Sunny and Lisa Um from South Korea are the first Nazarene missionaries to Mongolia, officially opening the Nazarene work in that country on May 25, 2012.
Led by Ghengis Khan, the people known as the Mongols conquered Eurasia and China, forming a vast empire that lasted 100 years before it broke apart in the 14th century and came under Chinese rule in the late 1600s.
Today, Mongolia is a country in Central Asia that is north of China and shares a border with Russia. The modern nation won its independence from Chinese rule in 1921 and installed a Communist government. In the 1990s, the country saw a peaceful democratic revolution and is now governed by coalition government and a parliament.
Religious freedom was granted in the constitution in 1992, according to the New York Times. About 60 percent of the 3 million people are Buddhist and about 40 percent claim no religion, according to the U.S.'s CIA World Factbook. The Times reports that Shamanism is a growing religious movement.
The Ums say that Mongolians are seeing expanding materialism, urbanization, shamanism, and development of important resources. There are about 600 Protestant churches organized in the country, 300 of them formed through Korean missionaries like the Ums.
For the past year, the Ums have been living in Darkhan, the second largest city in Mongolia, where they have been learning the language, which is similar to Korean. They plan to start a Bible study in their home. Although they are the first Nazarenes in the country, they work closely with other Korean missionaries for mutual support.
"We need others because it is a lonely place," they wrote. "We need a Nazarene family."
Fortunately, two more Nazarenes are on their way. A couple will be coming soon as volunteers to work in a university in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar.
"They are Westerners and will have a harder time being accepted," said the field strategy coordinator.
Universities in Mongolia are often hubs of international activity and are more accepting of Westerners. The new missionaries will be able to teach English to eager students, as English teachers are in high demand.
Darkhan is second largest city in Mongolia.
But I think it is not now, maybe Erdent is second largest city because there is big mine.
The population of Darkhan is around 100,000 people...
Darkhan can divide two big areas one is Old Darkhan and the others is New Darkhan.
You can imagine what I am saying.. New Darkhan has many new building maybe..
The Center of Darkhan there is Buddha park.
In summer Darkhan has Nadam festival, it is all Mongolian festival. Many foreigners visit around that season.
In Darkhan nowadays around 25 churches are setting up including Christianity heresy churches. For example near children's park there is a Darkhan baptism church.
After came to Darkhan, what happened .. it rained so much not like before...
Winter season too, it snowed so much from Nov.
The weather of Mongolia is a little bit strange...
On the street many cows walked near by Nomin Superstore.
For the first time I can understand.. but now it is normal...
The big building is 16th stories apartment but no working elevator. Terrible !! Think about if you live in 16th story...
Winter season is so cold, daytime the degree is around -30... wow...
If you want to visit Mongolia ... I recommend from the last of June to the last of August is good. Many visitors want to go to the Gobi desert and Khupsugul..
I have been the Khupsugul but the Gobi desert not yet...
The Khupsugul is very nice place of Central Asia.
You can take a rest and drop away your stress at that place.
The nature is so wonderful...
Do not destroy the beautiful nature...
But when you visit above wonderful place, you will be surprised... why??
Many visitors come but there are not many public restroom.
Mongolian people saying .. I want to see my horse, it means going to restroom.
But everywhere will be your restroom... unbelievable... come and check..
Mongol of China
The Mongols, who consist of as many as sixty separate Mongolian tribes, are one of China’s official nationalities. Through thousands of bitter winters the Mongols have lived in yurts (portable, tent-like homes also called “gers”), racing their horses, raising livestock, and worshipping the forces of nature. There are almost six million Mongols scattered across a wide area of northern China. Approximately three times as many Mongols live in China as in the nation of Mongolia. There has been significant debates over how many are believers in Christ. Regardless, ask the Lord to reveal his love and truth to this people group. Pray that many will hear and receive eternal life through Jesus Christ.
Last May my wife and I went to Darkhan without my only daughter who study in Philippines.
At that time my neighbor, missionary Oh helped me so much. He came to Airport to pick me up to Darkhan and helped me finding rent a house. Now I am living that house, New Darkhan.
Thanks a lot Pastor...
And two weeks later my wife and I began to study Language school, 4 time per week. Each time is 4 hours but its 1 hour is 45 minutes. I have no information about Mongolia but before I had worked in Kazakhstan so I thought maybe Mongolia is very similar with Kazakhstan. Yes.. it is correct at least the weather in Mongolia.
For the first time I wanted to live in Ulaanbatar but when I visited that capital city, it seemed like chaotic .. many cars, pollution, and many missionaries.. I decided to move another place.
God gave me good opportunity to visit the second largest city, Darkhan. It is far from 230 km of UB. But the road is not good so it needed 3-4 hours from UB to Darkhan.
After living in Darkhan, I went to the Presbiterian church on Sunday, and in 2013 I decided to open new small group that is just my family.
Two months later I met one Mongolian pastor who works at small christian book store. He wanted to open a new church soon, so he just worshiped the Lord at his book store on Sunday.
His name is Orhung, wife's name is Tonga.
I introduced about myself and the vision too...
so, we combine small each group and invited his local neighbors on Sunday.
The first combined worship service was great !!!
His neighbor Dolmaru came to the small group, she spoke in English but a little bit difficult because long time she had no chance to speak in English. Listening is better...
she helped me translate English to Mongolian...Above picture's left side first woman ..
Paska is also new comer at our small group, his wife was called Agi.. she looks like Mongolian angel.. so kindness and rural area's woman.
Paska works private delivery service with his car. Before he worked at the church but after trouble with workers and he was separated from that. Now he is looking for new church.
After first meeting we have a little problem, Orhung's bookstore is not good place for our meeting. there is many hindrance that suddenly someone knock the door to ask and some visitors to buy something.
So we decided to move the place for worship service on Sunday at my house. The place is small but no hindrance on Sunday.
After worship service on Sunday we had tea time. That time Paska's family was not coming but Domaru's husband was attending. His name is Ihbairu.. I don't know his name is correctly writing or not.. Mongolian name is difficult..
Last Sunday was the Easter day...
We celebrated with all our heart and with songs...
New family was coming ...
The husband's name is Enkbat, his wife's name is Nenda... so difficult..
Nenda worked at the YM before and she learned Korean when she attended Korean pastor's church in UB. She was a worship leader but now she is busy taking care of two children.
Anyway, I prepared English sermon but suddenly she became a translator for me Korean to Mongolian... Praise the Lord...
Now my house is not enough for Sunday worship service so Orhung and I are looking for new place... We expect the great news.
I became a Korean teacher in Darkhan.
Nowadays many of Mongolian people work in Korea, when I took the taxi sometimes driver can understood korean.. Wow...
He worked some years in Korea, after back to Mongolia he bought a car and house.. something like that..
So Pastor Orhung' wife wanted to learn Korean, actually I need translator...
3 times per week she comes to my house and we have good time to study Korean and I review Mongolian.
My neighbor, Jaska and her grandmother came to my house several times. so I suggested if Jaska wants to learn Korean, I can help her. Finally she became a my student.
I have a good helper, my daughter. My daughter Jin is so lonely in Darkhan. So I suggested you can teach Jaska and make her good friend. My daughter came to Darkhan two month ago so she cannot speak Mongolian well but they are teenagers..
Jaska understands some English so It is very helpful....
Yesterday she learned 1 to 10 in Korean. Her pronunciation was so great.. That's why children are good learner... we say.
When Jaska studied Korean, her grandmother watched Jesus Film.