Ten Days Mongolia

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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03 Apr Warm Welcome in Cold Mongolia

After months of training, meeting partners for funds, and more than 12 hours of travel from Manila, we finally arrived at Chinggis Khan International Airport. The coldness of the city was no match to the warmth of the team who welcomed us at the airport. Some members of Every Nation Church Mongolia helped us settle in our hotel. It was there where we handed them a special gift from the Philippines – an electro-acoustic guitar for their worship team. It was such...

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02 Apr 3,922 Kilometers in the Making

I have very personal reasons why I wanted to go to Mongolia. Back in 2013, I had the privilege of meeting two Mongolians named Ulzii and Baska. They came to the Philippines to study for the School of World Missions and during their stay here, I became their unofficial chaperone. I helped them through some of their assignments while they keep me laughing with their jokes. One time, I kiddingly told them I’d go visit them within the next 5 years....

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