Daily Topic for May 25, 2009
One of the most exciting things happening in the world today is the partnership between the older churches and the younger churches in mission outreach. Older churches have known the gospel for many centuries, and have been the traditional missionary-sending churches for the past several hundred years. Younger churches have been planted by the older churches in the past 200 years or so. Now these so-called younger churches are forming mission agencies of their own, and we are hearing more and more about the fruit of their efforts.
Pray today for increased cooperation and mutual learning between the older churches and mission agencies and their younger counterparts.
Gansukh’s name means “steel-axe,” but lately, he has not felt so strong.
He was born in a ger (tent) on the steppes of Mongolia. His parents could not support their family, so they sent him to Ulan Bator as a child in hopes that he would eventually make a living in the capital city. The Soviets still controlled Mongolia at that time. They taught him Russian-then English and French. Finally, they sent him to Toronto for direct experience in these languages.
After the 1989-90 demonstrations brought democracy to his homeland, Gansukh opted to stay in Canada. Now he moves easily between the official languages of his adopted country. But he finds few fellow Mongolians with whom to socialize. Birthdays pass with only his wife and two sons to celebrate. In his homeland the whole clan would have gathered. Though he knows the languages of Canada, he does not feel accepted. He still hears crude jokes about “Mongol Hordes.” If only he could make more friends in his new home.
He never embraced Mongolia’s traditional Buddhism, and he has long-since abandoned Soviet Marxism. Gansukh feels lost. Where will he go for answers? Will anyone take the time to share Christ with him?Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Canadian believers will befriend the Gansukhs of their cities. Ask the Lord of the Universe to open Mongolian hearts to the loving home He offers.-EF
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