Mongolians are now taking the Gospel to their own people

By February 9, 2005

Mongolia (MNN) — Mongolia is a country not typically known for being very open to the Gospel. It’s a country that’s dominated by Shamanists and Buddhists. In fact, less than one-percent of the population is known to claim the Christian faith.

However, according to Dan Jacobson with New Tribes Mission, that’s changing as there are now churches in just about every one of Mongolia’s 22 provincial centers. Jacobson is a missionary serving in Mongolia and says he’s seeing a change in his ministry. “Initially it was evangelism. Now, it’s shifting from evangelism to discipleship and setting up the church in such away that it becomes totally Mongolian where it has Mongolian leadership who oversee it and run it.”

The goal is to work themselves out of the job and turn the work over to the people.

Jacobson says Mongolia is primarily one language, so there aren’t necessarily unreached language groups there. “But, there are unreached people. It’s a vast country, spread out and these people are semi-nomadic throughout the country. And so, there still pockets of people that have not been reached, that have not been given a clear presentation of the Gospel.”

That’s where Mongolian believers will be most effective. “They are starting to see their own people be set free from these things that bound them for hundreds of years and to me they are much more effective. Now we’re starting to see these Mongolians step forward and reach their own people and I think that’s when we’re truly going to see the abundant harvest.”

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