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Malaysia Update

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Time flies when you’re having fun! I can’t believe that my time in Malaysia is already half way over. We spent 3 weeks in KL and have settled into our new area in Penang. We traveled 4 hours north by train, then a 20-minute ferry ride to the busy island to meet our contact for our following 3 weeks here in Georgetown. We are staying in the upper level of the homeless shelter that we are working with. Everything is in walking distance which is huge for us since we had to take Ubers everywhere in KL. We finished our time in KL by spending time with people that we had build close relationships with and of course doing our laundry “missionary style” at the local café that we discovered. Yes, a place to pay to do your laundry then sip on some coffee while you wait. Georgetown and Penang are known for their variety and delicious food and I can speak from experience that they were not kidding on that. Everywhere we walk is filled with cafes, street vendors, and fruit stands clustered together taunting us. After a quick orientation of a possible ministry opportunity on Saturday morning, we were able to have most of the day to explore and get used to the area around us. We are staying right in the middle of the hub of backpackers. Our street is called Love Lane and is filled with hostels and late night cafes. It has been enjoyable meeting people from all over the world and learning of what brought them to Malaysia. Georgetown is populated heavily by Chinese therefore we are extremely excited to celebrate the Chinese New Year in a few weeks. I love the cultural experience that we have had already so quick within our first few days here. One thing that is common etiquette in Malaysia is removing your shoes before you enter into a home. Shoes are left outside even before going into a spa parlor. Another common etiquette is also using only your right hand. The left hand could mean bad luck, the hand you use to wipe with, and rudeness. Walking down the street is truly never a dull moment.

Today we were able to get our ministry schedule finally! We have been waiting in anticipation. The ministries we will be involved in are teaching/volunteering at schools, street evangelism, rock climbing/basketball, prayer/worship nights, and homeless ministry. I’m stoked for all of these opportunities to just be the hands and feet of Jesus and to serve. We were in a school this morning working with kids and it reminded me of how excited I get being in schools and the teacher side of me comes out. I was amazed at how eager these students were to learn the simplest things. They were also intrigued of how I was in Malaysia and of course wondering how I was enjoying myself so far.

These next 3 are going to be full of stories, adventure, miracles, and happenings. I’m ready to finish these last weeks strong and full of passion for the people here. I’ve loved the people here, how they are welcoming and interested in our lives even if we only interact for a short time.
Megan Myers

 

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Paraguay Update

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Through outreach God has been relentlessly showing me the influence that prayer has in my life and the lives of others. One Sunday evening my team and I attended the biggest church in Asunción as we had been doing for all of the previous Sundays. After the service I felt the spirit stir in me telling me I needed to ask for prayer for the pain in my neck. The prayer team was situated near the front of the stage and soon swarms of people moved to the prayer team. Sensing a long wait I hurried to save a place in line but I was not fast enough. Despite the prayer team stretching from one side of the mega-church stage to the other, lines became seven to ten people long. Five minutes passed, then ten. The lines had only moved one or two people. Discouraged I headed back to my pew, afraid of my team leaving without me. When I arrived my team was chatting it up with our Paraguayan friends looking like they had no intention of leaving. Just to play it safe I sat down in case we decided to leave before I could go back to the stage. Soon the lines were down to a few people and I worked up the courage to go back.

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I wasn’t meant to fit in

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Since beginning the new journey of outreach my life has been impacted in crazy ways. God has given me a whole new perspective on life. My life in particular…
Deciding to drop everything I was working towards for the past 3 years and turning my life completely 180 degrees in the opposite direction by doing a DTS in Belize was a huge step in faith and one of the best decisions of my life. During my 3 month lecture phase I grew in abundance. I met all kinds of people from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds but all with the same goal of seeking more of Jesus. I can honestly say that I’ve never been in a place where there is such a sense of community. Everyone was so loving, so open, so kind. We were a family.

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Men Make Plans and God Laughs

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“Men make plans and God laughs.” Day by day on this outreach God has been making this quote more clear to me. The first time I read it I had mixed feelings about it. Like why would God give us dreams and not allow us to plan for them, and be prepared for what the future brings. And on the other hand there was this thought in my mind that God knows everything that was and is to come. Why wouldn’t he laugh when we try to prepare for the storm when we don’t even know what kind of storm it is?

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Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

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“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna to get.”  This quote from Forrest Gump holds especially true on outreach. As a team we never know what is around the next corner, whether it be good, bad, or otherwise. The one thing that has been made clear to me is that through it all, God isn’t surprised.  He has a plan. Because of this, we have to become like Forrest Gump and in every situation be willing to say “okay” to whatever God asks. This week has been full of unexpected twists, but when we follow God’s calling they always turn out to be far greater than we could imagine. Throughout this past week we spent time at several different establishments including a hospital , a nursing home, and, for the first time this week, a special education school. We arrived at the nursing home on a Tuesday only to find its outer gates locked.

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