loren Eric Swanson: Malaysia Day 2

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Malaysia Day 2

Day 2 is off to a good start. We started at 8:30 with worship and then Sam spoke for a couple of hours on "To Transform a City." Sam was at his best. This is the pattern that we will use throughout our time here. I will be speaking on externally focused church and Sam will take the city material. After the session ended we broke for lunch with a group of pastors--a great time of fellowship and always a delight. One of the three pastors who hosted this event is Kuilan Suppiah from Trinity Baptist Church here in Alor Star. His church is very externally focused with a childcare program of over 1000, a home for elderly, another home for disabled children. He told Sam and me that recently they took a team to one of the indigines tribes and installed two toilets and a washroom. Good deeds created good will and good will paved the way for good news with many coming to faith.

The day only got better. Sam and I showed up in the hotel ballroom for the graduation exercises for whose who had completed the first year of John Maxwell's Million Leaders Mandate curriculum. Simon and Ratna Locke, Richard Rajoo a Ooi Piek See have done a stellar job, flying up twice a month to Alor Star training these folks. Everything about the banquet was awesome--seven course meal--the worship group--lead by Mjr. John, fighter pilot for royal malaysian airforce, who after leading some powerful worship music broke into John Denver's "Country Roads" and had the people singing alon. Sam turned and said to me, "It doesn't get better than this." I'll post more pics and video when i have more time. have to catch the plane.


At Tuesday, May 13, 2008 10:12:00 PM, Blogger Kevin Col√≥n said...

Hope you're having fun. Amy and I ate at that KFC 10 years ago. We were on our way to Port Dixon to do a youth camp for M's kids--just one of the crazy things Bob Roberts got us into. Looking forward to the get-togethers for church planters later this summer. Thanks for your investment in us. Say HI to Sam for me.


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