Hear through the words of our partner, David Adrianoff, of the incredible spread of the gospel in Mongolia over the past 20 years.
In 1993 when David moved to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, food was limited, the power and heat would shut off unexpectedly and the water was unreliable. And there were only 200 Christians in the whole country. Last month, when David returned for the twentieth anniversary celebration of Joint Christian Services (JCS) International, Ulaanbaatar was modern, full of traffic and bursting with skyscrapers. And there were an estimated 80-100,000 Christians.Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, is home to nearly half of the country’s 3 million citizens, while the other half live isolated in rural provincial centers. David, the first executive director of JCS, started the consortium of development and church planting agencies in January of ’93 along with six other board members. In the following five years, JCS witnessed and assisted as the gospel spread throughout Mongolia, forming believers into churches, and bringing the total number of Christians in 1997 to 10,000.
“The church in Mongolia is absolutely exciting,” said David. “It’s governed by itself, not led by outsiders. It’s very unified even though it is so small.” One of the most amazing aspects of the church in Mongolia has been its powerful focus on evangelism. It currently sends missionaries to China, Tibet, Russia, Afghanistan, and many other countries. However, this growing church still faces challenges at home. In a landmass twice the size of Texas with very low population, the church has struggled with how to reach those in rural areas with discipleship and training. Furthermore, those who do come to the capital to learn and train often do not want to return to the rural countryside to lead and pass on their training.
Despite these challenges, the church in Mongolia is strong and united. In a country that has leapt towards modernism and is embracing the changes of globalization, the church has successfully grown, adapted and flourished as well. Please join us in praying for the continued work of JCS and the church in Mongolia to continue to spread the gospel.