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0 In Mission in Bali

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 | 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!!

0 In Devotions

Love in ice tea

ice tea

The other day I was at a parent-teacher information day for some kids who have enrolled in formal education. One of the parents of one of the kids enrolled in the school sat with me. When the students had their lunch break, I observed most of the students just walked past the group of parents without acknowledgment. But two of the students enrolled from our foundation, upon seeing us, waved from the distance, and then one by one sat down with us to greet us.

One student, the child of the mother sitting with me, had bought some rice for his lunch. He also brought along some ice tea. He then proceeded to pass the ice tea to me and say it was for me. Why would he do that? He cannot even afford to pay for his own education. He lives near a garbage site and his dad works sorting out garbage to pay for their meals each day. Yet he showed the greatest love to me that day, giving what he could: a simple drink of ice tea.

2 Corinthians 8:12 “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.”

Teh Gelas

It’s not about giving a lot; it’s about giving out of the little that you can. Show that you appreciate someone. Show that you want to help someone. I know I felt more love receiving that from him and his ice tea, than if I’d won $50 from a random scratchy. Life means a lot more when we build relationships with others. Sure, the $50 could go further than the ice tea, but there’s no love in it. What are you doing in life to show love to others around you? When was the last time you felt love from another? Give with love.

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Adrienne’s Mission in Bali | January – April 2016

Children at KFC Playground

Increase

This year I hit the ground running on arrival back from Australia. In Australia I had a great time for relaxing and refreshing. God is so good in all he provides for me. This year in Children's Educationthe Street Centre we have seen an increase. Increase in children, increase in mums, increase in donations. All this, stretching us to increase how much we can bless those we are serving. He knows before we do our every need, so I am learning to trust more in his sovereignty and provision.

Kuta Street Ministry

Children's Increase Health Class
Every Monday night we go onto the streets of Kuta and Denpasar and minister to the mums and kids begging. In Kuta we see mums sitting by as their children try to sell leather bracelets. The mums have sew these together during the day. The kids are not in school and the mums sell these as a way to earn their income. We bring them food and play games with the kids and give them
Children's Group Gamesa break from their work. It is great having this connection with them. I’d love for these kids to also be able to join us for school, except their location is far from our street centre. Travel to get there is not doable at this time.

Increase Love in Community

We had the opportunity to go to the community that these women and children live. Bringing some of the donations our centre has received. We brought hygiene packs, and our interns did a tooth brushing demonstration for the kids to learn about healthy teeth and fresh breath. We also brought books, pencils, and clothes, and packs for the mums we visit, too. The clothes were handed out and many women and children from the streets and community were blessed with a shirt, as well. The kids we visited in Kuta were also blessed with a rice and chicken lunch in KFC.  Thanks to our interns running a fundraiser event before they came. The KFC in Kuta we went to has an indoor playground and the kids had an absolutely fun time being able to play and climb and slide and have the fun of being kids. Bali does not have many playgrounds for children. These children would never have the opportunity to go somewhere with a playground if they’d not joined.

Denpasar Street Ministry

Street Ministry
There are three spots we visit in Denpasar as well. In Denpasar, the women sit by while the children walk between cars, motorbikes and buses stopped at traffic lights and ask for money from the drivers. At one of these places, we have really made some impact and most of the women and children in this place join our centre for school and women for work almost every day. Another place in Denpasar we connected with some women and children and the children were allowed to come to school for about a week and a half, but after that, they stopped. We’ll continue visiting them on the streets and inviting them to school and their mums to work. If we can get the women to work and have enough handicrafts to make, our vision is that they will no longer be on the streets. The children will be able to focus on school, the women will be able to earn an income, and the generational begging will end and the next generation will see children receiving their basic rights of being able to learn and play and grow in a safe, secure environment.

Learning to Read

Children's Education
My learning to read class has also expanded and now we split the class into two groups. One with students still learning the basics of joining letter sounds together to create words. The second class is the students that have been in longer, or had some previous education, and can read, but now learning to read more complex words, increase their writing abilities and also
Children's Educationadd mathematics, science, and social studies to their education.

Passion for Life

This month we have welcomed a new teacher and admin staff for our centre. Defry has made a good connection with the kids and even with no previous teaching experience, he has helped these kids grow and making a connection with them even in a short time.
We are preparing every day for our World Street Kid’s Day fundraiser. The kids will be singing a song, empowering them about becoming anything great in their futures. This has been a big theme I have been talking with my students about in classes this past year. The kids can share with me how they want to be teachers, cooks, professional soccer players, or some students still working out where their passions lie and have many different ideas of what they might like to become. It is great seeing these kids have dreams for becoming anything great, and through providing them with education, I hope I can see some of these dreams come to fruition.
These kids found a cricket bug in the long grass and spent ages watching it and learning

These kids found a cricket bug in the long grass and spent ages watching it and learning

Preschool Class and Games

We also have many young children in our centre five years old and under. These children come with their mums who come for work. So that the women can concentrate on their work, we provide the young children with activities to keep them busy, but also to help them learn. Through puzzles, fun memory card games, songs, stories, building with Lego,
Children's Group Games

drawing, playing with toy cars, these kids are given many opportunities for development they would not receive staying in their impoverished homes all day where they may just have a stick and some dirt to play with – though I don’t underestimate the learning and creativity that can happen with nature, either. Through participating in these activities, the children are learning social skills such as sharing, waiting for their turn, creativity, cognitive development (thinking skills and problem solving) and becoming more settled in their environment and connecting with staff and each other.

Settling in

Children CreatingJust last week I was observing a brother (5years) and sister (3years). They have just been in the centre a few weeks and I observed that in the beginning they wouldn’t leave their mum in the workshop, then slowly they’d go through the rest of the centre, but doing their own thing – like running around or taking something another child had. Now I see them participating in games, and spending time colouring in a picture for a long period of time, experimenting with using different colours, or covering their entire picture in red, then going from person to person with his picture looking for approval to see if he has done a good job, whereas before he would not show interest in drawing, or even what others thought of his work.

Developing Characters

These are the opportunities that we can see that we provide our children with, as they come into the centre. It’s more than just teaching reading and writing. More than just feeding them. It’s developing their characters and showing them a new world. We’re developing their minds to think about something bigger that maybe they would never have thought possible before.
Sometimes in the craziness of life I can get caught up in the day to day routines and organising outings, visitors and events. Within that, there are the little moments, like observing new children settle in the centre. It’s joy to see a child read a word they’ve been struggling with. And always giving – and receiving – hugs. These little moments are what remind me why I started here in the first place: To bring God’s love and joy to these children.
Praise Points
  • Always thank God that we have many children and women in the centre.
  • Always praise God for my sponsors, faithfully giving each month and helping me to stay here, serving these people in Bali
  • I had an accident the other week and whilst I may not always praise God that I fell. I can praise God that apart from some bruised knees and sore back – which I hope a massage will fix – I have walked away without injury. God always looks after me.
  • Amazing staff and friends in Bali Life that I work here with
Prayer Requests
  • Safety in my time here
  • New friendships growing stronger in Global church that I can have support network here in Bali
  • Children that we have been visiting on the streets can come back to the centre and be off the streets
  • Children continue growing their dreams and desires for their futures
  • World Street Kid’s Day fundraiser event is a success. We get the funding we need for our centre for another year
Contact Details
Check out more info at www.balilife.org
Or their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/balilife
 Blessings in Christ,
Adrienne Stone
Children Creating

Drawing animals at Sanur Festival

He found a hermit crab on the beach

He found a hermit crab on the beach

Climbing trees in Kuta

Climbing trees in Kuta

Children at KFC Playground

Children at KFC Playground