Earlier this summer I had the privilege of leading a team of college students to Mongolia on a summer impact trip; while there we jumped into all that Antioch Mongolia is doing — meeting young Mongolians during street party outreaches, building friendships at church and even helping produce the first World Mandate Asia. God is moving in Mongolia and it was so much fun being a part!
Another way that our team met Mongolians was by participating in English conversation practice with young adults at local english learning schools. After these classes we would invite the students to join us for coffee. On one of these occasions I met a young guy named Tuugu (like pogo but with a “T”). Tuugu was initially quiet but after playing a few games with us he opened up. He and I went outside the coffee shop to cool down (with 50 people in a tiny room, it can warm up pretty quickly).
Left: College ministry students hanging out with a Mongolian student, Right: Baptism in Mongolia!
Outside we talked about life in Mongolia and America; he then asked me, “What good and bad do you see in Mongolia?” With this question I began talking about all people’s need for relationship with Jesus. While Tuugu had heard of Jesus, he’d never heard of the friendship I talked of. After sharing the Gospel with him, Tuugu decided he wanted to follow Jesus! I had him ask God the question, “What do you think of me?” He heard God say He loves him and to tell others about Jesus. Tuugu’s face lit up with joy and excitement.
Celebrating the One Year Anniversary of Antioch Mongolia
Shortly after, the entire team did a street party outreach and Tuugu joined us. We played music, danced and met Mongolians walking by. Tuugu helped our team translate, prayed with Mongolians and even took over in the middle of me sharing the Gospel with someone. This man was immediately transformed because he encountered a loving friend in Jesus and a powerful Father who spoke to directly to his heart!
By Nate Hutcherson
The Mongolia Impact Trip crew
Dear Antioch Family and Friends,
It has been a few weeks since I have seen you face-to-face, and I really do miss being with you. I wanted to give you an update of my most recent travels and all that God is doing in our movement.
A few weeks ago, I traveled to Mongolia to celebrate the twenty years our team has spent there. There are now upwards of 3,000 people meeting all over Mongolia out of our movement. Recently, our long term workers, along with our college team and Serve team, started a new church for college students and young professionals in the middle of the capitol city. What an incredible work God has already done over the last two months! More than 200 people are gathering there now, worshipping Jesus and being transformed by the grace of God. Mongolia is now the second fastest growing economy in the world. God is at work in every way in that country and our team gets to be a part of shaping its future for the glory of God.
From Mongolia I flew to Utah, where we gathered with 350 of our leaders and staff from our 25 U.S. churches. I am so encouraged that God has called us not only the unreached of the nations, but the unreached of our own nation as well. The stories of people being saved and lives being transformed continue to pour in. One of the most encouraging things about our time there was that I did not know half of the people. The new leaders being raised up and added to our work in the United States makes me so expectant for and excited about the future.
Our travels concluded after Laura and I had the privilege of speaking together at a conference outside of Frankfurt, Germany to a group called the “Greater European Mission.” The Greater European Mission has been around for 60 years, starting Bible schools and church planting throughout Europe. We met with more than 500 workers from around Europe. Their stories of what God is doing there would blow you away! God is moving in Europe like they have not seen in years. I also had the privilege of speaking alongside Dr. Crawford Loritts, the Senior Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church and a leader in Campus Crusades and Promise Keepers. I look forward to continuing our friendship with them as we all work together to see the name of Jesus high and lifted up.
Wherever I go I see people who are hungry for Jesus. It gives me great hope that Isaiah 60 will come to pass in our lifetime. I am looking forward to being back in the pulpit this Sunday, and on August 25th I’ll begin a series on Romans. I can’t wait to see you again, face-to-face!
In His strength and love,