Mongolia Mission Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Preaching and Baptism
What do people usually look for as a gift when celebrating a 30th birthday? Some would like to have a memorable trip, a special dinner or special clothes. Others are just content to have some food and hope for a better future.
The Mongolia Mission, which is part of the territory of the Northern Asia-Pacific Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, decided to celebrate its 30th anniversary by preaching and baptizing. From August 20-27, 2022, simultaneous evangelistic meetings were held in 21 cities across the country of Mongolia. The outreach was a full member involvement event, including the participation of many church members as well as pastors and church administrators.
Hundreds of people attended the meetings, were inspired by the health talks and Bible presentations, and decided to be baptized.
Mongolia has 3.4 million inhabitants and 2 million live in Ulaanbaatar, the country’s capital. The Seventh-day Adventist Church currently has 3,000 members in Mongolia. Adventist missionaries first entered Mongolia in 1992, two years after the fall of communism. The country is located in what is known as the 10/40 window, and more than half of its population is Buddhist.
Commenting on the recent outreach event, Pastor SukHee Han, president of the Mongolia Mission, said, “We are celebrating thirty years of the presence of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mongolia with an integrated effort to carry the message of salvation in Jesus.
Pastor Yo Han Kim, president of the Northern Asia-Pacific Division, also in Mongolia for the event, said, “I am convinced that God has great plans for Mongolia, and pastors and administrators have great plans to expand and strengthen the mission of the church here. .”
General Conference President Pastor Ted Wilson preached daily throughout the week at the Mongolian Syndicate Auditorium in the capital, Ulaanbaatar. Over the past weekend, he encountered a large church representation at Suut Youth Camp, 35 miles north of town.
On the last Sabbath morning, Wilson challenged the large group to develop a Christian life through Bible study and prayer. He urged all members to engage in total membership commitment and remain faithful to the Lord’s call to be missionaries throughout Mongolia until “we meet Jesus on the clouds of heaven”, did he declare. “As this mission celebrates the 30th anniversary meeting of the arrival of the Seventh-day Adventist message in Mongolia, I challenge each of you to look forward to and invite others to be present at the greatest of all anniversary gatherings – the second coming of Christ,” Wilson said.
That afternoon, pastors baptized 155 people representing 21 locations who held simultaneous evangelistic meetings. Wilson encourages all pastors, teachers, health care workers, church administrators, other church workers and church members to be active in total member involvement and to engage in personal and public evangelism local by sharing Christ, the messages of his three angels and his second to come.
There is no better way to celebrate three decades of existence in Mongolia than to preach and baptize.
Williams Costa Jr. is the communications director for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, located in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA.