Mongolian leaders visit rural churches
As Mongolia Mission (MM) leaders focus on strengthening local churches in the Asian nation, Seventh-day Adventist leaders have taken time to visit rural congregations in the country’s northwest region.
Chairman of MM Han Suk Hee, Executive Secretary Nyamdavaa Dovchinsuren, Treasurer Angelina D. Pagarigan, Ministerial Secretary Nyamsuren Myagmar and Ministerial Spouse Association Coordinator Eun Kyung Chun visited the Western Mongolia region and to the far north to visit six rural churches.
At the end of March 2022, the leaders traveled more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) from Ulaanbaatar to the local church in Khovsgul. This church was built by foreign missionaries who worked there many years ago. One of the biggest challenges for the church in Khovsgul is the exodus of young members from that region to the capital, Ulaanbaatar. This challenge is not unusual for local churches outside of Ulaanbaatar, as many young people move to the city for their college education. But Khovsgul Church has a large land which can still be developed. One of the main projects is to build a community center on a beautiful lake frequented by tourists, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the Khovsgul church.
The second destination was Bulgan Church, one of Mongolia’s historic Adventist churches, built by early volunteer missionaries and church members. The church has been well maintained by its leader, Saran Bolorgegee, and his wife, and they have established good relations with the local government.
“It is inspiring to know that they are connecting with the community by teaching Korean and English at the local court office,” the leaders reported. The church building is large and has space on the second floor that needs to be completed to accommodate visiting evangelism teams. Prior to COVID-19, an active Pathfinder program was valued by parents in the community. Now that the church can resume face-to-face gatherings, the program is expected to restart.
Erdenet Province is the third province in Mongolia where a church has been built. Most of the young church leaders now serving in various capacities in churches were first converted through evangelistic series conducted in this city. Church leader Gantugs Dashdendev gives guitar lessons to attract young people to the church. His wife, Otgontuya, started a soap-making project. For this project, she wrote a proposal to the government and managed to get support. She uses this activity to meet people and connect with the community. MM owns two properties in the area, executives reported. One is the location of the current church building and the other is located on the main road near a hospital. “We are discussing how to use the property near the hospital to expand the church’s presence in this growing city,” they said.
From the province of Erdenet, the visiting team traveled to Sant, a small town where the Adventist Church also has property. Church leader Munkhtuya Natsagdorj expressed her need for additional support in this area. “She asked for an evangelism team to preach the Word of God and share the good news of salvation,” the leaders shared. “The church is well known and respected in the city, as it has established a good relationship with the community.”
The next destination was Khutul Church, a growing congregation led by Baljinnyam Dolgor. Church members still meet in his apartment, but MM purchased land in 2016 with plans to build a church and community center. “This church has about 30 active members with community ties who are faithful tithe-givers,” the leaders said.
A fifth stop was at the Adventist Church in Darkhan, Mongolia’s second largest city. This church includes a second-hand clothing store where members sell clothing donated by Korean church members. The money they generate from the initiative is used to support local church members in need and to run the church’s community service activities. As the city is growing very rapidly, Jung Chul Kim, one of the Pioneer Mission Movement missionaries in Mongolia, applied for funds to purchase a larger piece of land in a strategic location for a community health center. MM management visited this property and prayed for the Lord to guide every step as the church pastor continues to find the necessary funds to develop the land.
Selenge province was the leaders’ last destination on their visitation trip. In this area, MM has three courts. One is where the missionaries built a church. The other two properties are agricultural land, where agricultural projects can serve as sources of funding to support local church operations.
“The visit to the local church was very engaging,” said the leaders of Messrs. “We sat down with each church pastor and lay leader to discuss their victories and challenges in their respective areas of ministry. We also received a comprehensive report and gained a more comprehensive view of the physical development needs of local churches, as well as the need for professional training and support of affected church leaders.
MM leaders reminded church members that it is with continued prayers and supplications that the work in the Mongolia campaign will grow and prosper through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. “We continue to seek your wholehearted support through prayers and kind donations for the advancement of the work in Mongolia, until all people in every region are baptized and accept Jesus as their personal Saviour,” they said. declared.
the original version of this story was published by the North Asia-Pacific Division.