The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Marked for God

Malaysian Lutherans take the gospel to mountain people

Gideon Chang held up one hand — short, square, strong — and pointed to a small black mark just below his thumb. "In Chinese hospitals in 1937 when I was born, many babies got mixed up, lost to their families," he said.

"My mother put this mark on me so she would know I was her child," continued Chang, bishop of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia, as he sat cross-legged on the floor of a Sengoi family's pole house. Nine members had come to be baptized. Another, a grandmother, stood outside at the door and listened.

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