The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Cross traffic

A hectic taxi drive turns into a journey of faith

When I was growing up in the Midwest, I thought everyone was Lutheran.

 Much later I realized that not everyone believed the same things my family and members of my congregation did. Some of my friends belonged to other denominations, and I even knew of one or two people who weren't Christian. But I never really thought about it much and took my faith and belief system for granted.

Today, I live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A country of 22 million people, Malaysia is primarily Muslim; but it also has strong representations of the Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist faiths. Christianity counts for less than 8 percent of the population.

Living in a non-Christian country presents many challenges and, every once in awhile, a surprise.

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February issue


Embracing diversity