The vision is only just the beginning of a journey. Continuing on an often-unclear path takes imagination, determination, and trust in the Holy Spirit’s leading. This journey describes One Challenge’s ministry and partnership in Mongolia.
About a decade ago, the time seemed right to imagine the possibilities of a nationwide church planting initiative in Mongolia. The country had seen major growth in believers, and leaders seemed eager to engage and learn. But suddenly, it stalled. OC worker Eric Smith was unsure of what this meant for the future, but he still saw what could be. Five years ago, Boloroo came to intern with OC’s Global Research team. Her connection to OC, and her return to Mongolia to continue her work, sparked new possibilities.
Along with Boloroo, a new partnership with leaders was formed. Eric began to engage regularly. Then, plans for in-person trainings were postponed due to COVID. Once again, Eric waited but kept the vision in view and connected from afar.
In December 2021, Eric introduced the first four steps of the church planting coaching network. This model has had great success in the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam. Now, it’s been adapted for Mongolia’s unique context.
In May, the whole OC Mongolia team introduced the next four steps. The team includes:
• Eric – training, materials • Boloroo – researcher • Jason Ma – networking expert • Stone Hyun – logistics expert • Tim Sparks – materials
In addition to the church planting training, Dan DeVries, the new director of OC Sports Ambassadors, joined the trip to imagine the possibilities of using sports ministry in the country.
Eric says: “I am impressed with our church planters. They are enthusiastic about what they are engaged in, and they have some unique ideas on what local churches can do to minister effectively in their communities.”
One Challenge can only imagine what’s in store for the future of this church planting network. With the Holy Spirit’s guidance, the possibilities are endless.
To read more about Mongolia, you can go to www.onechallenge.org/?s=mongolia.
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 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.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.