Hello there from Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. The past two days have been a whirlwind of sightseeing, shopping, and spiritual growth.
We took a day tour to the Batu Caves, a sacred Hindu place of worship, where we climbed over 300 steps to reach the top of the Caves. Here we saw the beautiful caverns where inside the worshippers laid offerings and paid homage to their gods. It was very eye-opening and interesting. We also took at trip on an elevator to the top of the KL telecommunications tower. The tower gave us a birds-eye view of the city of KL and more. Other stops on our trip included the Sultan’s palace, the Malaysian national memorial, the famous pewter factory and the Batik fabric factory.
We also stopped at the National Islamic Mosque. Here the women in our group put on purple robes that covered us from head to toe and some of the men put on robes if they were wearing shorts. All of us took of our shoes out of respect as well. We walked up to the place where worship occurs and observed men praying in the mosque. We also had an opportunity to listen to a guide tell us about the Muslim faith and the teachings of Islam.
In unique ways we have seen the hand of God working in Malaysia. Yesterday we stopped at the Focus on the Family Malaysian headquarters. They have developed a unique relationship with the Malaysian government, which is Islamic, where they have partnered with several government agencies to teach abstinence education to the Malaysian youth. This is a program that involves Focus staff working with teens on the reasons to remain pure until marriage. They have the teen sign a pledge card at the end of the training and they have seen success among many teens who were undecided about sexual purity before marriage become decided to remain pure until marriage. The staff at Focus spoke often about how they have seen God work in Malaysia and they gave all the credit to him. It was comforting to be among brothers and sisters in Christ who have such a deep passion and committment to Jesus.
We will be headed to Thailand on Friday. I will blog from there. Thank you for your prayers and support.
The Southeast Asia Tour