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Mission in Bali August – October 2017

Happy Healthy Kids

Happy Healthy Kids

In August, Yudi and I had the opportunity to serve a friend in his outreach project. Through his project, Ferriy brings hygiene supplies to children in orphanages in the northern villages in Bali. By providing basic packs of bathroom supplies, the kids basic health needs are taken care of and kids are able to live happy, healthy lives. In August, we joined him to bring supplies to two orphanages in Karangasem. We drove three hours into the village, once there, we were able to meet and spend time reading stories and playing with some young rascals who live in an orphanage with about 14 kids. Then we went onto another orphanage where about 20 teenagers reside. The kids were so happy to receive their hygiene gifts. It’s great seeing kids get excited having the opportunity for healthy lives.

Building Confident Kids

Robot painting

Robot painting

Many kids give up on their dreams, simply because they are not encouraged in basic skills. It breaks my heart when I see little kids saying they cannot do something because it doesn’t look like how a professional does it. Through our activities such as arts and crafts, dance, and sports days, we build confidence training in our kids. It is great when I see kids learning how to paint a robot, or draw a house or family. Sure, the walls are wonky and people have blue hair, or orange skin, but the kids did it themselves and I am so proud of them for trying.

Independence Day

Independence Day

As kids learn confidence in these basic, fun skills, they build confidence to pursue their dreams for when they are older. Because they learned how to paint, they learn how to pursue learning in other areas. They can learn to cook, or teach, or be a policeman. Even short term goals like learning how to read and do mathematics. They can.

Bali Life Newsletter

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Praise Reports
Some of the Street Kids

Some of the Street Kids

  • Thanks to God we have a new church community to go to, with some people from our previous church joining.
  • Praise Jesus for the amazing team in the Street Centre. They do amazing work for the street kids centre and women’s workshop
  • I pray God’s abundant blessings for those continuing to support me in this ministry.
Prayer Requests
Getting Ready for School

Getting Ready for School

  • God’s wisdom as we go into ministry in our new church, that the church continues to grow and new families come to faith in Jesus.
  • More work for the women’s workshop. Our mums rely on regular customer orders so they can work and support their families.
  • More child-sponsors to help our children go into formal education and break the cycle of poverty in their families.
These kids don't have their parents permission to come to school yet

These kids don’t have their parents permission to come to school yet

This mum was sleeping on the side of the road with her child, not wanting to go home until she had gotten enough money from begging

This mum was sleeping on the side of the road with her child, not wanting to go home until she had gotten enough money from begging

Street Ministry Team and some of 40 kids we reach each week with food and love

Street Ministry Team and some of 40 kids we reach each week with food and love

Love picking her up for school

Love picking her up for school

Her older brother comes to school. Hope she can too, soon.

Her older brother comes to school. Hope she can too, soon.

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Healing on the Streets

Praying for healing

Each Monday night, the  Bali Life Street Ministry team goes onto the streets of Denpasar and Kuta. We bring food, clothes and games with us. We spend time with the women and children begging and selling bracelets on the streets. A few weeks ago a team from Georgia, America, joined us on the streets.

In Kuta we had a fun time on the beach playing badminton, stickers, chatting, and bringing smiles to the kids. We were already there for sometime and were about to move to our next place in Denpasar to visit other kids and mums. Suddenly, one of the men on the team, Brett Braddy, saw a young pregnant mother sitting with the other mums. He asked if he could pray for her. She agreed and there on the streets, he prayed for her to have a healthy and safe pregnancy and labour.

See his comment in the Facebook photo below.

Praying for pregnancy

Praying over a young pregnant woman

Whilst praying, the other mums and kids looked on. An 11 year old girl whom I often meet selling bracelets asked me, “Can that man heal sick people?”

This was an awesome moment for me. I said to her, “No, that man is just a normal man. But he is praying to our Lord Jesus who has power for healing,” I then asked her if she was feeling unwell. She told me she had a stomachache like gastritis when she was eating. She was too shy to ask him for help.

So I told Brett of her question. He called her to come and said to her, “I cannot heal you, I can pray for you. It is important that you know, it is not me that heals you, but Jesus has the power for healing. I have no power, but Jesus has the power.”

I translated this for her and together we prayed, Brett spoke English and I translated into simple Indonesian so she could understand the prayer. Afterwards I asked her, “How does your stomach feel now?” She said, “Before you prayed, my stomach felt full of gas. But now, that feeling is gone and my stomach feels warm inside.” Brett told me that he also felt the Holy Spirit at work. He felt her stomach muscles moving as he laid hands on her stomach and prayed for healing.

Praying for healing

Praying for healing

Jesus’ power is still at work today.

Read Mark 16:15-20

15 And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. 16 Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. 17 These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages.[e] 18 They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”

19 When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 20 And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.

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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
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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 | November – December 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Christmas

Reflections

This year has been a big year with many things happening. I got a motor bike, which provides a world of independence, I moved to Denpasar into a simple apartment, and started serving in the Street Ministry and Street Centre. November and December in Bali Life can become quite busy as we have visitors and various Christmas events.
Children's Computer Class

Bridging School

Five of our children from our second class sat a test at the beginning of December. In January they will begin studying through bridging school with our other teacher. This will give opportunity for them to enter formal school in July 2016. I am so excited to see them learn and grow this year and transition to formal school. We also have three new laptops to help our kids learn computer skills to further their future opportunities.
Children Drawing

Children Drawing in Free Time

Reading Class

Our reading class is growing as we have more children coming in to the centre this year. It is great to see more children come in and learn, seeing them get more excited as their skills continue to grow. We have some volunteers coming in to help, some from KRIK, a Norwegian Bible School, or others who come as interns or short-term volunteers. They are valuable in spending time with our kids and assisting in the classes. It would be great for us to have extra volunteers who can speak Bahasa Indonesia and help to teach our children more in depth. With more children coming into our centre, the first class now has children of varying levels and another teacher would really be an asset for their learning. I would be very grateful for everyone to join in praying for us to have another teacher who can join our Street Centre team, with a heart to serve these children.
Children

Holiday Rest

Being in Australia over Christmas and the New Year has been a blessing. My body, soul and spirit needed this time of rest and I have seen how God works to provide what his children need, even before we know it. I am so grateful for those who have supported me in my time here, transport, accommodation, financial support, and also those just being friends, ready to spend time with me and talk. I praise God for those who have helped me in this time.

New Year

Looking ahead to 2016, I don’t know all that this year will bring, but I do know, and want to encourage you all, that even though we may not know the work God is doing, as we trust in him and keep pushing forward, we will get that breakthrough and be able to look back and see how his hand has been working through all our situations.
Prayer Requests
*New Teacher
*Continued Health and Safety
*More children and mums in our centre and off the streets
Praise Points
*Visa has been approved for my return to Bali
*Amazing friends and supporters during my time in Australia
*Time of rest
Blessings in Christ,
Adrienne Stone
Contact Details
Check out more info at www.balilife.org

 

Or their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/balilife