Known as Outer Mongolia before 1911, Mongolia is struggling to re-establish its identity. Now independent from Russia and China, the country still faces fearsome odds.
OMF’s strategic priorities
Mongolia has experienced great changes and upheavals through the
years, from the rise of the great Mongol Empire of the 13th Century to the fall of
Communism in the early 90’s. Since OMF entered the country twenty years ago, we have
witnessed great growth in the gospel and the Mongolian Church. However, OMF’s vision to
reach Mongolians with the gospel extends beyond physical borders to the millions of
Mongolians living in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of
China and other countries.
This mini-documentary focuses on ‘Artis Altai’, a missional business in
western Mongolia set up to help victims of recent winter disasters known as ‘dzud’. The
business produces arts and crafts for sale around the world, providing income and handson
training in the setting up and running of small businesses. But relationships are at the
heart of the project and ‘Artis Altai’ is a prime example of the potential of Christian witness
in the workplace.
This short film focuses on the lives of the many homeless people who live
in underground tunnels and sewers to survive the severe winters in Ulaanbaatar,
Mongolia. A local ministry - ‘Soul of the Steppe’ - is dedicated to helping some of these
men turn their lives around, bringing them together to build houses in which they can
shelter through the winter whilst learning the building trade. The ministry also helps find
future employment for these men as well as providing regular counseling and support.
This short film offers a glimpse into the lives of two nomadic herding
families in Mongolia. It shows some of the challenges of the nomadic lifestyle, especially in
the winter when temperatures can fall below -50 degrees Celsius. Around one third of the
population in Mongolia are herders and it remains a significant mission field - bringing the
gospel to nomads is about walking side by side with them and sharing in the many
burdens and challenges of their every day lives.
This mini-documentary tells the story of the 14-day, 5000km, off-road
journey around Mongolia that the filming team undertook to produce the video series. The
objective was to visit some of the churches and ministry programs around the country and
to experience first-hand the hardships that Mongolians face in everyday life but in the end,
it became a story of God’s provision, protection and providence.