Mongolia, a nation bordered by China and Russia, is known for vast, rugged expanses and nomadic culture. It’s also called as the Land of the Blue Sky because of its sunny weather. With just over three million people, Mongolia is the world’s less-densely populated. Half of the population lives in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar while the rest lives in unreachable places where they lead a nomadic lifestyle.
Because of the unreachable places, 46 Christians from neighboring Russia headed to four remote Mongolian provinces to reach out people who have not heard about Jesus and His love. Leading the mission is Russian pastor missionary Pavel Barsokov.
“The heart of my Lord Jesus Christ is for the lost and hurting,” Barsokov told CBN News. “I want to have the same heart.”
Barsokov shares that they have numerous challenges and hardships as they try to bring God’s love to the remote areas of Mongolia. But all is perfectly ordained by God as he brings with him young Russian Christians who are trained and equipped to serve as possible missionaries and evangelists. They partnered with Mongolian Christians to hold evangelistic camps for young people in remote regions of the country. They also incorporate Christianity in between playing games and enjoying other outdoor activities.
After the fall of communism in Mongolia, there were only ten believers in the whole country. Today, 26 years later, some 60,000 believers are spread across this vast nation.