Asia West Pacific 

Malaysia: AVP as an experience of growth and awareness

 By Kins Aparece

Smiling Sharon and Simple Sinna. Photo by: Denise Ho

On her way back to the Philippines from Indonesia, Kins stopped over in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to support Melanie in organizing some workshops there. The workshop was facilitated by Denise (Singapore), Melanie (Malaysia), and Kins (Philippines). For months they worked online practicing the activities and cheering on Melanie as she invited people to join the event.

Eight participants from Malaysia and Switzerland attended the first Creating Cultures of Peace (CCP) Empowerment Workshop on July 20-21, 2019 at YMCA-Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The participants work in development (international & local), service care (street people and prison ministry), law and a student in the university. The participants represented all the major races of Malaysia. They expressed interest in practicing the tools regularly after the training and introducing this work to their family and friends. In their own words:

Faithful Fatima and Daring Denise. Photo by Denise Ho

The venue of the workshop was quite small and the participants were few so we opted to form ‘concentric lines’ instead of circles. Photo by: Melanie Siaw

Encouraging Elaine (2nd from left) with Nice Nelson, Independent Iman, and Faithful Fatima doing broken squares. Photo by: Kins Aparece

It was an experience of growth to be aware and to develop my gifts and talents. All the activities helped me cultivate the art of listening and accompanying when people approach me. The workshop also made me realize the greater power in me to opt for peace and spread it. It brought about a transformation in myself. Thanks to the organisers for their effort in making a successful workshop.
~ Faithful Fatima, a religious sister welcoming the homeless in Kuala Lumpur City

This AVP workshop was a surprise for me as I did not know what to expect. However, after attending the two-day workshop I realized that there is a lot to learn, especially empathy, how to listen, transforming power, and many more. The facilitators are very skilled and warm while creating a friendly space for me in the past two days. I must say that I am more alert now when communicating with those around me. Thank you AVP!! ~ Smiling Sandra, prison ministry volunteer

My weekend with AVP wasn’t just fun, it was an encounter with complete strangers… and best of all we saw ourselves and each other as beautiful, worthy and precious beings. We also learned to listen and communicate and most importantly connect with ourselves and one another. I had a good time and good insights from this workshop. ~ Encouraging Elaine, lawyer

I’m glad that I came to this workshop. It taught me many things like empathy, how to be a good listener, and how to be a good companion. It surely will benefit me in my ministry work. The facilitators were very friendly and made the sessions very lively. I love the games! ~ Nice Nelson, prison ministry volunteer