Youth and adults from all over Malaysia, representing 14 states congregated in Kluang, Johor on the 19th of July to participate in the country's first national youth-run prayer meeting, running from 8 am to 8 pm.
This prayer gathering is a call for youth across the nation of Malaysia to come together to pray and seek the Lord. It is also to establish and further strengthening of ties between the other prayer and youth networks in the country. It is hoped that together we can raise and mobilize a 100,000 youth in the next 5 years to channel them into the 10 pillars of nation transformation. The 10 pillars are education, health care, business and commerce, media, performing arts, NGOs, legal and justice, government, family and church which are areas of society in a nation.
Pastor Ann Low of the Malaysian National Prayer Network (MNPN), Pastor Kenneth Chin from AYA, Pastor Victor Wong, and Pastor Selva Sunther, who is the Chairman of the Kluang Pastor's Fellowship were some of the pastors who were in attendance. Also, Pastor Bobby Majimbun, from Sabah; the Youth Pastor of Agape Presbyterian Church, Lim Jit Pang and the head of Eden Community Services, Pastor Paul Tam were also present. Pastor Martin from Labis and Pastor James from Melaka also gave their support. The total number of youths gathered were between 400-500, some coming as far as Kuantan, Kulim, Alor Setar and Kangar. Youth were represented from Johor Bharu, Labis, Batu Pahat and Muar for the Johor state.
After some icebreakers, the meeting started with an inter-church worship session led by the youth. This was followed by a short sermon by Pastor Kenneth Chin, who gave the call for young people to give themselves to "full-time vocational ministry" which is aligned with the raising of the 100,000 youth- choosing professions with a missions focus. There was also a time of corporate repentance and reconciliation. After that, the Convener for the Malaysia National Prayer Network, Pastor Ann Low, led the assembly to pray for Malaysia, in conjunction with the nationwide call for prayer at noon.
A luncheon was held with the purpose of gathering the Youth Leaders and Pastors to share the vision to raise up a generation to go into various areas of influence in society (business, education, etc) for the purpose of evangelization of towns/cities with the lowest number of Christians (less than 20). The community has agreed to continue to dialogue in the coming months to develop a network and work towards raising up leaders to go where faith costs the most.
After lunch, Eric Foo from Hebron Presbyterian Church, Skudai led in prayer for the different states of Malaysia. Then, 7 youth representatives from all over the country prayed for the youth in Malaysia. It was a cry for our fellow friends and family and for us to be the light so that all may know of His wonderful love for us all. The concluding message was delivered by Pastor Sunther as he challenged and led the youth to pray for the nations of the world. The day ended with declaring our love for the Lord’s promise land to us and our beloved country Malaysia.