Malaysia Trip

Our trip to Malaysia we made back in December went really well! We went to Kuala Lumpur, the nation’s capital, to renew our visas and to spend time with the local churches to learn more about the outreaches they’re conducting in the city. Malaysia is a pretty unique place. The country is made up of three primary ethnic groups, Chinese, Indian and native Malay. The Malaysian culture is a diverse blend of these three groups making it very different from Thailand! Each group brings their own language, customs and religion into the mix that makes Malaysia what it is. There are Hindu temples, Muslim mosques, and Buddhist Temples scattered across the city.

KL is a fascinating and beautiful place with all of its diversity.

KL is a fascinating and beautiful place with all of its diversity.

Sam, one of the ministers at Soi 4 had worked hard getting our paperwork in order to get new visas. We’re happy to say that all of his hard worked payed off and that we were able to successfully get better visas for Thailand! Things went surprisingly smoothly for us at the Thai Embassy. We were a bit nervous when the Consulate General called us back in an office to talk to us. Thinking, “Oh no, we’re not going to get the visas we were wanting”. But that wasn’t the case at all! We were quickly relieved when we learned that he was very interested in the volunteer work that we’re doing in Thailand and just wanted to hear more about it! We’re thankful that everything went so well. It was clear that God had His hands in it!

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It’s always a blessing to be able to spend time with churches in another country! Chong Fatt, the minister at the PJ church of Christ, picked us up from the airport. The PJ church has a guest room that we were able to stay in while we were there. Over our trip we were able to visit a few churches in KL. We spent our first Sunday morning with the PJ church, went out with one of their members for the afternoon and then went to a smaller house church later that evening. The next week Gary spoke at the Wasu Manju church, a congregation planted across town primarily to reach out to a university in the area. Gary and his AIM team were apart of this church’s first gathering when they went on a visa run to Malaysia 8 years ago!

Time with the Malaysian churches.

Time with the Malaysian churches.

We really loved being able to learn more about KL and really enjoyed being able to visit the various religious sites. We especially enjoyed seeing the monkeys at Bantu Cave! But some of the highlights from our trip were the times that we got to spend out on the town with a few of the Christians we met there. Discovering new food with a sweet couple from the PJ church and walking around KL’s Chinatown with them, and talking about discipleship and Christianity in Malaysia over coffee all afternoon with a young church leader. It’s these personal moments with others that we always treasure the most!

We loved getting to spend time with the Christians there!

We loved getting to spend time with the Christians there!

Our time in Malaysia was really great but it sure was nice to return home to Bangkok. Coming back to Thailand after being away for the week made it feel all the more like home!

See more pictures from our trip in our photo album here

One Response to Malaysia Trip

  1. Steve Burns says:

    I have to admit that among other things, I am a bit jealous of all that fantastic scenery that you get to see over there. Glad that it all went well and that you were able to get back home and resume your work without any visa problems!

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