“Hello, Mister! What is your name? Where do you go? Come here, friend!” Abdul smiles while watching some teenagers calling out to a Western-looking couple. “Those kids,” thinks Abdul, “they want to learn English so badly.” Abdul began learning English in high school. In the university, he studied conversational English from a foreign professor. Abdul recognises and respects English speakers for their advantage in the job market.
Eri is a lecturer at the university. She wishes she had access to the computers and equipment she relied on while completing her master’s degree in the United States. Like citizens of most developing countries, Eri wants to see the standard of living improve in her city. Bureaucratic red-tape, lack of technology and infrastructure, and corruption are some of the main culprits in slow advancement. She wonders how long it will take for her country to catch up to the technology of the world.
Adbul and Eri represent any people eager to grow in knowledge and help modernise their city. Economic development is the top goal of many national and regional governments in South East Asia. Unfortunately, this often includes the negative influences of materialism, individualism, and western media entertainment.
Will you pray for Muslims?
- Pray for government leaders in South East Asia, for wisdom in their decisions and policymaking.
- Pray that God would send professionals and entrepreneurs who can help with the development of countries like Abdul & Eri’s.