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.