The cold winter again affects nomadic herders in Mongolia worse than most. The war in Ukraine caused the cost of food to skyrocket, in particular staple foods that herders cannot grow themselves. The cost of coal, their primary source of heating, also jumped, causing massive protests in December. Squashed between Russia and China, Mongolia is vulnerable to the whims of these nations. Praise God that He forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases. It is He who redeems our lives from the pit and crowns us with love and compassion. Pray that many Mongolians will come to know this loving Father heart of God (The Bible, Psalm 103:3-4).
Source: Squeezed between China and Russia, Mongolia’s herders feel pinch (Al Jazeera)
Squashed in between Russia and China, Mongolia is a young democracy, allows religious freedom. In recent years, the Mongolian government struggled with accusations of corruption and a people’s protest movement grew demanding greater change. Mongolia’s economy continues to improve despite harsh winters that threaten the traditional lifestyle and income of cattle farmers. A third of Mongolia’s population lives in the capital, Ulaanbataar, while nearly half of the country’s workforce is nomadic. In 1989, less than a handful of Christian Mongolians lived in the country, while now more than 100,000 Christian Believers are thought to exist. In Ulaanbataar alone, there are approximately 200 Churches. In addition, there are small gatherings of Christian Believers in every province, but few Christian workers are focused on church planting in rural and remote regions.