Mission to Mongolia Fulfills an Ancient Request

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It Is Written initiative brings dozens of new converts to a thriving church.

In A.D. 1266, the great Kublai Khan, leader of the Mongol Yuan dynasty, asked two Italian merchantmen to return home with a letter requesting 100 well-educated Christian missionaries to come back and teach his people about the gospel. Unfortunately, Kublai Khan’s desire was not fulfilled at that time; in fact, it seems his petition was never truly granted.

Well, at least until now!

The Great Khan could never have guessed that 750 years later, a ministry called It Is Written (IIW), in partnership with the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mongolia, would respond to this ancient request, focusing its attention on Mongolia with a life-saving message of hope.

A Carefully Crafted Plan

After three years of spiritual preparation, planning, and ministry, the IIW team, along with the Mongolia Mission, held a large evangelistic campaign from June 4-11 under the theme “In What Can You Trust?” Altogether, more than 120 volunteer missionaries came from abroad, and 14 churches and companies in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar got involved in this bold missionary challenge. On the last day of the series, 71 people were baptized.

“Since 2015, IIW has been actively involved in humanitarian and gospel work to help Mongolians get a clearer picture of Jesus as their help in this world and their hope in the world to come,” said Erik Flickinger, associate speaker for the ministry.

  • New and old members, as well as guest speakers, in a group photo by the Tuul River, where the baptismal ceremony took place on June 11. [Photo: Northern Asia-Pacific Division]
  • It Is Written speaker/director John Bradshaw baptizes one of the 71 people who joined the church on the last day of the evangelistic series in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on June 11. [Photo: Northern Asia-Pacific Division]

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