The long Mongolia winter is slowly coming to an end, although not without a fight. Most days spring is still losing. One could not have had a more beautiful white blanket of snow for Christmas than the one we had here in Mongolia for Easter. It may as well have been Christmas, or the Chinese new year, or any ordinary day for that matter, since Easter passes almost completely unknown and unrecognized in this land. Even in the relatively new and young Mongolian churches, it is observed not as a familiar celebration with long tradition, but as a new thing that many are still beginning to understand. If nothing else, the benefit we gain from the newness of Christianity in Mongolia is a frequent reminder that God is in the business of doing new things and making things new. At Easter we are reminded of this in a powerful way through the death and resurrection of Christ. As He was crucified and died He declared to the world “It is finished,” a declaration not of defeat but of victory. Two days later His resurrection declared to the world “It has begun.” When God finishes something, it is to make way for a new beginning. As we live and work here in Mongolia, we proclaim an end to the dominion of darkness and a new beginning through establishment of the kingdom of light. We do so through proclaiming His gospel and planting His church. We cannot fully express how thankful we are for the support of so many who provide the resources of prayer, care, giving, and sending that is required for us to continue until the work is done here. In the next paragraph of this update and in the prayer requests that follow we wish to provide a review of our life here and the ministries you are supporting as you partner with us.
After our move to Ulaanbaatar upon return to the field last August, we faced many new things in terms of defining our ministry roles and adjusting to life in the city. Now that we have been back for 8 months, our ministry roles have become clear and we have been adjusting fairly well. A new and added benefit has been finding an apartment and moving into it last month. For the first time in almost two years we are no longer nomadically moving from one place to another using the homes of others…we have our own place to settle into. It is a 1/4 mile walk from the Grain of Wheat community center that is our main location for work and ministry. On the third floor of this center are two rooms that we have developed into a counseling center for the training of church leaders in biblical counseling and providing counseling services. Each Sunday we meet in one of the large rooms on the second floor to worship with and assist the Seed of Faith Mongolian church that meets here. Every other Saturday night we meet in this same room with a group of married couples for fellowship and lessons on marriage and family. Across from the center in a nearby apartment building is an apartment that have established as a woman’s protection home for young women from abusive backgrounds. We assist with the discipleship of the four young women and overseeing the home. Meanwhile, the counseling center we established in Darhan is growing and functioning well with three Mongolian workers, which we continue to provide oversight for from here in UB. Last month a full time Mongolian coordinator/counselor/trainer, Mendee (min.day’) was hired for our UB counseling center. Thanks to many of you who have pledged financial support to provide the salary needed to hire Mendee! She is proving to be the tremendous asset we had hoped she would be. As she takes on more and more of the work, Brent will also become more involved with church leadership training through our Church Leadership Training Center.
Thanks so much for your support and prayers!! For contact information and to learn more about our ministries and projects, visit our website at www.LiberdaFamily.info.
- We praise God for what he has done so far in this first year of our second term serving in Mongolia. As you pray for us, pray for fruitfulness and effectiveness in these ministries: biblical counseling ministries in Darhan and Ulaanbaatar, church leadership training, the Seed of Faith Mongolian church, the couple’s fellowship, and the women’s protection home.
- Pray for our Mongolian team, that we will be one in spirit and purpose as we work together to advance Great Commission fulfilling church planting ministries in Mongolia.
- Pray for the Mongolian church, that it will grow in health and strength.
- Pray that our family will remain strong and fruitful, and that our children will adjust and thrive. Pray for us as parents to have wisdom to guide and nurture them.
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