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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

 

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Adrienne’s Mission in Bali | September – October 2015

Reading

Reading Stories

Reading Stories
In my past newsletters, I have told about the progress teaching some of our students to read basic sight words. Over these past two months, I was also reading to some students. We have some favourites: “Where’s my Teddy?” and “Nicky and the Big Bad Wolves”. Children also enjoy reading “Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book”, “Shh! Little Mouse” and others. These stories are in English, but read aloud in Indonesian to the kids. Story time has turned into one of the children’s favourite parts of the day where we can read stories, with lots of interactions as the children get to know the stories well. Through these times, though, the kids are growing a love for literacy and eagerness for reading. One of the younger students now searches for Indonesian stories, and spends some of her free time practicing reading on her own. When children grow a love for reading, they automatically grow in learning.
Children's Education

Reading in Class

Originally, when I would teach various subjects to the kids, like science or social studies, I would read to the kids and encourage them to listen, with comprehension questions afterwards. Since noticing the kids getting better in some of their reading skills outside of the classroom, I encouraged students to take turns reading the text books in class. Now they are learning to read and understand what they are reading, in context. This is helping the older students to understand why reading on their own is important for learning, not just for the sake of stories. The cool thing that I’ve also noticed, is some of the more confident readers, encourage and help the lower level readers when it is their turn to read. The kids are becoming settled in the centre, supporting and encouraging one and other to continue learning to achieve their goals.

Street Ministry

Children's Story Time, Street Ministry
One of the other fun parts we have started doing is bringing some of the stories to the streets to read with the kids when we meet them. Now when we go to the streets, our evenings vary, with either music activities, colouring in, or reading stories, or a combination of any of them. Over October, some of the kids and mums have also been coming to learn and work at the centre with us during the day. We have noticed that on the days they come to the Centre, they either do not go to the streets, or they go home early from the streets, which is awesome, seeing their lives slowly change as they spend time in the Centre.

Street Mums Joining Street Centre

The connections we make are real and significant to the kids and mums. One of the mums were sharing with one of our staff members and says she feels accepted in with the other women and also likes working with us because everyone is patient to help her learn and grow her skills for making the products. The kids are also making connections and friends with each other as they learn together. Another testimony I experienced about the significance of connecting with the kids, some may have seen on my Facebook post: “When I was on my way home [the other week] I met some of the kids on the street, whilst waiting for the lights to change green, I was gifted with [some] beautiful flowers from one of the kids.” These kids don’t have a lot to give, but they are still kids, they like to show their love and appreciation for those who care for them. They gave the simple gift, but it shone brighter than a diamond necklace. The impact someone has on a child is never forgotten. Make sure your impacts are positive.

Visa Flights

Some may be wondering when my next trip is to Australia. I had a few issues with changing and organising some flights in the beginning of September, but now I have organised my return. I am taking a flight to Singapore this Saturday – 7thNovember – and coming back to Bali with a new visa. Please pray for all my safe travels and visa processes to go smoothly back into Bali. After the trip to Singapore I will organise my return flights to Bali, aiming for early January next year.

Women’s Workshop

Since I will be in Australia over Christmas, I would like to bring some handicrafts that our women make in the Centre. Perhaps people will be interested in giving some as Christmas gifts or just buying for personal use. We have rag-dolls and teddies, glasses made from old glass bottles, bracelets, and paper bags made from recycling magazine pages. If anyone is interested in purchasing any of these products, let me know so I can bring some with me. Colours and designs may vary slightly, but the basic shape (e.g. the type of doll) can be ordered, and depending on creativity of women and materials available, what colours or designs are created. This gives uniqueness for each of the items sold.

The women always appreciate the work and support you can provide. More photos and prices can be sent to your inbox, if you let me know what you are interested in. If I can get an idea of what people are more interested in, I can then bring more to be sold in Australia, all the proceeds go back to the women who make them and into the Street Centre for purchasing materials for creating these items.

Women's Workshop

Recycled Magazine Bags

Women's Workshop

Bracelets – bracelets brought will have the final connecting piece on the end for joining the bracelet ends around the wrist

Women's Workshop

Rag Dolls

Women's Workshop

Culture Dolls wearing Indonesian Kebaya

Women's Workshop

Small Monster Dolls

Women's Workshop

Medium Monster Dolls

Women's Workshop

Cat Dolls

Women's Workshop

Culture Dolls wearing Hijab

Women's Workshop

Glasses from upcycled glass bottles

Women's Workshop

Decorated Glasses from upcycled glass bottles

Women's Workshop

Flower pins / hair accessories

Praise Points
*Continued health and safety
*Children are growing in their skills
*More kids and mums are in the Centre

Prayer Requests
*Over time kids and mums stop going on the streets
*God’s continued protection and presence in my life here
*Safety and smooth processes for Visas.
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 | 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
Email: adrienne.smiles@live.com.au
Check out more info at www.balilife.org
Or their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/balilife
Blessings in Christ,
Adrienne Stone