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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Christmas comes a little late!

Global church in Nusa Dua (Bali) through their fund raising ministry 'IndonesiaAid' led by Doug and Kimberley Bennett, decided to do a fund raiser for three projects in Bali. They approached us at Kingdom Kids Home and asked if we had any projects in mind that needed financial assistance. Our first major project is the completion of the retaining walls which is necessary before any building construction can commence. So we told them our plans and roughly how much we needed.

To cut a long story short, we received enough to complete all of the retaining walls, repair the leaking toilets and wash rooms, and to begin the foundations of the first building. We were staggered when they presented us with a cheque for US$6,500 (Rp85.600.000).

KKH family as Ps Lee & Indonesia Aid team presents the cheque to Kadek


Work has already started... and yes the labourers are women!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

What a difference a day makes, well... maybe a week

Novi and Delsi are settling in to their new surroundings and feeling the love of Kingdom Kids Home. Both of them actually have cheeky little natures, I think they are going to be great fun and a blessing for the other kids as well.

Kadek and Novi

Novi is 2½ and just started walking. She is the same height but much thinner than Adeya who is 14 months. She still has a lot of sores on her head but they are starting to clear up and with good nutrition she will start to grow and fill out.

Delsi is 4 years old and she is also tiny even compared to normal Indonesian kids. She can't speak Bahasa Indonesia yet
but it won't take long for her to start picking it up. When she first arrived she would do her business on the bedroom floor but she is almost toilet trained now. Having come from a place where there are no toilets it was the normal thing to do. (I guess she won't want to see this post when she turns 21)!

Oma (grandma) and Delsi

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A New Years Day Gift

On January 1st 2017 we received another two little girls from Sumba. You would already be familiar with one of them from a previous post. Their names are Nofrentiana and Delsiana aged 2½ and 4. They are both malnourished and both quite sick, the youngest still cant walk properly. Probably 90% of their diet has been Ubi, which is a cassava like root vegetable so we have started them on a good diet that includes a diluted milk mix as their little systems can't handle full strength milk yet. It's only been a few days but already we are seeing major improvement.

They were obviously very apprehensive when they arrived but already are starting to smile as they appreciate the good food and the love that is being lavished on them. Please pray for the future of these precious little bundles.

Sorry that these aren't great shots of them but I didn't want to stuff a camera in their face at this early stage, nevertheless I am sure you can see them clearly enough.

The two older girls in the photo's are both from the same village in Sumba as the little ones.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

To all of you especially those who pray for us and support Kingdom Kids Home we hope you had a great Christmas celebration and wish you all the best for a wonderful and exciting new year filled with the hope and joy of the Lord.

From Jeff and Virginia, and...
Back row: Alan, Tambum, Bemyamin, Adeya (held), Joshua, Darmawan, Samuel, Yohana
Middle row: Kadek, Yesika, Erna, Novi (held), Delsi (held), Rina, Putri, Komang, Alex
Front row: Ni Luh, Vita, Riski, Lorens, Agus and Febri

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Blessed to be a blessing

This story is a testament to the grace of God and affirms all that we are trying to do in Bali.

The old man in the hospital bed and the old lady with Kadek are both being baptised, are husband and wife and the granparents of one of our girls (Komang) at Kingdom Kids Home.

Through this ministry, three generations of the same family have heard the gospel of Jesus Christ, the youngest and the oldest have now made their commitment to Christ and Komang's parents we believe will do the same. Sadly, just a few days after the grandfather was baptised in hospital he passed away, but his family can now rejoice.

The grandmothers accepting of Jesus is an interesting story in itself. She is house bound as she is unable to walk, never having recovered from a broken leg some time ago. Initially introduced to the gospel of Christ by the witness of her grand daughter, we provided her with a Balinese New Testament on an MP3 player, because she can neither read nor write. She then began asking many questions so Kadek spent time with her answering her many questions and she accepted Christ.

There is no greater gift than to see people saved, and when different generations of the same family come together in Christ, it is something very special.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

If only we could...

Yesterday Kadek met with a man who lives not so far from us in a town called Dalung. He is looking after his two grandchildren and they live in a one room kos. A kos is basic accommodation with shared cooking and toilet facilities where whole families rent a single room which in most cases is less than 3 x 3 metres.

The father of the two little girls deserted his family nearly 2 years ago, so the mother left the girls with their grandfather and went away to find work. She sent money back to help pay for the kids but about a year ago the money stopped and the mother hasn't been heard of since. The grandfather (who doesn't work) had a little money saved but that has been used up. He is now desperate and can no longer support them.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Sumba trip

Kadek and I recently accompanied an American couple to Sumba who are looking at ministry options in Indonesia. It was only a short trip and once again I was reminded of the plight of the local people living in what is considered the poorest island in Indonesia. While they are 'officially' Catholic, the majority wouldn't even have heard the name 'Mary' let alone know who Jesus is. They are still stooped in animist beliefs and have special trees in their villages that they worship.

The majority of adults are addicted to Betel nut, and being so poor the parents will often encourage their children to steal to find money for their addiction.Water is a major problem, in many of the areas there are no schools, no roads or any form of government sponsored infrastructure. Corruption is rife, and is a product of their culture which affects life at every level.

We have a dream that is already becoming reality, a three stage plan trying to help the people in the villages of Sumba that we visit. Our long term strategy is already under way having five kids at Kingdom Kids Home from the village of Bila Cenge (see posts dated 20 July 2013, 22 Nov 2013 and 18 Aug 2015). The idea is to break the cultural cycle by raising them with solid Christian principles, give them the best possible formal education, and our prayer is they will eventually want to go back to their village and help their people. The short term strategy is to improve the water, food production and incomes in the villages, and the medium term plan is to build a school and source good teachers and facilities. All this needs to be built on a strong and vibrant church, one that will ultimately break the cycle of addiction, corruption, theft and dishonesty.

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Of course all of this will require funding, but our plan is to help the people help themselves; there will be no handouts because we have seen the long term impact of well meaning people who have donated much only to create a begging industry or a mentality that will just wait for the 'Bule's' (whities) to come along and give them handouts.

During our visit we came across some very young children who were in a dreadful state. Kadek spoke to their mother, a young woman probably in her early twenties and already having five children. The young girls are often married by 14 or 15 years of age. When she found out we already had some kids from the village at our children's home in Bali she immediately asked us to take her two youngest as she couldn't care for them. The little girl on the left is one of them, her name is Novensiana.