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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 | November – December 2014

Christmas Card
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour

Last time I was writing to update you all, I had just arrived in Australia. I would like to take this opportunity to let you know how grateful I am to all my sponsors and prayer warriors for taking the time while I was there to meet up and pray with me. Your prayers are such a blessing. I pray that God rewards you greatly. It was awesome seeing family and friends and getting to see beautiful Coffs Harbour again for a couple of weeks. These six weeks back in Bali have been full-on. It’s always great to see old faces, and I have even met some new kids and their mums since I’ve been back. It’s always good at this time of year to reflect on where this year has taken me and look forward to renewed vision and mission into the new year.

Women’s Centre

The woman living at our Women’s Centre has a secure job and has found a place to stay outside of the Centre, but nearby. She’ll be moving there with her three children in the new year. This is exciting for her as she steps out again into independence with her three children. Her children will continue being supported with schooling through Bali Life. We look forward to seeing her and her children, keeping in contact with them regularly. This provides a room available for another widow to come in and have opportunity for a life change in the new year.

KidZone

KidZone English

KidZone English

KidZone English classes started back for a few weeks and we had 10 new kids come over the three weeks. Some kids from a different school nearby heard about our kids club games and showed up for Friday games and then joined our English lessons on Thursday afternoons too. It’s great how we are reaching more kids in more schools now. Friday afternoon games are becoming a great opportunity, not just to invite kids to English, and women to English, sewing or computer classes, but also to share about Jesus. We shared the Christmas story over December and the kids enjoy singing an Indonesian version of Father Abraham, and other Sunday School type songs. We hope to see kids come to an understanding of the great love God has for them through these afternoons.

KidZone Games

KidZone Games

“Hannah”

Last newsletter I wrote about a girl whom spirits disturbed at her home. When I came back, I went to the school to let the kids all know that English lessons were back on, but her face was missing from the crowd. When I asked where she was, the kids said she had not been to school for a long time. We got in contact with her mum and invited her to English classes again and she was eager to join. Her mum also said that Hannah had not been to school since KidZone English stopped, but once she came to KidZone, she began going back to school, too. We continue praying for Hannah, that she continues going to school, joining our classes, and for more opportunities to share with her about God’s great love.

Women’s Centre Birthday and Christmas Celebration

31 Kids singing at our Celebration

31 Kids singing at our Celebration

Guagong Women Singing at our Celebration

Guagong Women Singing at our Celebration

The Women’s Centre has been open for a year now and we celebrated with birthday cake, games for kids, some performances, and photos of our growth over the past 12months. We were excited to see over 70 women and children from our community come to celebrate with us. Having everyone in the house all at the same time showed us how many people have been reached through our Centre.

The kids from KidZone practiced for weeks and their parents were very proud to see their children singing (a revised) 12 days of Aussie Animal Christmas, all in English. Some of the women that we visit in Guagong also practiced a song together, and they came up and blessed our celebration with a song. Now they have the desire to start a choir with women from the community in the coming year. We are looking forward to seeing how this may pan out.

Street Ministry

Grandmother on the StreetsI have also joined the BaliLife street ministry team. Once a fortnight the team goes down to the streets of Kuta and Denpasar and brings food – rice, vegetables and usually chicken or other meat substitute – to the kids and women begging on the streets. We also bring some toys, such as balls or a ukelele and play with the kids, giving them a distraction from their rough lives for a while. Over the past few years the team has built relationship and connections with these women and children.

As I’ve been three times now, I’m beginning to get to know some of them, and they’re recognising me, too. This past week we had a Christmas celebration and some of our children’s home kids came along too. They shared testimonies of the Christmas story with the kids and helped prepare and hand out gifts to the kids. Thanks to a generous donator, we were able to give each child a new shirt and pants set and a new hat, as well as a snack pack and toothbrush and toothpaste. This was a very merry Christmas for these kids.

Some of our dancers at a carols by candle light

Some of our dancers at a carols by candle light

Holiday Blessings

Thanks to some wonderful sponsors and volunteers, I’ve been able to join the kids on a few outings for Christmas. We took a trip to see another orphanage, and shared a Christmas celebration. Kids from Bali Life sang and danced and kids from Klungkung orphanage sang and danced, too. It’s great seeing other kids in children’s homes having a happy Christmas.

Boys at gitgit

Boys at gitgit

More kids at gitgit

The following day everyone climbed into the buses again and went to Gitgit waterfalls. The kids had not been there before and they enjoyed swimming under the waterfall and swinging off a rope, tied to a tree branch, and landing in the water below.

 

SPLASH

SPLASH

One of our long-term volunteers also blessed us all with a trip to Splash water park. This was such a big day, swimming and sliding, followed by lunch, provided by Splash, and then ten-pin bowling and bounce – a trampoline land – across the road. The kids were so excited and everyone had huge smiles on their exhausted faces at the end.

Gifts at Midnight

Gifts at Midnight

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

On Christmas Eve we all took a trip to Karma Kandara Resort where the kids sang some Christmas Carols and then got a special surprise with a visit from Santa and some gifts. Thank you to Karma Kandara guests and staff who put in for this. Then BaliLife kids woke up at midnight on Christmas in excitement for opening Christmas gifts from a generous sponsor who bought gifts for all the kids and staff. The next day the kids enjoyed a morning Christmas service at the beach, followed by a swim and back home for lunch and fun, playing with their new gifts.

Karma Kandara Santa Photos

Karma Kandara Santa Photos

Licence and Independence

I’m excited that I have now got independence with an Indonesian motorbike licence. However because of my type of visa, it needs extending every month. It’s worth it though, being able to get around where I need. Now I’m looking for a good, cheap motorbike to become available for purchase.

Christmas Card

Christmas Card

Praise Reports
Each and every single one of my sponsors. Thank you so, so much for always praying for me and supporting me in this ministry.
I have continued health and safety – even more so as I am riding a motorbike
New independence for our Women’s Centre family

Prayer Requests
My visa continues to be approved
God’s favour and protection of my life
Hannah
Motorbike to become available
The children and women on the streets

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 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 Devotions

Walking through the fire

fire

 Zechariah 3:9a

“This third time I will bring you into the fire, I will refine them like silver and test them like gold.”

Fires of life

Sometimes life is just downright miserable. Sometimes bad things happen and you get hurt. You might feel alone and stuck waiting in this life for something to change. Those are your fire times. It’s not just one time that the smithy puts his work into the fire, but multiple times. We are worth so much more than gold or silver. Of course we will be put through the fires and trials of life. We come out stronger and more valuable. If you’re going through a hard time in life, don’t give up on God; He’s growing and changing you to become his masterpiece.