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.
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 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.
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
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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
My visa continues to be approved
God’s favour and protection of my life
Motorbike to become available
The children and women on the streets
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Blessings in Christ,