Area: 1,565,000 sq km
Grassland, forests in north, three major mountain ranges and the great Gobi Desert in the east and south. Subject to climatic extremes.
Population: 2,701,117 Annual Growth: 1.16%
Capital: Ulaanbataar (Ulan Bator)
Official language: Khalkha Mongolian Languages: 15 All languages
Largest Religion: Buddhist
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The expatriate Christian workforce has a significant role to play. Many, as members of NGOs, focus on aid and development. Missionaries are now shifting from evangelism and discipleship to helping train and serve the Mongolian church to rightly assume those roles. Joint Christian Services (a network of nearly 15 Western-based agencies) and another umbrella group of Korean agencies are striving to coordinate work, along with the MEA and other Christian groups. Most work is based in Ulaanbaatar, but increasingly is moving into rural areas pray for this to continue. Pray especially for unity among agencies, long-term commitment, willingness to truly learn and adapt to Mongolian culture and close, humble relationships of trust with Mongolian leaders. Pray also that openness in Mongolia continues so that Christian ministry can carry on.
Economic difficulties have led to widespread social upheaval, exploitation and the breakdown of traditional values. Crime, alcoholism and prostitution are tragically common. Homelessness can still be a problem in the cities. Most agencies are involved in some kind of health, relief, education or literature programme; these are opportunities to demonstrate Christs compassionate love. Pray for maximum long-term benefit to the people and the emerging Church.
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