Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Children Need Us

Hello dear friends,

We are sending out this month's News Letter to highlight the needs of approximately 45
children from remote villages here in Bali, Indonesia. After 12 years of living in the Indonesian and Balinese cultures I firmly believe that education is the key to a better life ... it enlightens the children and broadens the choices they can make. This is especially true for the girls from rural villages. Influenced by the Hindu religion that honors their parent’s sons, it breeds in the young girls an attitude of inferiority and limitation.

These children's families or caregivers cannot afford the uniforms, shoes. And school fees needed to continue their child's education for the next school year beginning in mid-July, 2016.

We have already started visiting prospective children and observing their living conditions and assessing their needs for assistance. Most of the 39 children we have been supporting will continue to receive new school shoes, sox, backpacks, notebooks, pencils and funds for books at the start of the new school year from us.

Since Government schools require tuition fees for Junior High and Senior High school kiddos, AHFC will also pay for their monthly school fees; generally $8.00 - $15.00 per student.

When the children start Kindergarten, Elementary, Jr. High and High School, they are required to wear their schools uniform. So far we have identified 5 children that will be needing assistance for new school uniforms. These uniforms consist of 3 sets of pants, skirts, shorts and buttoned monogrammed shirts. Ties, belts and elementary school children's hats are an additional expense. Costs range between $55 and $80.00 for each child... depending on their grade level.

School clothing and supplies are relatively inexpensive. A pair of new black tennis shoe style school shoes are approx. $15.00. Backpacks cost an average of $12.00.

To avoid unwanted attention from aggressive boys and male teachers, for which there is a history in this 3rd world country....... adequate undergarments for the girls have proven to be a necessity. We will be furnishing bras, mini sets (training bras) when needed, also half slips and underpants for every female student.

The children's needs are not enormous ones and we are praying that those needs will be met.

Many of us have truly been blessed with the resources and comforts we've grown accustomed to. Our hope is a few are willing to share with these beautiful, yet isolated children during this particular time of need. We promise to do our part, to meet with each child and provide the necessities and loving arms… that you make possible.

Please visit our web site - aheartforchildren.org, and click on How to Help. 

Please know that no one at A Heart For Children receives a salary or compensation of any kind. We are an all volunteer USA 501 (c) (3) Public Charity. 100% of all donations to AHFC goes directly to the children and widows we support. 

I would love to hear from you. Please send emails to: daninbali@gmail.com

God's blessings to you all,
Dan Yeager

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A February Greeting

Hello dear friends,

I had some unexpected medical issues to take care of in Seattle just after Christmas and arrived back in Bali on the 29th of January.

I was accompanied by my new pacemaker portable monitor.... which can send it's readings from Bali to a receiving station in San Francisco, where technicians can make any necessary adjustments to my pacemaker through a Wi-Fi connection. Amazing technology, huh?

If you've been following A Heart For Children, then you are aware of my missionary exploits over the last 15 years. I do, in many peoples eye, practice the love and hospitality of a disciple of Christ. Most of the time our News Letters are a report of what we have done, who we have helped and what we are doing in service for others. However, it is my relationship with God that is most important to the success of AHFC's Ministries. I need His wisdom and direction ... if applied His way, the devotion to a cause and service to others is assured. Sometimes I fail at this.

Having had a few weeks away from Bali, I took the time to pray and rebuild my relationship with God. I'd like to share some of the results of those meditative moments with you.

I do not need more things. What I do need is more of God's love in me.... which forces out and triumphs over the selfish desires within me.

I need to continually renew my relationship with God, so that I can draw upon the love and direction He puts into me....and not rely upon my own sympathies, prejudices and feelings, least I misrepresent His loving ways.

With all the distractions of life, it take a concentrated effort to keep the commitment to continue along the path that God has laid before me.. That path is an unpredictable journey of Faith, Trust and Hope, which leads to where the Love of God resides. Therein lies my comfort and purpose.

All of us at AHFC thank you for your prayers, your well wishes and your faithful support of our Orphanage, Medical, Educational, Basic Needs and Widows Ministries here in Bali, Indonesia.

May God Bless You All
Dan Yeager

Christmas Eve at our home in North Bali

Our kiddos making Christmas Gift Bags for children in remote villages

Tati with some of the recipients of the Christmas Gift Bags

Monday, January 4, 2016

Holiday Greetings

Over the Christmas Holidays, Tati traveled to Klungkung, where we had our Bali Training Center, to visit families and the children there that we continue to support. AHFC funds were used to buy new school shoes and supplies, and also Christmas Gift snacks for those children. Many of the people cried and told Tati how much they missed her and Opa Dan and the activities the Training Center offered for nearly 5 years.

Saturday Dec. 12th, marked the end of the school semester for the Indonesian children, who will now have a 15 day holiday. This means that our North Bali base house will become home for many kiddos from the surrounding area during their vacation time. As in years past, former Orphanage and Training Center students now working in the main city of Denpasar, who have no family connections in Bali, will also be spending the 4 day Christmas Holiday weekend with us. It's a wonderful time to reminisce, to give them our attention and let them know that they are loved. 

The Kiddos in the above picture Putri 17 (holding Ling Ling), Bayu 14, Risky 2, Timothy 9, Riza 8, Dina 7, Devi 10 and John 17, are our live in family. 

Tati and I want to thank all of our faithful and generous contributors, whose donations have made it possible for us to help so many children receive food, clothing, an education, health care and a loving home to those kiddos who live at Mothers Heart Orphanage and at our home base here in North Bali.

All of us at A Heart For Children hope you have a very Joyful and Happy New Year.

May God Bless You All
Dan Yeager