- Waypoint Church
Our Heart for Kuala Lumpur
Updated: Jul 21, 2022
Written by Lawrence Yoo
Jina and I recently got back from a trip to Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. While there, we had the opportunity to meet with ministries that prayerfully recruit, train, coach and resource leaders who cultivate gospel movements in global cities primarily through church planting) and hear about their shared vision for the city.
They shared with us that Christians make up only 3% of the population of Kuala
Lumpur. However, because of the great influx of people moving to the city, to even maintain this small percentage would require planting two churches a week! Needless to say, churches are not being planted every week. There is a great need in this rapidly growing global city and that need has captured my heart. During these meetings with those who have invested their lives to minister in Kuala Lumpur, we saw a picture of the vision that God has planted in the hearts of these joint ministries. They stated they wanted to see a church within walking distance of every major metro stop in the city. We love that vision! We want to be a part of that vision!
If the future of evangelism and kingdom advancement in “KL” is through church planting, we need workers with that same vision. In the current climate of most developing cities, traditional missions’ strategies are not as effective. The local missionaries are praying for Christians in the workplace and at home (retirees, stay at home parents) who live out their faith in their everyday lives, who place Jesus above academic and financial success, who value church involvement, who can befriend their neighbors and invite them to church.
Our desire at Waypoint is to pray, support, and send so that the kingdom of God can advance. I believe we have a wonderful opportunity before us in KL and I look forward to sharing more with you in the future.
“ When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”-Mark 9:36-38