Malaysia is a nation of diverse cultures, races and religions. There are modern cities, among which Kuala Lumpur is ever growing outwards and upwards. These are striking contrast to idyllic resorts, historic cities such as Melaka and Penang, colonial hill resorts, longhouses of Sabah & Sarawak, and an expanse of rainforest which covers around 70% of the land area. Parts of this dense jungle are still unexplored because of their inaccessibility. Malaysia is also a land of rice paddy fields, rubber and oil palm estates, human settlements on river banks and sea shores, and high rise condominiums.
Malaysia, located in South East Asia, lies north of the equator. It consists of two parts – Peninsular Malaysia (West Malaysia) and East Malaysia comprising of Sabah and Sarawak (in North Borneo). Peninsular Malaysia is joined to the mainland Asia by a narrow isthmus – Isthmus of Kra. Thailand lies to the north of Peninsular Malaysia while the island of Singapore lies at its southern tip. The South China Sea (600km – 370 miles) separates West Malaysia from East Malaysia. The two parts of Malaysia covers a total land area of 127,284sq miles (329,750km). Malaysia’s name derives from its former name Malaya which comes from the name of its dominant race the Malays, and earlier still from the seventh century Kingdom of Melayu in Sumatera.
Historically and Geographically, Malaysia is a truly multi-racial country with a rich cultural heritage of friendly, hospitable and warm-hearted people. It is a nation of diversity in unity where Malays, Chinese, Indians, the indigenous people of Sabah and Sarawak, and minority communities live and work in harmony as one people yet preserving the traditions and cultures unique to each race. This is guided by the Rukunegara, the Malaysian Declaration of National Philosophy with its 5 tenets – Believe in God, Loyalty to King and Country, Upholding the Constitution, Rule of Law, and Good Behaviour and Morality. The colorful multifaceted culture is seen in almost everything – the festivals, dances, costumes, arts and crafts, games, musical instruments and the exotic cuisine, pastimes and the lifestyles.
A number of resources are available for you to try to enhance your World Day of Prayer experience. Nothing is more inviting or more important to a culture than food! Please be sure to try our WDP 2012 recipes.
If you have any questions about this year's service, or would like additional materials, please contact us!
World Day of Prayer 2012 Resources
A number of resources are available as free downloads these include: the Bible studies, recipes, the WDP graphic and WDP poster.Order WDP worship materials such as: WDP worship booklets, Leadership Guides, DVD, CD or display poster, please contact us.
If you have any questions about this year's service, or would like additional materials, please contact the WICC office.
Pray for Malaysia
The motto of the World Day of Prayer is "Informed Prayer, Prayerful Action". One way to keep the people of Malaysia in your prayers as you prepare for the upcoming World Day of Prayer on March 2nd is to use the Google Alerts system. Visit Google Alerts and fill in the simple search terms.
Malaysia is a good model of racial integration with its multiracial, multicultural and multi-religious community living in harmony with one another. This year's theme"Let Justice Prevail" was chosen prayerfully by a committee of Malaysian lay women.
As Christians, let us continue to pray to the Almighty that this peaceful and harmonious atmosphere with justice, stability and religious freedom will prevail always. Vision 2020 is Malaysia's long term goal to become a developed nation, achieve a balanced growth and a high quality of life by 2020. Currently, the new concept for the nation is to build "One Malaysia, People First, Performance Now." The One Malaysia concept is to ensure all races enjoy equal success.
"Where there is no vision, the people perish"
Proverbs 29 : 18
About the 2012 WDP graphic
About the 2012 WDP artist Hanna Cheriyan Varghese (1938-2009) is remembered as an unassuming, gentle, tranquil and creative person from a supportive and religious family. Varghese said: "Thoughts and imagery from the Bible Text are intertwined, and sometimes the vision comes in a flash. But most of the time the images develop through a constant process of meditation. I have a responsibility to present the right image. Visual images reveal more of one's mind than words. That is why art has been used in education, contemplation, meditation and veneration in Christian tradition."Varghese died in Kuala Lumpur on June 12, 2009 she was 71.