Northern Pacific Rim
Outer Mongolia has vast grasslands, three major mountain ranges, forests in north, and the great Gobi Desert. Although Buddism as the major religion, Christianity in Mongolia is now a reality. In 1992, AGWM missionaries made a trip to Mongolia to see what could be done to assist the people. The country was transitioning to a market economy after 70 years of communist influence. As a result, living conditions were poor and the nation struggled with food shortages, high unemployment and a weak infrastructure.
The following year, 50 people from a ministry team in Hong Kong joined AGWM personnel in a three-day gospel outreach in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Hundreds of Mongolians accepted Christ. The following Sunday, Hope Church became the first AG congregation in the nation. In 1994, the church was officially registered with the Mongolian government.
Today the Mongolia AG has gone from nothing to 40 churches and preaching points, a Bible School that has trained about 200 young men and women for ministry and are sending out missionaries to other countries—all this in 20 years! Yet there are challenges:
20th anniversary of the Mongolia AG
People from across Mongolia gathered at Hope Church in Ulaanbaatar, the nation’s capital, for two days of services to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Mongolia AG. The services concluded two weeks of celebration events. Ed and Joy Schlossmacher, missionaries to Mongolia since 1996, are involved in ministry at Hope Church and helped organize the anniversary events.
“Many people came forward for salvation at a special evangelistic outreach and concert,” says Ed. “This was followed on Sunday morning by a celebration service. More than 700 people, representing all the Mongolia AG churches, were represented.”
“During the Spirit-led worship times, talented and anointed Mongolians led God’s people into the presence of the Lord, using worship songs they have written in their own language,” said Area Director Ken Benintendi. “Some 700 years ago, Mongolians conquered most of the then-known world. Today, God is giving Mongolian believers a vision to go throughout the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Photo of Man by David Berkowitz / CC BY