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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.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Hi Riski

Meet our latest little treasure, his name is Riski.

Every child has a story to tell and Riski's is similar to a couple of our other kids in that their situation is brought about by the desertion or death of the father, and the mother is unable to care for the child because of financial or cultural reasons.

Riski was actually born in Malaysia. His mother who was from Java had gained employment as a 'pembantu' (maid) in Malaysia, she met another young Javanese man working there and Riski was the result. However the young man returned to Java before Riski was born and was never heard of again even though Riski's mum tried to find him. When his mum returned to Java she and Riski were rejected by her family so they came to Bali so she could find work. Riski's mum then met and married a Balinese man but he wouldn't accept Riski as it would mean Riski would be the oldest boy in the family and according to Balinese tradition the oldest boy becomes the head of the family and receives most of the inheritance. So this poor little guy was rejected by his father, his mothers family, his mothers new husband and finally his mother, and was left with various people until we were contacted about his situation.

He seems a really bright and inquisitive little fella so I think he will do well when he starts school next July. At least now he has 'a hope and future'. Praise the Lord.