Monday, July 9
Christians in Malaysia are known for their faith in Christ and for their love of sharing the gospel. An example of this is the Malaysian churches' commitment to share with migrant workers from Vietnam. These workers often come from rural villages. Once relocated to factory settings in Malaysia, they are isolated from family and friends and unfamiliar with their surroundings.
Through the year, Christians from a wide range of churches open their homes and provide transportation, English classes, and a variety of activities for Vietnamese workers. During the Christmas holiday season, Malaysian Christians invite Vietnamese to celebrate with them. In Christmas 2010, nearly 5,000 Vietnamese were hosted at celebrations that took place over a two-and-a-half-week period. There was a fruitful harvest with well over 1,000 testifying to their faith in Christ.
- Rev. Paul Friesen, PC(USA) regional liaison for Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam
Nineteen, unmarried, and still at school! Rekha turns a deaf ear to the teasing. When she completes her schooling later this year, she will be the first girl in her village to do so. Rekha nearly missed out on school altogether. Born to a poor family in Sunsari, one of the plainland districts in Nepal, Rekha worked hard to enable her five younger sisters to become educated. She longed to go to school herself. Partner Mobilization Centre, a United Mission to Nepal partner, provided a limited number of education scholarships in her village. She applied and was accepted. Her hard work has paid off, and this courageous young woman has realized her dream.
Let us join in prayer for:
Presbyterian Church of Malaysia: Rev. Hua Peng, Chua, moderator, Elder Cheh Liang, Mok, general secretary * United Mission to Nepal: Dr. Mark Galpin, executive director * National Council of Churches of Nepal: Dr. K. B. Rokaya, general secretary * National Churches Fellowship of Nepal: Dr. Narayan P. Maharjan, general secretary
Let us pray
We praise you, God, for the bountiful harvest in Malaysia and pray that the fruit of this harvest and those in Nepal will remain and grow. Amen.