Mongolia is associated in most people’s minds with the conquests of Genghis Khan. However, present day Mongolia represents only a portion of the former Mongol empire. More ethnic Mongolians currently live in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in China than in Mongolia itself. Extensive mineral deposits have begun to transform this formerly agricultural and herding nation, bringing it to the world’s attention once again.
Lamaistic Buddhism and shamanism are the traditional religions of Mongolia, and a growing number of young people are consulting shamans for help with various issues. The country also has a large non-religious population. However, even though the Mongolian church is only one generation old, it is experiencing exponential growth. There were less than 40 Protestants in Mongolia in 1990, but today there are an estimated 40,000 Protestant Christians meeting in 600 different churches! Sadly, 17 of Mongolia’s 20 people groups are still considered unreached, and an estimated 86 percent of its people have never heard the gospel.
Registration is required for new religious institutions in Mongolia, and some areas continue to deny registration for Christian churches. Each religious institution is required to re-register every 12 months, which presents challenges, especially since there are often different registration policies in different regions.
As Mongolian Christians develop their own culturally appropriate styles of worship and evangelism, our School Without Walls (SWW) presence can help by preparing young people for effective ministry. SWW began having an impact in 2012 by organizing summer Bible camps and planting churches. Further growth will help lead Mongolians out of atheism and superstition to a hope-filled future in Christ.
- For the training and equipping of Mongolian leaders to take charge of spreading the gospel in their country, since SWW and many Christians from Russia started initiatives in Mongolia.
- For God’s hand of protection on young people who are being led into demonic bondage by shamanism. Pray for them to discover true freedom and transformation in Jesus Christ.
- For the growth of Mission Eurasia’s outreach efforts, especially SWW, youth and children’s ministry, in this nation so committed to evangelism.
- That the gospel would spread to the most remote corners of this country of steppes, mountains, and desert.
Urna is a SWW student from Khovda, Mongolia. A missionary from Siberia, who started SWW in Mongolia, first met her two years ago when she visited Khovda to make plans for a summer Bible camp. The missionary spoke a bit of Russian and shared that she did children’s ministry in the church and wanted to grow in that area of ministry. She was one of the leaders in our Bible camp there that summer.
Now, two years later, Urna is a student in the Khovda SWW. She wants to grow spiritually and work in children’s ministry. One ministry in which the Khovda SWW students are involved is to visit samons (Mongolian villages) to hold one-day sports camps for children. During a recent SWW session, Urna said she had been thinking about gathering everyone involved in children’s ministry in her region of Moldova for a three-day training course. Her dream is to help train someone with a vision for children’s ministry in every samon. Through SWW, her vision has expanded to a children’s ministry network covering a whole region of the country.