan with the Children’s Home and Women’s Centre, to Denpasar, working with the Street Centre.

We have two classes, and I teach the younger, or lower level, students. I am teaching letter-sound recognition and joining letters together to make words, and forming letters and words on paper. Also some mathematics – number symbols, counting, addition and subtraction, and other basic level math. I also teach English to the mums and kids in both classes each week. We also hope to bring more to the program by including some more character-building activities. We’ll play group games, share stories, and sing songs. All to impart into the children on a deeper level than just regular education.

Kids Painting

Children enjoy painting and drawing with part-time volunteers who visit us

Final Wishes for Women’s Centre

I have not just left the Women’s Centre lessons with nothing, KidZone will continue with other volunteers. Ellen has been teaching these past two weeks and when she goes home, we have other volunteers ready. Sue also teaches the women English. I am glad for my part in the Women’s Centre this past year, but I feel my time is completed. More women from the community know the centre. More women will continue to know of it through word of mouth and the Holy Spirit bringing people in. I am so excited for this next path on my journey. Looking forward to what this next year will bring, what God will teach me and where he will lead me.
Praise Reports
*Health and safety in all my travels. This is always a big prayer need because without health and safety I cannot do what I do. So thank you for always praying for me in this area.
*I have a new place to stay which is really close to the centre
*My transition into the centre is going well and settling into the routine there
*Chances to impact people like Ibu Adel and Ibu Monika and their children
Prayer Requests
*More children come into the centre
*More volunteers come to share their skills and teach at the Women’s Centre, Children’s Home and Street Centre
*Continued opportunity for going to the villages and making connection with families
*Opportunities to pray with the children and women
*That I may be a vessel bringing God’s love to these children and mums
*Strength as I continue ministering in the Street Centre
Contact Details
Check out more info at www.balilife.org
Or their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/balilife
Blessings in Christ,

 

Adrienne Stone
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Adrienne’s Mission in Bali | March – April 2015

Reading
FriendsThank you to all who have been praying for me. My health is restored to what it was before. No pains, upset tummy, flu or anything else for over a month, except a minor burn on the exhaust pipe. I know that God is always watching out for me. The other day I was reading in Proverbs and it says, “Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor, will himself call out and not be answered.” I believe that we can read this in reverse and know that when we do hear, (and respond to) the cry of the poor, God will answer our prayers.

Children’s Home English

Children's English Class
Saturday mornings are continually fun as the kids are learning and growing in their English. It seems that March and April have been full of assessments for me as I complete sections of English with some of my classes. These are informal assessments which I use to overview what the kids have learned so far and what else they need to be learning about our extremely complex English language. Even though my head hurts as I read over writings and ask the same questions again and again, I cannot help but smile as the kids, who first sat down nervously, realise that they do know English and can answer, quite confidently, what it is I ask. Our higher level classes with children and staff are learning more about grammar, to help them create clear written English and understand more complex sentence formats that we have together. Think about it, a language that does not have a different word for he/she/her/him/his/hers and rarely uses terms for “the/a” now learning to add these in the correct places and correct gender pronouns, it can be quite confusing for the kids at times, but they learn extremely well together.

KidZone English and Games

Children's English Class
In April I have also had time for assessing the kids that join our English class each week. It is great seeing how much they really have learned and how they can understand some basic conversational English skills. Throughout this year, there have been some kids who come consistently every week and others who may skip a week or two if something else is happening. As I was assessing them, I noticed that it wasn’t necessarily the older kids or “brighter” kids who did better, but it was the kids who did come consistently and ready to learn.
Children's Group Games

The other day I was talking with a Mum who brings her daughter in to learn and she said, “What will we do if you go back to Australia? My daughter loves coming here to learn and play with her friends.” It’s little testimonies like that, which keep me motivated for doing what I do, even when I am tired from a busy week. The kids also continue to learn painting, origami and drawing on a Friday with Tania, and our volunteers, Elli and Ellen bring some fun games that they know to create more excitement and fun.

Street Centre

 Usually I have Wednesdays off, but these past few weeks I have taken the opportunity to go to the Bali Life Street Centre. I love seeing what is happening there with the kids and mums. For those who may not know, this Centre is located in Denpasar, about an hour away from my place, and provides work opportunities for mums and education for children, who would otherwise be begging on the streets or digging through trash to find things to sell. I would love to spend more time with them, but once a week is what I have for now. It is great to see the kids as they develop in character and attitude.

World Street Kids’ Day

Children's Performance

Bali Life held their annual World Street Kid’s Day fundraising event in April and the kids from the Centre performed some songs and dances with amazing skills. Think about it, kids from the street and trash sorting, have got the opportunity to learn and build on skills and perform in front of people. I am so proud of Bali Life and the Street Centre Team for making a difference for these kids.

Street Ministry

Monday nights we continue going to the streets to encourage the mums to come for work – creating handicrafts out of glass bottles and other recyclable materials, and the kids to come for school. There have been a few times I have been able to talk with some older girls (about 11-14 years old) and ask if they have dreams for their futures. One girl wants to be a dentist, some others want to be teachers or vets. I pray that they can come to the Street Centre and off the street so they can get the education they deserve. Education can bring fulfilment for these kids’ dreams. This past week, I was at the Street Centre and there were eight new children who came. There are two classes at the Street Centre.

Classes for Street Children

Learning at Street Centre

One class is with older kids learning science, mathematics and other late primary-middle school topics. The other class is for younger kids and kids still learning to read and write. I was helping to teach this class and one of the new boys who came was ten years old. He could not even write his own name. It was really difficult for me, reflecting how my own ten year old sister can read, write, dance, create, do mathematics and has learned so much, whilst this little boy cannot even spell his own name. Where is the equality? I showed him how to form the letters and he spent about a half hour copying each letter of his name eight times onto the page. He was so proud of himself and the happiness in his eyes makes me get teary as I write and think about this.

Women’s English, Sewing and Computers

Women's Sewing Class
The Women’s Centre is filling up with women most days as they come to different lessons each day. The English group has also just completed their conversational unit and are now moving onto some basic grammar points, to help them recognise and form questions and sentences in conversations. The women who come say they love having the women’s centre offer training because they have never had the opportunity to learn in an environment like this before. In addition to making the Days for Girls packs, our intermediate sewing class has just learned how to cut and stitch a skirt, a basic pattern. Something the women are able to bring home and use for themselves with a sense of achievement to say,
Women's Computer Class

“I have skills, I made this.”

The computer class with Jen is also filling up. Women share our two computers and laptop. They’re learning how to create and save word documents. It’s great for them to learn and grow basic skills, which can help them get employment in the future.

 Community English Classes

We continue going to Goa Gong each week, but we will complete our English course with them in early May. We’ll continue to visit with them every few weeks to keep community. They all enjoy coming to our monthly workshops and singing together for the other women who come. Some are eager to continue learning English at the Women’s Centre. We hope they will come to learn computers and sewing with us, too. Sue and Feny have found a new community of women to teach English. Through classes we can introduce them to the women’s centre, as we have done with Goa Gong. So it is great to see our contacts expand. More people can know about us. More people can receive help and training for better futures.

Live In Program

After an evening of street ministry at the end of March, Piter met a girl nearby our place. She was hiding in some long grass. She told us she had run away from a home where she was the household help. We believe she was the subject of human trafficking. She had no identification and had come to Bali from another island. We offered her to stay with us for a safe place. We hoped to help her gain some skills and education for employment opportunities and set her on a path of independence. Unfortunately, after almost a month at the Women’s Centre, she decided to leave us. This was a sad moment for us when we found out she had gone, leaving a note of thanks. We continue to pray for her and know that God will watch over her on her journey.

Passports and Visas

You may have seen. I had a testing point when my passport got torn up by the dog. I have now received a new passport. In the middle of May I will be doing a visa-run to Singapore. I will return quickly to Bali to continue ministry here with women and kids.
Praise Reports
*Health is restored and safety has been constant.
*God continues moving through Bali Life to impact women and children
*More volunteers are coming to share in the vision of Bali Life for the disadvantaged children and women in Bali
*Our Street Kid’s Fundraiser went off well. Kids and mums had a great time. Money was raised to extend our programs at the Street Centre.
*Changes in the kids at the Street Centre
*Changes in the kids at the Children’s Home
Prayer Requests
*My passport comes back in time
*My next visa is approved without a problem
*Flights and travel is safe and smooth
*Children and women continue coming to the street centre and off the streets
*Women and children continue learning at the women’s centre
Contact Details
Check out more info at www.balilife.org
Or their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/balilife
Blessings in Christ,
Adrienne Stone