Monday, January 12, 2009

Koge

The town of Koge ( pronouced Koeergh? - or something like that, it's a silent 'og' ) is a small quiet port town. People mind their own business and walk around hurriedly, and they also mostly all wear black. I think it's just the cold, maybe. Temperatures dance about in the range of 0 to -10 degrees here this time of the year. The wind chills are colder, and not ideal for standing around for chatting and such.

There's the main market square, where all the shops are, where all the activity happens, and where all the people converge.


The roads are mainly stone, and the buildings look like they've been there for centuries. There are timber houses that are at least 500 years old, and there're many small walkway passages that lead you into house courtyards.


Everything else around the main city square is quiet, and not very many people drive. Walking and cycling seems to be the main mode around here. The town's got a population of about 34000, and apparently, at some point in history 'witches' got burned at the stake right in this town's market square.

Everything here is expensive, but that's not cos it's Koge, but because this is Denmark, and if the Brits and the Americans also say that it's expensive, you can bet the Malaysian currency just won't 'deal' here.

p/s : "Wanna go shopping, stroller a hassle? Why just leave the baby outside for air and sunshine!"
In this picture, the stroller REALLY had a life baby inside, and no parents and no one around. I found my Malaysian self very conscious and shocked about that - but maybe it's really THAT safe around here.

I haven't had to spend anything yet, tho - We have ample of everything on ship. And those that I didn't have, and have desired - have miraculously appeared to me in many different ways. Now I have good winter boots, hot chocolate, and good moisture lotion - stuff I wanted/needed/hoped for that I now have. It's cool.
Really. :)

Prayer points :
The town of Koge has taken awhile to be really warm and accepting of the ship and her ministry. Most Danish Christians go to the local state church, the Folkekirken , and are traditional and conservative. Most of them practice religion by name, as part of culture. Few really know God, other than the fact that they have to be at church to do official stuff. It's honourable to be a church leader, and helps in the political game. Some church leaders are not even believers themselves, it's all academic, and very procedural.
So yea, pray that this Logos Hope ship ( and it's company ) would be like warmth in this cold land, both in temperature and heart. But more importantly that the people be 'awakened' to a real and personal relationship with God.

I got some pictures from the ship - and YES, the place is picture perfect. It's so easy taking amazing pictures here, the colours are beautiful!









2 comments:

yennie said...

Mich,
Glad you are enjoying so far..Lovely place this is! But miss you, too!!

.:mysh:. said...

Yen Nie!

Thanks, 'enjoying' is a matter of 'heart'. Yeah, sometimes you feel that. At other times you feel 'slave driven', and at others you feel like you're in a 'never-ending Christian Camp' (!). ah, but it's all good.. The place is nice, but I think it looks better in pictures. Still too cold to be frolicking out. All of those pictures were taken with numb fingers.

I miss you too. And I still want to see your 'semi-professional' pictures.

hugx!