This year my wife Grace and I shared the first part of what we hope to be a long term calling. Since teenage years I have noted the expanse of Asia and the vast number of peoples that have never heard the message of the gospel: Mongolia in between China and eastern Russia on the Siberian border. In 1994 there were only 5 known Christians. Today there are 40,000 among three million who are 60 percent Buddhist. The need is great.
We arrived to be met by a Korean lady who is known through our church. She has assisted in the growth of a several churches and now is working with Korean sponsored Huree University in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. She was our guide to three universities, many churches, three language schools, and multiple men and women in the service of Jesus. One missionary rented us an apartment for the two weeks and guided us on a 4-hour trip north near the Russian boarder to the cities of Erdent and Darhan where they have spent the last 15 years or so and reared their 3 daughters. They pioneered multiple churches in that region and we visited several of them. Some buildings were traditional structures and some were round Geer type churches. All had congregation were happy in Christ, loved prayer and praise, and greeted us with joy.
During the trip we saw the dry fields, herds of sheep, horses, cows and camels, but mostly we noticed the people as if sheep with no Shepherd. Most were living as Korea in the 60’s and a church was a rare sight. As we drove we learned of lay preacher who needed training, pastors going door to door ministering to all in their village, and selfless giving to the sick and hungry. There is a great need for Bible literature and Christian growth materials. Doctrinal teaching is hindered by sects and cults who distort the truth. But the great hope and prayer of the church is evangelism of the unreached even to Russia, China and the Islamic states.Most of the people live in the capital city where modern grocery stores, banks, and schools are available. The high-rise apartments are surrounded by round geer homes where coal and oil is burned making dense smog in the winter. This makes lung disease a big health problem. Transportation by taxi is cheap and easy. Many travel by busses that are imported from Japan and Korea. The great opportunity to reach the masses by radio and TV as well as by Christian university and personal evangelism is rare in this part of the world. There is freedom of religious practice and the government is democratic with elections. The church easily may announce services, publish literature, and encourage outreach.
In conclusion, we are greatly encouraged by a growing, loving, serving church that is going to make a great difference in the lives of millions of people not only in Mongolia but the whole of central Asia.
몽고의선교사님들을방문하며, 몽고의땅을향한하나님의사랑과잃어버린영혼을향한하나님의마음을느끼게되었습니다. 몽고의땅에주님의사랑과복음이풍성하게임하길기도합니다.