Daily Topic for July 27, 2009
There are a lot of good reasons to be anxious in Mongolia. Crime is rampant, women and children are abused and the economy is stagnant. But the believer has something that their neighbors lack: the power of prayer to a loving God.
Pray that believers in Mongolia and China will cast their cares on Him. Pray that the prayers of Mongolian believers will result in many others who will cast their cares on Him.
As the grip of Communism fell, the first Southern Baptist workers moved to the capital city, Ulaanbaatar. The Sharpes, the first Southern Baptist missionary family to arrive, recalled the request made 700 years earlier by Kublai Khan. He asked for 100 men to teach Christianity in his court. Twenty-eight years later, one man, not 100, reached the courts. The Khan replied, “It is too late. I have grown too old in my idolatry.”
Southern Baptists are attempting to answer the Khan’s call. Missionaries are working in the city, in the medical world, and in the most remote areas with the nomads, going as English teachers, physicians, community developers, and school volunteers. They find opportunities to share their faith in their every day activities and by developing caring relationships with Mongolians.
Daniel White, a Southern Baptist missionary, works among nomads. He says, “Our strategy for working with these people is a needs-based strategy. Helping them could only show them that God cares.” Dr. Buck Rusher and his wife Pam have dedicated a season of their lives to Mongolia’s medical community. As a thoracic surgeon, Dr. Rusher trains and works beside local doctors, and says, “My people group has become the doctors, especially the surgeons, of Mongolia.”Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for Southern Baptist missionaries to find effective avenues of sharing the gospel with the Mongolian peoples.-JS