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0 In Mission in Bali

Adrienne’s Mission in Bali | April – June 2016

Children
Children
The Street Centre just continues growing all year. I am so happy to see the kids continue coming and learning. Over the past 6 months we have had 60 different kids come into our centre. That is 60 kids given a chance for education, food, a safe place to play, and a place to receive love. We also have twenty women joining our women’s workshop. On average 25-30 kids come each day as not every woman and child will come every day, but the spreading impact we have over these women and children through Bali Life Foundation is worth it.

International Children’s Day

Children, teenagers
We had a fundraiser for international children’s day in the children’s home. This fundraiser goes towards the running costs of the street centre for another year. The kids did me proud as thirty children joined the event and sung “Hall of Fame” by the script, not all of them knew ALL the words, but they could all sing “I can be a champion” again and again in the bridge. And that’s really what we’re teaching these kids, they CAN achieve their dreams. They can become what they set their hearts on. The only difference between these kids and any other kid is opportunity. What opportunities kids in Australia get for free education, government assistance, food care programs, and pensions, all these things go so far. Bali has none of that. These kids don’t get free education, but through the support and sponsorship of people who care, doors of opportunity are flung wide open, where before they were locked tight.

Graduation into formal education

Graduation
In June four of our kids (wearing medals) completed bridging school. Three completed their primary education and ready to go into grade 7 and the other completed middle school and ready to go into high school – grade 10. This opportunity is only possible because of the sponsors and teachers they have to put them into bridging school and bring them their education. Their next steps into formal education is such a big opportunity waiting for them, we pray for people with open hearts, who see the value of education and opportunity for these kids, that they can have brighter futures because of the opportunity education and training can afford them.

Visitors

It’s always great when visitors and volunteers come to our centre. Not only do many of them bring a gift which goes towards either bringing work to our mums, education opportunities to our children, or food and medical donations, they also get to see firsthand the work we are doing, go back to their homes and share about the work we do here. Thank you everyone who comes, bringing donations, and sharing in the vision we have for making change to these women and children.

Testimonies

I’d like to share some testimonials from the kids I work with here in the street centre and also on the street visits.
Street Ministry
One day in June I was on the streets in Kuta and playing with some kids on the beach like usual. It was almost time for us to leave and we were going to take the kids to their homes first. Suddenly a young girl, 11 years old, gave me a big hug and said, “I love you and think of you like my big sister.” Even though I just see her once a week for a couple hours on the streets, it’s a simple thing on my part, but means so much to her.
Children's Education
Another girl, 7 years old, in the centre was sitting having a quiet time with me and Gregoria. Greg turned and asked her, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” She said, “A teacher.” Greg asked again, as she is in my class, “Like K’Adrienne?” This little one nodded and smiled shyly.
For me, it’s not about wanting kids to be like me, they can be whatever they want and whoever they want. But this totally warmed my heart because before learning in the street centre, maybe she’d never know what it’s like to read and write. Maybe she’d never know what it’s like to dream about something for her future, not only that, but over this year I have seen a change in her as she comes regularly now to classes and is excited each day to come when I pick her up for school. So thank you to all who support me and who support Bali Life, that we can be here and help these kids dream something and know a different life.

Singapore

Singapore
Aside from everything happening in the Street Centre these past months, at the end of June I had to take another trip to Singapore for my visa. This time I was accompanied by Ika and Mey. Ika and Mey, for those who don’t know, are staff in the children’s home, and my long-time friends. We made a holiday out of my trip, did some site-seeing to Little India and stayed in Chinatown. And we also went to Universal Studios and had an absolute ball. The girls made me go on the scary spin-you-upside-down rollercoaster that I’d thought I’d never-ever go on, and it was fun and freeing to just go and scream and let it out. Thank you to those who came and supported me with financial gifts helping me out on this trip, you know who you are. I appreciate it. And yes, I am back for another six-month period with my new visa.
Thanks to all who continue supporting me and helping me in Bali Life. Thank you also to all who continue praying for me. I did fall ill for a few days before Singapore, but thankfully restored to health now. Continue praying for my health, the kids, the mums, and the staff in all departments of Bali Life, and I pray that God continues blessing all those who support and sponsor Bali Life Foundation.
God bless you all,
Adrienne Stone
Contact Details
Check out more info at www.balilife.org
Or their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/balilife

Children's Education

Children's Group Games
Staff
Children
Children
0 In Mission in Bali

Adrienne’s Mission in Bali | January – February 2015

KidZone Games
Happy New Year! And what a year it is turning out to be. At the Women’s Centre we had two weeks break from lessons to refresh and prepare for our new year. We believe this year is a year of growth and reaching even further into the community as a Centre. So far we are seeing growth in all our areas. I was concerned that if we stopped classes over Christmas, we’d find it difficult to get people involved again. It has turned out to be quite the opposite. When we started again, the women and kids were eager to come back. Through word of mouth, more women and kids have come to join lessons at the Women’s Centre. We are so blessed to be reaching even more people this year. We see this will grow even more as this year unfolds. Sometimes people ask me to describe a typical day at the Centre. There is no typical day, but a typical week is what we aim for. We made a schedule for lessons and activities for women and kids.

Women’s English

Women's English

Women’s English

I have now been teaching women for 7 weeks this year. Each week we have seen growth and new women joining, eager to learn. We have a new learning environment, using the main area of the house. Thank you Opa Rob for the new whiteboard mounted up. We also had to get more desks for our students as we quickly outgrew the nine we had available. We now have 18 women coming to learn each Tuesday evening at our centre.

Goa Gong English

Women learning in Guagong

Women learning in Guagong

Each Tuesday afternoon we also continue going to the community at Goa Gong and teaching women there. Last year we started these classes and had 5 women to teach. This year we are continuing those lessons, and more women are coming, as more move into the neighbourhood and they invite their friends along. Last week we had TEN women learning in their home. It is exciting to see how our classes are doubling this year, and it’s only February.

Learning Reading, Writing, Arithmetic

Children's Education Class

Children’s Education Class

Through our lessons at Goa Gong, we met 7 years old Luis, who does not go to school. We invited him to come and learn to read, write and learn some basic mathematics with Feny, our Women’s Centre coordinator. He was so shy at first, but now he comes in with a huge smile on his face. He told us about another friend of his who doesn’t go to school. So we had a desire to help this little boy and that one-on-one tutoring has grown. Now we have 3 boys, between 5 and 8 learning on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

Sewing Teacher for Sewing Classes

Sewing Teacher

Sewing Teacher

 We are so excited to have Junio (JP), join our team at the women’s centre. She comes each Thursday to teach our women sewing skills, now we have two lessons each Thursday afternoon. An early one with women learning basic sewing skills with Ibu Ndari, who began learning at some other sewing workshops we had, and another class after that with JP, with women learning more skills, soon they will be learning to make some skirts, and “Days for Girls Packs” (women’s hygiene pads) that we can then give out to some of the women we work with in low economic situations. Read about the packs here: www.daysforgirls.com
Women's Centre Bali Life

Women’s Centre Bali Life

Workshops and a Safe Place

On the last Saturday of each month we hold a workshop where we have guest speakers come and share some skills with the women. In January we had a makeup workshop and 24 women came. Our February workshop was focused on craft, and the women had the opportunity to learn how to make some accessories, such as hair ties, they are

excited to learn skills they can use to make and sell in their homes.

Story Time

Story Time

In these workshops, I run a kid’s program, (aged from 18months- 8years old), with games, stories and songs, while their mums are learning. Through these workshops, Sue also shares about our other classes and our live-in program, to help women with difficult situations have a safe place to stay and a chance to learn and find work.  

The evening after our workshop in January, we had a woman show up with her two children very upset because of problems at her home. She stayed with us a week, then decided to go back home to her husband, she continues to come each week to learn English, sewing, and have counselling as she builds trust and shares with us. Her son also joins the class each week with Feny We continue praying for her and her marriage, that she may make amends with her husband and they can have a healthy relationship.

BaliLife Women's Centre

BaliLife Women’s Centre

 

 KidZone English

KidZone English, Bali Life Foundation

KidZone English, Bali Life Foundation

Our KidZone English classes took off running and now we have 50 kids on our attendance list! We definitely enjoy classes in the bigger space and Thursdays are busy, fun and full of energy at the Women’s Centre. In March we are splitting into two groups, Grades 1, 2, 3 first class (2.30-4pm) then afterwards straight up for Grades 4, 5 and 6 (4pm-5.30) to create more space for learning as the kids continue coming and inviting their friends.

We originally started KidZone by inviting kids from a school around the corner from our centre, handing out brochures to them and their parents as they were leaving, but through some of our other programs, we have grown and a lot more kids are coming from another school nearby and others from different schools in the area as kids share with their neighbours and friends and we continue growing through the great testimony of word of mouth.

KidZone Games

KidZone Games

KidZone Games

Each Friday we also have about 30 kids coming for KidZone games. We use these opportunities to share stories and songs and just have fun with the kids. We also have a volunteer, Tanya, from Russia here teaching the kids some painting skills. She is showing them new ways to make patterns and designs, the kids have enjoyed  that this past month. They also enjoyed a couple of weeks with some volunteers from Norway. This team was able to teach us some new games. The kids loved them and even now continue to request to play. We hope to continue providing more activities as more volunteers come sharing their skills and fresh ideas.

Bali Life English

BaliLife Foundation English Class

BaliLife Foundation English Class

Each week I also go to the Children’s Home to teach English to the kids there. We farewelled Melanie in February, who has been here teaching our highest level teenagers as well as our staff each week. On a Saturday mornings I teach four classes with the kids in primary – middle school and two high school students as well as on a Monday afternoon teaching some other middle-school teens. Each Friday evening at Bali Life Open House, there are a few kids who constantly ask, “Aunty, besok Inggris?” which basically means, “Do we have English tomorrow?” They are growing more confident and I am seeing that as we get visitors and the kids that used to be shy or not understand, can now understand and have a small conversation with our guests, which is exciting to see.

Personal Health

I would like to share that this year I have had some health issues, which I have never had problems with in my times in Bali. First I had an upset tummy and dizziness one day, not usually a big deal, but it is just another thing that isn’t right. Then I burnt my foot on a motorbike which gave me a big blister for a week and the skin is still healing. After that I had an unexplainable rash for about a week, which wasn’t itchy, but as the rash started to disappear, itchiness started and the rash returned. Then it completely disappeared as unexpectedly as it started. I also had a minor accident falling from the bike, next time I’ll make sure I break left before right – for those of you who ride motorbikes, you’ll know the importance of this. I was not going fast when I fell and I praise God I only got a huge bruise on the top of my leg for about 3 weeks and a scratch on my heel and nothing worse, all healed up fine now. Currently I am experiencing joint pain in my fingers, toes and knees, as it hurts to grip things, type, or even walk up and down stairs at times. I am not saying this to complain, I just share this to ask for prayers covering me with God’s protection and renewed health so that I can remain focused and strong for what he has called me to here in Bali.

Praise Reports

*Classes are growing and we are seeing more and more women and kids each week
*GPS – this is a funny one, but so far I have never completely lost my way driving around Bali, Google Maps always takes me to the main road again, and for that, I have to praise God. Getting lost is scarier than falling
*New sewing teacher
*Safety and protection as I ride my NEW motor bike, praise God I have one for my own use now
*Friends and amazing staff and volunteers I get to spend every day with at Bali Life Foundation
*Sponsors and Supporters – I thank God for each and every one of you who remember me and support me, whether that’s with prayers, financially or a simple message letting me know you are thinking of me, it all works to encourage me to keep going each day.
Prayer Requests
*Health is renewed to as it was before, no more pain or illness
*Visa approval continues so I can continue serving here
*Volunteers to help with KidZone on Fridays with the kids
*Volunteers to help teach the advanced levels and staff at the Children’s Home now that Melanie has gone, as my time will be even fuller as I work out times to take on these classes again
Contact Details
Facebook: www.facebook.com/adrienne.smiles
Check out more info at www.balilife.org
Or their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/balilife
Blessings in Christ,
Adrienne Stone
0 In Mission in Bali

Adrienne’s Mission in Bali | September – October 2014

The beautiful women
A women and her two children. The mother joins our English class, and her daughter also joins KidZone, and her 2y.o. son is just so cute!

A women and her two children. The mother joins our English class,  her daughter also joins KidZone, and her 2y.o. son is just so cute!

Hello Australia, it’s been an interesting few days since being back. I’ve had some time reflecting on how cultures can influence one so much. Since being in Australia I had to relearn Australian culture – such as remembering to put my seatbelt on when getting in a car, or not worrying about taking shoes off when entering a house. However, amongst all the things I am learning, it has been a good week so far. I am looking forward to catching up with my friends, family and sponsors in the next couple of weeks. I enjoy rereading my previous newsletters, to reflect on our progress and how God has moved in this ministry. It is so amazing and encouraging to see how classes are growing and progressing. God continues to pour out his favour upon us as we seek him and his will.

BaliLife English

Learning to read English

Learning to read English

In September we had two new boys come to BaliLife. It’s been overwhelming seeing how they have grown in confidence since their first couple of days, to now. Not just with English, but also in how they relate to the other children and staff. They are becoming more sure of their place in the big family and more sure of their love. Bali Life kids love using their English skills to talk to visitors who come to see them. It’s great seeing how some kids who were unable, or very shy speaking with visitors, grow and become more confident to speak with them now.

Practicing Conversational English

Practicing Conversational English

 

Women’s Centre

Women's English Class

Blind-folded game: following/ giving instructions to learn directions

Blind-folded game: following/ giving instructions to learn directions

 

 

 

 

 

Our expanding sewing class

Our expanding sewing class

English Classes

Our women’s English classes have grown from two women, to 5 of an evening, 3 of a morning and 5 whom we visit in their home at a nearby village. We shared mixed feelings on both parts as they finished their final class. All very excited to receive their certificate of attendance.They shared how they found they were more knowledgeable with English, but also sad that they were finishing up for a month, eager to be starting again upon my return. We have different times for the classes, so we can serve the women better, whether they already work and have lessons in the evening, or if they prefer a lesson in the morning while their children are at school.

Computer Classes

The women are also excited to sign up for our computer classes and sewing classes. They can further their skills for job opportunities. Surfer Girl provided two computer teachers, which is very exciting, so we are praying for more computers for our centre, to open a wider opportunity for more women to learn with us.

Sewing Classes

Since our sewing workshop in August, we noticed one of the women was picking up the skills very quickly, and since then, she has come on as a teacher for our women to continue learning. We started with just three sewing machines and now have SIX! We are excited to see how God moves in just the right time according to our needs. Last week our sewing teacher also brought her sister, who showed the women how to create some flowers which could be worn as a brooche or hair accessory. We’re excited to see more women come in as they eagerly learn skills and in turn feel God’s love as they enter the centre.

Guagong Women and Children

Cooling down in a bucket

Cooling down in a bucket

Colouring activities

Colouring activities

 

The beautiful women

The beautiful women

Women Centre Vegetable Garden

Women Centre Vegetable Garden

We continue visiting the women at Guagong and showering love on them and their children. They love learning English so they can use it with their kids. We have a veggie-garden at the Women’s Centre and we often bring bags of vegetables to bless them, too. Last month a team from HOPE UC, Australia came to share in Bali and while they were here, they joined us in a visit to Guagong.

When they arrived, they asked to view an Indonesian Bible, and when it opened, it fell open to the book of Esther. The women, although they were raised to be Christian, had never heard about this wonderful girl.

So we took that opportunity to share with them, how God uses the most difficult situation, to turn it out for good. We then had the opportunity to pray with the women and share words of hope with them. As we prayed, we felt the Holy Spirit come over their home and peace settle over the women. Some of the kids were very hesitant when we first arrived, seeing so many white women, and the women were also very shy towards us. However, as we left, they were all taking photos with us and giving us hugs, and the walls were just broken, as they responded to God’s love and knowing he has  a plan for them. Thank you Hope UC!

KidZone

Water fight one week

Water fight one week

Story Time in Classes

Story Time with K’Feny

Traditional Krupuk Competition

Traditional Krupuk Competition

All KidZone Kids - So many now

All KidZone Kids – So many now

Our KidZone classes have been growing as more children are eager to come and learn. Classes start from 3pm on a Thursday afternoon, but often we have kids from as early as 2pm showing up for classes. In this time we will sing songs, such as Father Abraham, or read some children’s Bible Stories before class. It’s been such an amazing experience to see how God uses the simple thing as an English lesson, to bring people into his path. The kids continue coming as they have fun in the lessons, and then come again on Fridays from 3pm-4.30pm for games and fun and again, many arrive early and leave late. Fridays were originally just for games. As we have built relationships with the kids and their parents, we are sharing Bible stories and fun songs with the kids. In our last session, before I left, there were a few new kids coming, and they are eager to join our English classes and come for games again when I come back. I love seeing how God uses the simple and fun to bring us opportunities to share his love.

Spiritual Encounters

One girl in my English class has joined our Friday games too, Hannah (name changed) is always eager to come, begging her mum to bring her in early, and not liking to leave. A few weeks ago, her mum shared with us that at home, Hannah gets tormented by these spirits, that live in a tree near their house. She also talks about playing with a boy, whom nobody else sees but Hannah.
We know there is a spiritual battle going on with Hannah. Hannah also says that when she comes to the Women’s Centre, they cannot follow her, she does not feel tormented, and she is happy with us. We continue sharing stories of God’s power and love and plan, and Hannah is often the first to answer questions, and always eager to hear more stories when we offer them to her. We pray that as Hannah continues coming, she is completely freed of this torment and her family knows the love of God over their lives.

Workshops

Ready for our women to arrive

Ready for our women to arrive

Having fun while learning about God

Having fun while learning about God

Each month we hold workshops at the Women’s Centre to give women information about health, wellbeing, inner beauty and value. The women have continued coming and love learning  about new and different foods, exercising and general health. When the women come to learn, we also provide child care for their kids who come along. The women love attending and through word of mouth and the extra classes each week, we see these monthly workshops growing. I have the vision to use these workshops to create a program for the kids as well as the women. We know we use our time well when we use the opportunities we have to share about God. I’m excited to see how God will use these sessions. We desire tell the kids how much he loves them and about the amazing purposes he has for their lives.

Praise Reports

Safe travels and arrival in Australia
Continued Health
Time with friends and family
Faithfulness and blessings from my sponsors
Breakthrough with the kids and women classes growing
Joy each day as I live under God’s guidance
Sewing Machines and Computer teachers

Prayer Requests

Continued health and safety
Visa application approval (it’s currently in process)
Safe return flight
Renewed vision and open doors for the community outreaches at the Women’s Centre
Computers for the women to learn on

Contact Details

Facebook: www.facebook.com/adrienne.smiles
Email: [email protected]
Check out more info at www.balilife.org
Or their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/balilife

Blessings in Christ,
Adrienne Stone

0 In Poetry

Dear Earth

dear earth

I wrote this poem ‘Dear Earth’ as a cry to the world. I was in my early twenties. Social justice was high in my thoughts. It’s not fair if so many people suffer while so many other people are greedy and wasteful. It would be nice if there was no citizenship except that we all belong to the same earth and we all look after each other as well as we are able. No one person controlling all. None with out, none with abundance, but a balanced life.

Dear Earth,

Please stop the hate, the tears, the pain
I can’t take this another day
Another day to hear the sadness
The trials and pain, never any gladness
Humanity is lost to lies, deceit and murder
Did we never learn to love one another?
I hear of the hurt people live out each day
Walk out the door, in my work and school
Day after day in my town and on the news
They’ve families and friends, just like you
Hate and scorn and hidden, double lives
How could we forget our children and our wives?
When did we decide to lower our value?
When did lust and greed decide for us?
Innocence is lost, another sunset over
Holiness is the standard set but we turn
Further from the truth, the grace sent to us
How can we refuse and live our own way?
He set the standard, the way, truth and life
To love one another shouldn’t be that hard
But again, bombs, guns, explosions, death
Rape, murders, suicides, and sex-slaves
Across the oceans, in our homes
When will the hating, the fighting end?
When will love be the chosen rule?
Jesus please save us from ourselves
Teach us a new way to live our life
To care for each other and share love
With the strength Jesus gives to show
The ultimate love they all need to know
~ Adrienne Stone
0 In Poetry

Jesus loves me and I know it

Jesus loves me

I remember when I wrote this someone thought I made a song. I’m not a singer nor could I write a song. I guess poem’s are a type of song – if music was added. Anyway, no matter if it is a song or a poem, Jesus loves me!

Jesus Loves Me and I Know It

Jesus loves me and I know it
I sin so much I don’t deserve it
His grace given to me so freely
So I must live out thankfully.

I know I have no perfect life
But I gotta keep on and try
Share God’s love with others
In words and actions each day

I received Christ’s abounding love
When I know I deserved it the least
So I gotta share it forth to you
Even if you may think you can’t receive it

But who are you to say
Jesus made the way
For each of us to be saved
So open your heart and pray

He’s changed my life
He’ll change yours too
The love of God is beyond
Anything I ever knew

And so my life must reflect
From the beginning to the end
Of God’s love for me and
His gift of relationship eternally