All of the DTS’ at YWAM are broken up into two phases – lecture phase and field assignment phase. For the past 10 weeks, the family I am nannying for has been participating in the lecture phase with teachings in the following areas: the nature and character of God, hearing God’s voice, teaching and ministry into areas of past experiences, spiritual warfare, biblical Christian world view, the Kingdom of God, the acts of the Holy Spirit, nations and cultures, and evangelism. In 12 days, we’ll enter into the field assignment phase, traveling from the beaches of Kona to the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. If you’re anything like me when it comes to geography, you’re wondering, “Where is Malaysia?” Malaysia is located south of Thailand and Cambodia and east of Singapore. If you’re a visual person, feel free to take a look at this map.
Here are some stats about Malaysia, specifically Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the second largest city in Malaysia by population. The city is home to the tallest twin buildings in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers. The weather is warm and sunny, along with abundant rainfall, and the temperatures tend to remain constant. There are three major ethnic groups in Kuala Lumpur, the Malays, Chinese, and the Indians. Islam is the official religion in Malaysia. Here is a link to a video about how to pray for Malaysia.
Here are some ways you can be praying for us:
1. Our travels. Including our layover in South Korea, we’ll spend two full days traveling. Please pray that everything would go smoothly and that we wouldn’t have any issues with passports (i.e. losing mine) or luggage. Please pray for the kids. I’m having a hard time imagining myself spending so many hours on a plane, much less a 2, 4 and 7-year old. Pray for our physical, emotional and spiritual strength as we fly half way around the world.
2. Team unity: Including kids, we have close to 20 people on our team. You can imagine everything that comes along with that number – 20 different walks of life, different nationalities and cultures, different opinions, etc., all of which have the potential to create lots of challenges. Pray for a strong bond between each one of us. Pray that we would die to ourselves each day, remembering that we are not the point. Pray that we would bring Romans 12:9-13 to life, which says: “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”
As we prepare to leave Kona, we’re beginning to come to grips with the fact that we will have to say goodbye to many of the people we have come to know and love over the past 3 months. Although it will be difficult, the bright side is that now I have a reason to visit places around the world like Cape Cod, Norway, Switzerland and Canada. We’ve really enjoyed our time here and are excited to see what lies ahead.
The infamous Petronas Twin Towers