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Mongolia

Mongol Uls

Asia

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Geography

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)

Urbanites: 57.5%

HDI Rank: 115 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 22 (86% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Khalkha Mongolian    Languages: 15 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Buddhist

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians46,4591.727.5
Evangelicals33,4961.27.9
Buddhist953,49435.30 

Challenges for Prayer

The less evangelized for prayer:

a) Nomads find their traditional life increasingly difficult to maintain. Pray for culturally sensitive holistic ministries that demonstrate the gospel to them.

b) Kazakhs are a majority in the far-western province of Bayan-Olgiy. Most are Muslim, but a few are Christian. Some Christians work among them, and Muslim missionaries seek to re-Islamize these people.

c) Ethnic minorities. The Chinese and Russian communities have a few believers, with at least one church for each group. Little to no specific outreach is directed toward the Kalmyk, Tuvan and Evenki peoples.

d) Students. CCCI, IFES, UBF (Korean student campus churches) and others work to reach students through camps, seminars and student discipleship groups. Mongolian leadership is emerging through this ministry, but the process of taking young adults from initial interest to mature disciples requires patience and faith.

Specific Christian support ministries for prayer:

a) Bible translation is a very important issue. One main translation is used by most churches and is currently being revised. A couple of other translations exist, one using a different set of religious vocabulary. Pray for increased use of Scripture by Mongolians and for the Holy Spirit to teach, grow and guide many through God’s Word. Braille Bibles and audio Scriptures are available for those unable to read.

b) The JESUS film, available in most indigenous languages, is widely used on television and film screenings around the country. Many have been moved by it.

c) MAF flies as Blue Sky Aviation. Mongolia’s vastness and need for evangelism, training and humanitarian work makes this a strategically important venture.

d) Christian radio and television. FEBC operates a Christian radio station in the capital – Wind FM provides a vital service, but needs greater range to reach the rural population. Programming includes news, music and Christian teaching. Eagle TV is a Christian-owned terrestrial station that has a much-loved news programme and is airing Christian programmes that share the gospel through drama, teaching and testimonies.

     For an additional 6 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Mongolia.