In missions, we get to see on a daily basis how God brings seemingly random things together to fulfill his purposes. One of the examples of this is the recent connection with the Global Research Team’s (GRT) newest intern – Bolortuya Damdinjav (Boloroo for short) from Mongolia.
History with Mongolia
For a while now, One Challenge has engaged in a research project, with church planting objectives, in Mongolia. OC workers Eric and Russ journeyed there in 2013, at the invitation of Batbold, who was the chairman and general secretary of the Mongolian Evangelical Alliance at the time. Their purpose was to train leaders to gather information on churches in Mongolia, where dramatic Christian growth has happened – growing from four known believers in 1990 to over 40,000 today.
You can read, and watch, more about these initiatives here on our onechallenge.org website. Search on the keyword Mongolia.
Although One Challenge’s initial connection with Mongolia happened years ago, Boloroo met OC workers Larry and Stephanie (who lead the GRT) at the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering last year. She spoke one-on-one with Larry but also attended Larry’s workshop about church and mission research.
When looking for a research internship after completing her graduate program at Wheaton College, Boloroo connected with One Challenge. The OC Global Research Team agreed to facilitate an internship, despite the fact that team members are located in different places around the world. In January, Boloroo came to the office in Colorado Springs to begin work on analyzing the data from Mongolia.
Let’s get to know this amazing woman the Lord brought to One Challenge. Her work and knowledge will hopefully help grow kingdom work in Mongolia.
OC: Tell us about your family.
Boloroo: “I was born in the capital city of Ulaan Baatar. My family moved to Erdenet in 1980, and my family still lives there. Unfortunately, my father died when I was 13, and my oldest sister died when I was 23. Our family adopted her orphaned daughter. These big losses in my family made me wonder about the meaning of life. My younger sister’s husband pastors the church I attend.”
OC: What’s your faith journey?
Boloroo: “I was a college student when I came to Christ. A church plant, led by Swedish missionaries who were teaching English, was in same apartment building I lived in. In October 1993, I accepted Christ with my sister, and we became members of that very church planted in my town. I graduated from college as an English teacher in 1996. I participated in the Discipleship Training School and the School of Biblical Studies with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Taiwan. These courses helped me grow in my faith to a deeper level. Then I joined Mongolia Mission Center for 17 years, during which time I started the School of Biblical Studies, with the help of others. I served the Mongolian Mission Center as an executive director for 10 years. Three years ago, I was asked to take a leadership position in YWAM Mongolia. I felt God leading me to pursue further education, so I applied to Wheaton College and was awarded a scholarship. In December, I finished the degree requirements for my masters in intercultural studies.”
OC: What to you hope to do in the future?
Boloroo: “I want to be supportive of mission and church planting ministries for Mongolians through research, training, and mobilizing. I have experience with visiting and training church planters, and felt that maybe more could have been done to assist them. This motivated me to write a research proposal paper on The Challenges of Rural Church Planters in Mongolia while I was at Wheaton. I see the Lord’s guidance in this internship in mission research. It is preparation for my next stage of ministry in Mongolia. But I am not sure how I will serve or with which ministry.”
Pray with One Challenge
- Pray for Boloroo as she finishes her internship with One Challenge in May. Pray the Holy Spirit would guide her as she sifts through the research.
- Pray for Boloroo as she returns to Mongolia, that the knowledge she’s gained and the work she’s done (and will do) will have Kingdom impact.
One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. We provide the body of Christ with the statistical data needed to share the love of Jesus with all people in their communities and beyond in efficient and effective ways.