My Thoughts Exactly

I’m not much of a writer but feel free to take a peek into my brain.

10 Apr An Unexpected Invitation

One of the people who were deeply touched during the prayer & worship night was Jila Amarjil. She invited the whole team to visit her in an old circus and told us that she wanted to give us a gift. As we arrived at her “workstation,” we found out that she’s actually a local celebrity in Mongolia! Aside from singing professionally, she also teaches young kids how to do acrobatics. In fact, she had two of her students perform for...

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10 Apr When Campuses Open Up

We went to two campuses in Ulaanbaatar. The first one is Etugen Institute, a medical school that has about 15,000 students. We were welcomed into the faculty rooms where we had an opportunity to talk one-on-one with the professors of the school. We also had the privilege to stay in some of the classes and engage with the students there. Thanks to our local friends (and Google Translate), we were able to communicate with the students and have a great...

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09 Apr Minor Fall, Major Lift

We were supposed to go to the countryside to visit a church but around 100 kilometers into the trip, one of the cars broke down and it had to be pulled back to the city. It took us almost 4 hours to do it! And though we were a little bit sad (and tired) because things didn't go out as planned, God encouraged us by doing amazing, amazing, amazing things through the prayer and worship night. God allowed us to...

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08 Apr Making Disciples & iLEAD

Our team held a series of trainings to help equip the members of Father’s Love and City Harvest for effective discipleship. In the Making Disciples Class, the participants were taught of ways on how to effectively reach the nation by making disciples who, in turn, would make disciples of Jesus. And for iLEAD, they were taught of how to raise up leaders through identification, instruction, impartation, and internship. We encouraged them to influence the people around them so they could...

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07 Apr Countryside Tour

For our rest day, we decided to visit the province where the 40-foot all-steel statue of Genghis Khan is located. But on our way there, we had to stop to ask for directions. We took this opportunity to take some awesome road shots with the vast plains and mountains on the background. Not long after, we spotted some herdsmen with fowls and camels and asked if we could take a photo with the animals. It was my first time to...

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06 Apr Sunday Services at UB

We split our group to two teams to lead the Sunday services with Dennis leading Father’s Love and JayArr’s team on City Harvest. After lunch, we all met up at a basketball court to bond with the locals. I would dare say that Mongolians are very intense when it comes to basketball. Not only the men -- but  women -- play really hard inside the court. The same court where we also witnessed a pastor and a volunteer wrestling (for sports sake)....

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06 Apr Late Night Coffee & Salvation

Tegshee Munkhtegsh, or “Nathan” as he wants to be called, became one of my closest friends in Mongolia. He is a Finance Management student whom we first met in Sukhbaatar Square. He is a national essay champion who has not only authored books under his name, but also competes for national debate tournaments. It was hard to get a schedule with him, especially with his concurrent exams and TV interviews but one night, I was able to have late night...

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05 Apr A Walk to Remember

We woke up early to do a very exciting activity this morning – walk along the streets while praying! A few locals (some we met only that day) joined us as we passed by various government offices and educational institutions. Eventually, we reached a famous landmark named Sukhbaatar Square. It’s a place that is surrounded by some government offices including the National Bank, the Mongolian Stock Exchange building, the Mayor’s Office and the Parliament's Palace. It is there where we first...

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04 Apr Together Forever

Although a conservative country, more and more children are being brought up in broken families in Mongolia, particularly in Ulaanbaatar. On our first night, we had a privilege to impart God’s plan for marriage to 13 local couples through an event called “Together Forever.” A couple from our team, JayArr and Janet Estrada, encouraged the couples of the church with a message of unity that's centered on Jesus. The room was pretty emotional as the couples renewed their vows through...

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04 Apr I See You, UB!

We were invited by Every Nation Mongolia to have breakfast at their place with some of the local leaders. Our official first meal in Mongolia was delightful, with a special serving of “buuz,” Mongolia’s version of steamed dumpling. Baska, Shawn, & Ruth did a great job at the introduction. There was also a surprise traditional dance number which all of us enjoyed. After breakfast, we headed to Zaisan Hill to see a spectacular view of the city. Climbing the long plight...

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