Douglas VanBronkhorst

READ : Matthew 16:13-20

I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (v. 18, niv)

The thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Mongol kingdom under Genghis Khan was the greatest land empire the world has ever known. It stretched from China and Korea to Central Europe, while going north to include most of Russia and south to the Himalayas. Nothing could withstand the power of those Mongol horsemen and their charismatic leaders. Mongolia today is still large, but it’s no empire. Nearly a third of its four million people live in extreme poverty and it has a very poor infrastructure. It also has a small Christian church. There are about 18,000 believers, roughly 0.5% of the population. This church is growing and it has vision.

One of its goals is that 10% of Mongolia will be Christian by the year 2010. That’s ambitious but is in line with their zeal for evangelism and planting churches. Those Mongolian brothers and sisters have another goal, even larger than the first. It’s to see the great Khan’s old empire become thoroughly Christian. They want to again spread out from the steppes of central Asia, this time conquering with words of hope, not the sword. They believe Jesus’ promise and are acting upon it. Their vision should be an encouragement for all other churches today.


Lord Jesus, may I and my church bear witness to you with energy and vision. Amen.