(Today’s speaker, Brother Ankit, son of Pr Ajit and Anita, hails from Punjab. He has just graduated from Malaysia Bible Seminary (MBS) with a degree of Master of Ministry (M.Min). Besides theological pursuits, Ankit is a track and field athlete and enjoys playing basketball).
- Seeing how you’ve adapted well with the people and culture here, what are some of the highlight moments that you’d miss when you return home?
I think I had a really great time with my friends back in the seminary. All three of my other dorm mates are also from different nations. It was quite an experience because we have different cultures and different ways of expressing ourselves but we really enjoyed our time together and I believe this friendship will go beyond these things. I also made some Chinese speaking friends. Even though they can’t speak English, I do play basketball with them regularly. I think these are the good memories and highlights for me.
- Being a student in a foreign country, do you face any challenging moments? Could you share some with us and how’d you overcome it.
It was a challenging journey for me for the past few years because I first arrived late to Malaysia due to my Visa and because of that, I was welcomed with a lot of assignments. On top of that, I was also very new to theological studies. On top of that I had to adapt to a new culture as I didn’t really “blend well with the food” at first. However, one of the key things that I really want to share and to glorify God is that throughout this journey filled with prayer has really helped me over these years to sustain myself emotionally and also mentally. And I believe God has been faithfully helping me through people and through the presence of the Holy Spirit. Theological studies itself is very challenging but I have been helped by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom that comes from God.
- Share with us one(1) area of improvement that could be brought to today’s generation.
I think one of the things I see in the Malaysian culture is the admiration of young people towards the Western/Aussie culture as the Christian culture here is also very much influenced by them. I believe it is good to look up to others but we need to get back to the culture that is very biblical that leads us and the young people to seek His holiness in our lives. It is good to look at churches that are doing well, but we need to get back to the Scriptures where we really find the biblical culture that should be in our lives.
- Share 1 area/experience which you’d like to put into practice.
One thing I’d like to put into practice is seeing the way New Life leadership has been working. I have been reflecting, seeing and thinking about their leadership as it is very important what you say and how you present yourself. I believe it is something I will always keep in mind forever and how I’ve learned and reflected from their leadership. The way they have been working and have been working for many years is a good example and good testimony, so we should have this kind of mindset that allows us to work together. Also the way Pr Lawrence gives opportunity to the young people is very good. And if more leaders can do it, it would be good because I believe young people always have potential and energy as compared to the older generation. So if there is someone (young) who is mature and knows how to channel their gifting, that would be great. So even when I go back to India and even though I am young, I will look out for even younger people and impart to them whatever I have learned. Raise new people, give them opportunities.
- Would you see yourself coming back to Malaysia?
Yes, if it’s God’s will.