No. 8 - May 2013

Dear friends of Mama Sayang,

Since our last update from Christmas 2012 much has happened and we are truly blessed.

The Rotary Club in Cilandak and a private sponsor helped fund the roof over the boy's balcony. This now means we can use it all year round. Many thanks.

The Canadian Embassy funded more equipment for the Bob-Uli clinic . The nurse's reaction summed it up: "Wow this will help save lives in the villages!" The Embassy and the GSJA African Church Fellowship in Jakarta also helped funded the boys workshop. This is important as the boys that don't go to university can now learn a "life skill" and use it effectively by helping in other Jakarta framing shops doing this or indeed start their own framing business. It will certainly be a huge leg-up. The Embassy also helped Mama Sayang acquire some new desperately-needed kitchen equipment. It makes life a lot easier for us and especially our cool. Big thanks to you guys.

PHMF (Priscilla Hall Memorial Foundation) helped us fund our latest seminar for the village ladies. Run by our nurse and doctor (who have an outreach to the 7 villages nearby), the topic this time was “Good Sanitation” - it went down very well and some 83 villagers (men and women) attended. We plan to hold these seminars every three months but don’t have the funds at the moment. If you are interested to support just click here. So thank you PHMF for this help…most appreciated.

The girls rugby team goes from strength to strength. We hope some of our girls will make it onto the national Indonesian team with matches planned in KL and Singapore.

Finally our senior high school students have graduated and all left us for work. Sad to see them go but so happy we have managed to find jobs for all 12 in two companies in Jakarta and Bogor. Of these 12, 5 will enter night university in Bogor studying various majors and funded by sponsors and themselves from their salaries.

In short, everything is doing just fine and God has been so good to us. Jev and I wish you to be blessed and happy. Without supporters like yourselves behind us we can do none of this. And if you'd like to make a donation, please click here.

Yours in Christ,

Mike and Jev Hilliard