Greetings from Malaysia. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. We’re preparing for our big holiday as we speak. Here in Malaysia, the holiday centers around Chinese New Year (January 29) and we are so looking forward to the festivities. Let the fireworks, lion dances, Hong Bao (red envelopes full of money), family visits and Chinese food feasts begin.
Our New Year will begin with 7 days of prayer and fasting (starting tomorrow). Our greatest prayer is that many Malay, Chinese and Indian in Penang would come to know Jesus in 2009. Would you please take some time over the next week to pray for Penang, our church plant and our family? Your prayers play such an important role in our work here in Malaysia.
We are thrilled to share with you some great news. After many years of prayer, Cindy’s brother Eric gave his heart to Jesus and amazing things are happening in his life. Eric is a very talented graphic artist in London with so much going for him. He has a high paying job, beautiful girlfriend, stylish flat, he’s living in “the greatest city in the world”, but there was a real emptiness in his life.
Due to immigration issues, Eric returned back to Malaysia in July. When his work visa application was DENIED, he realized how everything he so valued in life can be gone in a moment. Like never before in his life, Eric began to cry out to God for help. He also began visiting an Every Nation church in Kuala Lumpur. Then just last week, during a visit to Penang, Eric shared with me how he has totally surrendered his life to Jesus and his life is being transformed from the inside out. Praise God!
In the midst of Eric becoming a Christian, there is a new openness of Cindy’s Buddhist and Taoist parents to the Gospel. They now know all 3 of their children are Christians and there will be no child to care for them in their “afterlife”. We ask you to keep Cindy’s parents in your prayers when we visit them for Chinese New Years.
On another note, we had a house filled on Christmas day with people we have been reaching out to in Penang. We had over 30 visitors of an incredibly diverse background. We had Myanmar, Filipino, Indian, Malay, and Chinese friends. It was awesome time of fellowship, and has really opened many of their hearts to future ministry. We will keep you updated on the praise reports to come!
Finally, Cindy and I just wanted to thank you again for your role in this church plant in Malaysia. We are totally committed to proclaiming Jesus everyday in this nation, and we are so grateful for our ministry partners who stand with us in this work. Many days the challenges seem too overwhelming, but knowing the Lord has called us here and you are standing with us keeps us pressing on.
Thank you again. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. God bless!