Wednesday, July 17
The Presbyterian Church of Malaysia (GPM) has about 7,000 members and offers worship in five languages. Members gather in 33 different locations spread throughout the peninsula. GPM churches are ideally situated to reach out to their non-Christian neighbors. Although there is no centralized mission office, GPM churches are well known for their missional focus. Furthermore, they do not work alone. By networking with the Malaysia Center for Global Mission and other mission agencies, GPM churches gave over 2 million Malaysian ringgit to mission outreach. But their generosity is not limited to financial resources. Church members also reach out to children with learning disabilities, provide Malay language instruction for indigenous interior people groups, support Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade clubs in public schools, and serve migrant workers from other countries. GPM pastors also teach in local seminaries and as a result train and equip students from neighboring countries, including Myanmar, China, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Nepal. Much like the story of Jesus blessing and multiplying the five loaves and two fish the disciples brought to him, church members in Malaysia bear testimony of God’s multiplying their service to others.
—Rev. Paul Friesen, former PC(USA) regional liaison for Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam
Let us join in prayer for:
Presbyterian Church of Malaysia: Rev. Chua Hua Peng, moderator, Elder Cheh Liang Mok, general secretary
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Dick Liberty, BOP
Rev. Joyce Lieberman, OGA
Kathy Lincoln, FDN
Let us pray
Creator God, we pray for Malaysian churches as they reach out to the unreached people groups inside their own borders. We thank you that churches and members are sharing the gospel with the major ethnic groups: the Malay Muslims, Tamil Hindus, and Chinese Buddhists. We ask that you would make the way clear for these groups to have the Bible translated into their heart language. We praise you, God, for fruitful outreach to Vietnamese migrant workers and for those returning to their home country as followers of Jesus. We thank you for the abundant harvest of Sarawak’s interior people groups. We pray for a greater openness to the gospel among the Iban, the largest ethnic group in Sarawak. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.