We’ve been in KL for a little over 3 weeks now and the Lord has been moving powerfully. My last post was a little rushed and I didn’t elaborate too much about the area we are staying in or about the ministries the team has been involved in. Thankfully, Heather updated her blog recently and you can head over there to read all the details. 🙂
My week looks a little different from Heather and Rich’s since I’m with the kids. Hudson and Charlee get to go to pre-school at the church from 9:00a to 12:15p and I volunteer there during that time as well. After school, I take them to grab a bite to eat at the train station (it’s usually McDonald’s) and then we head back to the room for rest time. On Monday and Wednesday afternoons, I head over to Stepping Stones to spend time with and love on the kids at the orphanage and help them with their homework, but let’s be honest, playing hangman (English/spelling) and dots (strategic thinking) is way more fun than workbooks!
On Tuesday and Thursday nights, I get to serve with the prostitution ministry. On Tuesday nights I go to the women’s home to worship and study the bible with the girls who live there. These girls were brought to the country to work (some against their will) and were able to escape from their verbally and physically abusive employers. Malaysia is a large hub for trafficking, and many of the girls have been brought from surrounding countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Cambodia. While a local NGO is working to recover the girls’ wages and get them back home to their families, they are placed in the women’s home until their case is resolved. The language barrier adds a level of difficulty when it comes to conversing with the girls, but we learned last night that playing games quickly removes that barrier due to the fact that laughter is universal. These girls are so sweet and I love being around them. Their faith in the Lord is such an encouragement to me. On Thursday nights, I get to participate in outreach to women who have been forced into the sex trade and prostitution. We are in a heart-breaking area and have been informed that in the neighborhood we are in, girls as young as 14 are locked in some of the back rooms of the brothels. The ministry we serve with has a jewelry workshop where they teach the girls a skill so that if they do want to get out, they have a trade. We prayer walk and talk with the girls to inform them about the jewelry workshop and love them-just genuinely love them-like Jesus does. One woman in particular that I’ve been able to connect with calls herself Princess Baby. I told her I liked that name and informed her that mine was Princess Brittany. I sat next to her the other night and she shared some of her snack with me. My prayer is that the Lord would pour His love out on her and open her eyes to help her see that there is a King who desires to make her a true princess. Romans tells us that, “All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” Amen.
It’s difficult for me to wrap my mind around the reality of these girls’ stories and current situations. I find myself frustrated, sad, confused and upset, but I remember the importance of filling my mind with Truth and try to focus on God’s promises. My bible reading plan brought me Psalm 10 last week. David speaks the thoughts of my mind and the desires of my heart much better than I am able to convey when he says,
1 Why, O LORD, do you stand far away?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.
3 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul,
and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.
4 In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him;
all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
5 His ways prosper at all times;
your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
6 He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”
7 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
8 He sits in ambush in the villages;
in hiding places he murders the innocent.
His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
9 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket;
he lurks that he may seize the poor;
he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.
10 The helpless are crushed, sink down,
and fall by his might.
11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten,
he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”
12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand;
forget not the afflicted.
13 Why does the wicked renounce God
and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?
14 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless commits himself;
you have been the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
call his wickedness to account till you find none.
16 The LORD is king forever and ever;
the nations perish from his land.
17 O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
He sees. He hears the cries of the oppressed and the afflicted and promises to execute His justice. I praise and thank Him for this truth.
Please pray. Pray for this area. Pray that God would continue to push back the darkness with His light. Pray for hearts to be stirred. Pray that these women would understand that they are valuable and worthy in His sight and that this isn’t what they were created for. Pray for us. Pray that we would show and proclaim Love boldly. God has been moving powerfully and we know that He will continue to do so even after we leave this place.