Five years ago One Challenge engaged in a partnership in Mongolia with the Mongolian Evangelical Alliance (MEA) to see their nation reached for Christ. Since the beginning of the project, there have been ups and downs, but One Challenge worker Eric recently reconnected with leaders, encouraged by the continued desire to partner.
The willingness to partner is mutual, but there are many things to consider before determining major next steps, mainly the MEA determining a leadership structure and goals.
“I was encouraged by their expressions of desire to partner but with some reticence to define what that would look like until they had determined a leadership structure that would prevent what happened before from happening again,” Eric says. “They are thinking! They realize that previous decisions had jeopardized the potential for a partnership. They also realized that merely doing research would not guarantee church multiplication.”
The Journey Continues
Although the official next steps are still unknown, Mongolian representatives will join the Global Church Planting Network Regional Consultation in September. But before OC can fully engage “in developing church planter coaching networks, community sports ministries, an ongoing research function, and missions mobilization, the MEA needs to decide on an agenda, a timetable, and how they want us to be involved,” Eric says.
Pray with One Challenge
There are great things to be done in Mongolia and beyond. OC is excited to see how the Lord will orchestrate this continued partnership. Until then, there is a major need for prayer.
- The partnership has not yet been fully defined. Please pray that neither party will let details fall through the cracks, nor let time slide by.
- Pray for someone who would be willing to be the overall coordinator. This doesn’t necessarily need to be an OC person, but it should be someone that knows us well enough to be able to negotiate on our behalf. It would be nice if this person could speak Mongolian, but that also is not a requirement.
- Pray for the upcoming North Asia regional meetings of the Global Church Planting Network that will be held in Japan in September. Mongolia will be represented there. It will be a small meeting, so we are hoping that this will give us adequate time to talk about practicalities.
Church Planting & Growth
One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. We invest in people and opportunities that enable churches to be planted, thrive, grow, and multiply. When invited by local leaders, OC conducts training for church planters and those interested in learning about disciple-making movements.
Partnering & Bridge Building
One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. We serve, equip, and connect the body of Christ to advance God’s kingdom among all people. We engage in strategic partnerships out of a conviction that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.