Christianity moved into Mongolia the minute democracy opened the doors in 1990, with some missionaries standing at the border. But religion had been banned for 70 years of Soviet-sponsored communism, and when things loosened up, most returned to their historically Buddhist roots.
The first people interested in Christianity were really young—those who came to Christ were in middle school and high school. They began witnessing to their friends. By 1993, the number of Christians was estimated at 2,000. About 25 years later, the numbers had grown to 30,000.
Mongolia’s high literacy rate (97 percent) and unusual level of theological education (the Ulaanbaatar Bible School opened in 1992) has helped to hold down the spread of prosperity theology. In the 600 or so churches in Mongolia today, more than 400 leaders have some level of formal Bible training.
Ways to pray:
- Praise that Mongolian leaders can receive theological training to shepherd their congregations and combat wrong theology
- For the gospel to flourish, as Mongolia is strategically located to send missionaries to Russia, China, and other parts of Asia
- For the pastors and missionaries who labor patiently in Mongolia
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23–24
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