Enk and Nandia are 19 year old Mongolians. Their parents have great jobs, they live in a bustling city and have optimistic futures. We met them one afternoon in a busy shopping center, there was loud street work happening in the background and dozens of people walking by, but this moment changed the trajectory of their lives forever.
Mongolian culture is extremely open and friendly, what started as a random conversation on the street two days later turned into two hour follow up conversation about faith, God, and the purpose of life. I’m sitting across the table from two guys who fifteen minutes before had told me they didn’t believe in God and simply went through Buddhist traditions because that’s what their parents did, but after hearing the full Gospel, they both confidently and securely said they wanted it. A simple presentation about creation, fall, Jesus’ life, death and resurrection completely changed their minds.
In fact, they were so enthralled they wanted to tell their friends too. The concept of grace was brand new for them. Never before had they been presented with a worldview that allowed for the forgiveness of their shortcomings, and they were in. Quickly, they learned how to share the story themselves and they committed each to telling one friend before we met next.
After hearing the full Gospel, they both confidently and securely said they wanted it. A simple presentation about creation, fall, Jesus’ life, death and resurrection completely changed their minds.
Two days later, we met up again. Enk and Nandia were excited. They were full of questions and had told two people each. At our next meeting we read the story of the prodigal son. The Father’s reaction of mercy and unconditional love didn’t match the paradigm they were accustomed to. I then asked them if they wanted a restored relationship with their perfect Heavenly Father. They both said, “yes!” and prayed to received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I would pray one sentence and they would repeat in their own words from their hearts. The last line of Enk’s prayer was this: “Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross, that was the most generous thing anyone has ever done.”
I sat there astonished. Just four days before Enk and Nandia didn’t believe in God, or so they said. They were educated, spoke great English, had great style and lots of friends but we’re starving for the truth and now they had it and would never be the same.
“Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross, that was the most generous thing anyone has ever done.”
We spent three weeks in Mongolia spreading the love of Jesus and serving the local church. Twelve folks from Mosaic College Ministry, walking around Ulanbaatarr looking for conversations. We left having met 7 people like Enk and Nandia. People that were starving to know the truth. No one had ever told them. No one had ever opened the Bible and shown them the story of Jesus’ love and grace. It didn’t take them convincing, we didn’t argue them into conversation. It just made sense because they were made for it. We were able to pass these new friends off to people from the church that will continue investing in them as they take steps with God.
All over the world and all over our city there are people starving for the truth. God made them for relationship with a perfect Heavenly Father but many of them have just never heard the truth. Short term missions trips are an incredible chance to tell people what they were made to know. But you don’t have to travel halfway across the world. Right next to you at work on the bus, there are people that need to be reminded that they are made for relationship with a loving God of grace and forgiveness. Often times no one has ever told them.
No one had ever opened the Bible and shown them the story of Jesus’ love and grace. It didn’t take them convincing, we didn’t argue them into conversation. It just made sense because they were made for it.
Who in your life could you tell this week that they’re loved by God?
By Will Aufhammer, College Ministry Director