May 2007


Still confined to the internet cafes, and darn! I forgot my earplugs again. This is a young culture of rabid gamers – Dave you would feel right at home – and they all like their games LOUD!

Still no internet connection at home. It has been two weeks since we ordered the phone line so we could get online, and still no success. Our apologies to all those who would like to see pictures, but we can’t load anything in the cafes (no access) or at work (Secure server. Locke’s staff will understand).

Other than that we are having a blast, and feel truly blessed to be in this beautiful country serving God and making new friends. I have been hard at work preparing lessons for the July intake and Pam’s been working on getting her office set up at home so she can make contact with the Trans World Radio office in Singapore. We are both out tonight with church activities. I have a men’s supper and prayer meeting, Pam has a ladies’ night out. We are not starved for activity, but we miss the regular contact that the internet allows. Hopefully tomorrow!

Last Monday we applied to have a phone line installed. Not that we need a phone, but we do need the internet connection which is only available through the phone lines in Malaysia. A week ago that was installed and we immediately began getting calls to install the internet service that we had ordered. We were a little suspicious since we had been told that it would take a few days for our phone line to be ‘activated’, whatever that meant. It certainly didn’t mean activated, since the phone worked just fine. But apparently this didn’t mean it was ‘activated.’ There are moments here in Malaysia when you think that you have just followed Alice down a rabbit hole.

Since we couldn’t understand the people on the phone line wanting to install the internet, we were force to trek back out to Telecom Malaysia (the owners of the other huge tower in KL) to find out what was going on. They told us our phone wasn’t ‘activated’ yet. So we waited, and dealt with the telemarketers as best as we could, never know if it was the real installers that we were dissuading.

Yesterday I got an email from TM, which gave me written access to someone at TM so I could get some real info. I found out the name and phone number of the installer and today he came to install the service. I hope. I am still at work so I don’t know for sure, but we will keep you posted.

It has been a few days since we have been able to post.  Having moved to the condo and needing to wait for Telekom Malaysia to get a land line in place, we are limited to internet cafes.  Not a bad option as they are clean and cool, if a little loud. We continue to be delighted by the ethnic and culinary variety of this amazing country. The level of cleanliness and personal safety are issues, but fortunately the Lord provided a place that is both clean and safe, and we have met a number of good Christian friends who are watching out for us. We are looking forward to the day when we can be a blessing in return. We will post a picture when that option become available again. Our new address is T1-L3-A Boulevard, Jalan SS12/1 Subang Jaya 47500, Selangor, Malaysia

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Honestly, we did not even pray for anything this beautiful and clean. We still can’t believe that we are moving in on Saturday. Our new condo is called the Boulevard and is just beside our hotel. We are on the third floor with a colonnade out to the swimming pool from our front door- and we still have a view of the Petronas Towers. We are the very first tenants so it is so clean and has some rare features for an Asian home, like a shower stall and a vanity top in the bathroom! (As opposed to taking a shower sitting on the toilet while balancing shampoo and soap on the thin edge of a sink)
We went to cell group last night and met some great people from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are looking forward to making some friends there. Our computer is going in today to be completely wiped so we are a little anxious that we may lose contact and who knows what else, so don’t worry if you hear nothing for a few days.

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There are some structures that stand in as a representative for a particular city or culture. Think of the Great Wall, the Pyramids, the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower; they are more than stone or steel they are part of the national and even the world’s consciousness. The Petronas Towers do the same for Malaysia, and serve notice that a new nation is beginning to make a statement to the world. It is also a beautiful and powerful structure in its own right. We were impressed.

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