After extending Christmas vacation into the realm of blogging for the sake of being present to my family and to my candidacy for ordained ministry in the ELCA (I received a positive endorsement decision this past week!), During the World will now be resumed from the opposite side of the world as my family and I visit my wife's mother's family in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! While I plan to take advantage of every moment the next two weeks will afford to explore this strange new world outside the safety of our Western Christian bubble (Malaysia is officially a Muslim country, and is home to a staggering and inspiring mosaic of religious diversity among the disparate ethnicities and cultures which comprise its inhabitants), I do hope to reflect on my experiences via postings here. (Pending imminent jet-lag upon our return, I hope regular blogging will recommence with the onset of the Spring semester at LTSS).
Upon landing, Leah's step-dad, Chris, who was called here on business for the year, greeted us and took us for a ride on the "KLIA Ekspres," a high speed bullet train connecting the airport to the capitol.
Our first glimpse of KL, along with its world-famous Petronas Towers through the tropical haze and the blur of the swiftly passing countryside. Can't wait to discover all the city has to offer!