Saturday, May 25, 2013

Nazarene work expands in Mongolia

Sunny and Lisa Um's initial assignment in Darkhan, Mongolia, is to learn Khalkha, the language spoken by 90 percent of Mongolians, but their passion is to make disciples and to plant the Church of the Nazarene in the country's second largest city.

For seven months, Sunny, Lisa, and their daughter met together every Sunday for worship in their apartment, praying that God would add to their numbers through the numerous relationships they were building.

In February, their prayers were answered when they met a Mongolian pastor and his wife who needed a place to worship. Now every Sunday, around nine adults and six children meet in the Ums' apartment. They sing worship songs in Mongolian, pray, and study the Scriptures together.

According to the Joshua Project website, most Mongolians have practiced Tibetan Buddhism since the late 1500s. Today, about half of Northern Mongolians are atheists.

Prayer is requested for the Ums as they minister in Mongolia.
--Church of the Nazarene Asia-Pacific Region

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