Danny, Lindy and Helen visited Malaysia in July/August, hosted most of the time by good friend Valsa. This was a prayer and encouragement assignment shortly after a very surprising and unprecedented election when a coalition government won in the first regime change since the country’s independence in 1957. The new government stands for much more religious freedom and laws applied with much more racial equality. Everyone we spoke to was exuberant over the results. Much prayer had been raised to the Lord, leading to the great results. We initially wondered why God had sent us there to pray after the election, not preceding or during. It became clear to us very quickly that this was a strategic time when prayer had to continue and should not be allowed to decrease after the victory, since the coalition government now needed to learn to work together.
The Lord had given Helen some revelation regarding what was happening there. Amos 5:24 says "But let justice flow like a river and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.". The name of the capital city, Kuala Lumpur, means two rivers coming together, forming muddy water. This refers to the confluence of the Gombak and Klang rivers in the heart of the city. We felt that this was a prophetic statement that justice and righteousness were emerging in the nation. When we went to pray and see where the two rivers meet, we were amazed to see that there is an ongoing project cleaning up the area, which is now called “River of Life”. We saw workers actively cleaning the river, and a man-made shelf between the river and the walkway with crystal clear water teeming with fish. The parallels between this area and what seems to be happening across the country were amazing.
This was the basis of the encouragement that Lindy, Helen, Valsa and I gave as we ministered to various churches and houses of prayer across the nation. We also ministered twice at a place of business owned by a Christian, where we loved hearing about some of their visits to the indigenous tribes, where the children could not cross a river to go to school so they even built a suspension bridge over the river following instructions from YouTube. We also blessed the nation as we prayer-walked in various places in three different cities and countryside in between, prayer walked outside the King’s palace. Lindy and I were even able to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary – wonderful!
While staying with our new friend Anna on the island of Penang, we laughed when we stumbled across the Miami Café. But then we heard part of their story. The family that owns it lives at the café, which is much lower than the road very close to sea level. When the tsunami hit the island the baby was washed out to sea, mattress and all. But 45 minutes later, the baby floated back on top of the mattress, unharmed. We saw the grown up young lady there. The family did not suffer any serious injuries, although many others up and down the coast did.
We are confident that all the prayer rising like incense in that nation, including our prayer, will keep the country moving in the right direction, with justice flowing like a river and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.