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Skylands Prayer Guides

We invite you to pray for the Skylands peoples – people groups influenced by Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia, China and Bhutan. Your prayers will open doors, encourage believers and bring glory to God.

Take a 30 day virtual prayer walk through the Skylands region of Mongolia, Western China, Bhutan, pray for 5 strategic areas, for 5 minutes, over 5 days or have a go at our interactive adventure.

Stories from Skylands

The 5 Ps to remember when preparing for short-term mission

I need the Lord more than ever. Without him, I am nothing.

Skylands – A Journey Among Tibetan Buddhist Peoples

Among mountains, deserts, high plateaus live 15 millions people influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Some of the world’s most remote people. Most have never heard of Jesus Christ.

Veterinarians for Mongolia: Meeting Needs

For centuries, nomadic herding and raising livestock have been central to the Mongolian way of life. Even today, as Mongolia undergoes rapid urbanization, livestock still outnumber people by almost 12 to one. Meat (especially mutton, beef and goat) and dairy products are the mainstays of the Mongolian diet and also form a good percentage of [...]

Christmas in Mongolia

Kirk and Esther Lynn Matthews have been investing in the Mongolian church for the past 21 years. They have witnessed the church’s formative years; fewer than 10 known believers existed in 1990 and now the Mongolian church comprises more than 40,000 Christ-followers. Mongolians largely recognize the New Year over Christmas, but the Christmas celebrations that [...]

Mongolians: From Conquering to Commissioning

Mongolians are historically legendary warriors, forging an empire spanning from the Pacific Ocean across Asia to Eastern Europe. Genghis Khan has been called the ‘Man of the Millennium.’ How could an illiterate man from an insignificant tribe be such a masterful military tactician? Mongol armies wore light, flexible chainmail and moved quickly on horseback. They [...]

New Media, New Methods

Dalha is the first in her family ever to attend high school. She loves the culture and traditions of her homeland up in the mountains, but at school in the county town Dalha is beginning to discover other ways of seeing things. It all started when a classmate showed her a video on her phone. [...]

A tale of two students

Tsetsegee and Bymbadorj are students. Both are ethnic Mongols, but from two very different countries. Tsetsegee studies journalism in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia, while Byambadorj majors in agronomy in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China. Tsetsegee often parties with friends, drinking and singing in karaoke bars. She’s concerned about her future job prospects in [...]

Can you pray for me?

Lamu picks up the phone again and hits the number saved to speed dial. “Hi, JieJie [sister in Christ], can you pray for me?” Julie asks her how she’s doing and then thoughtfully prays for Lamu over the phone. Lamu lives a three-day bus ride from the nearest big city. She’s in a very remote [...]

I had to return to God

I went to my parent’s home during Chinese new year. Some of our neighbors and family members gathered and told me that I was possessed by evil spirits and that I had brought curses over my family because I had adopted a foreign religion. I should repent and return to my spiritual roots: Buddhism. All [...]

Nomadic Church

Ganbaatar listened intently to the visitors’ words. Moments before, he had prayed to receive Christ. Now, two Mongolian seminary students were explaining why he could no longer continue in his profession as a fortune teller. After pondering their words, Ganbaatar joyfully thrust his talisman into the stove fire. He was a new man in Christ. [...]

Celebrating recovery in the Church

Prior to the advent of political change in Mongolia in 1990, the number of Christians in the country could probably have been counted on one hand. But in the decades that have followed, hundreds of indigenous Mongol churches have been established. Much of this church growth came about as believers lovingly ministered to those in [...]

Lord of the Gobi Desert

Nomadic Lifestyle Mongolian herders are nomadic, moving around vast steppes, raising horses, sheep, goats, cows, yaks and camels. Most herders move between four and six times a year in search of better pastures.  Their staple foods are meat and dairy, often supplemented with wheat, onions and potatoes. Livestock herding is a way of life and selling [...]

Medical Needs

For many Tibetans living in remote areas of Skylands, as with other remote parts of the world, access to medical care can be difficult to come by. When care is needed, they have to make arduous and expensive journeys to the larger cities in the region. Zhoma was exhausted when she, with her husband and [...]

Left-behind children

Nima had to leave school at 16 because his family couldn’t afford the fees for high school. He helped around the family farm for a few years, while looking in vain for other employment. During this time he met Tsemo, who had also dropped out of school. They fell in love and soon Tsemo became [...]

Migrants to cities

Chen and Yudren got acquainted after moving to a city in Sichuan Province, China. Though ethnic Chinese, Chen grew up in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, and was Buddhist. Yudren, a Tibetan woman, was from a rural Kham Tibetan area of Sichuan. They both had great English language ability, and made friends with foreigners in the [...]

Carving for Jesus

Dorje’s chisel is dull. He carries it over to the smithy, who heats it to a glowing red and hammers the tip back to a sharp point. The sharper the point, the better the mani stones [stone carvings] that are his livelihood. The market for Tibetan mantra carvings has been growing. As Tibetans have come [...]

Wonderfully Unexpected

A Scotsman, an American and two Mongolians begin a very long journey. Far from the set-up of a corny joke, this is the story of an incredible adventure with an unexpected twist. Tze, a Scottish photographer and filmmaker, is travelling with Bougulai, long-term worker Bill and their driver. As they set out their aim is [...]

Tibetan Peoples of Sichuan

A brief look into the lives and landscapes of the many Tibetan people groups of China's Sichuan province.

Search for one, find many

We traveled thousands of miles over dirt roads to follow-up on the Hoton believers in Mongolia. Follow-up for these people was not going to be easy because local people were busy with Naadam, an annual traditional celebration. In addition, a number of husbands and wives were separated due to tending livestock in the mountains or [...]

Sacrificial pointers

Tenzin carefully picks his way along the steep zigzag footpath toward his destination, a cluster of stone houses two hours away across the valley. Tenzin belongs to the Muya 木雅 Tibetan tribe, one of the unreached peoples of Sichuan’s Ethnic Corridor. He is also a lama of the indigenous Bön religion that involves animist-shamanist rituals [...]

The Spirit of Tibetan Buddhism

There is great diversity in Tibetan Buddhist practices: a Prime Minister performing religious rituals on a holy mountain, a priest making an evil spirit manifest itself in front of him, believers cutting themselves as a sacrifice to the gods, wearing amulets to keep the spirits at bay, and using flags that produce prayers automatically. These [...]

Mongolia: from discarded to discovering

Mongolia is at a crossroads both geographically and metaphorically. Landlocked between China and Russia, this once sleepy post-socialist country has been described as “the wolf of Asia” for its fast-growing economy (due mainly to a mining boom). An increasing number of countries and companies are trying to improve trade ties, contracts, roads and rail links to [...]

Nomads

Though nomadic ways have all but died out among Mongols in China, more than 140,000 families in Mongolia to the north still follow the centuries-old lifestyle of their forefathers. The traditional nomad dwelling is a round felt tent called a ger (yurt). Life can be very harsh, especially during the long, bitterly cold winters. Following […]

Natural Disasters: Earthquakes

Tibetans are a beautiful and hardy people, well adapted to cope with life on the ‘Roof of the World’, with its head-spinning altitudes, scorching sun and winter blizzards. Yet there are other natural forces at work there that occur suddenly, without warning, to much more devastating effect. The Tibetan Plateau is riddled with seismic fault […]

The Effect of Modernization

Life Is no Longer Straightforward Once the reservoir is full after the summer rains, the view from this Tibetan village across the placid waters to the snow-peaked mountains beyond is stunning. It’s April now though. The valley below is a muddy eyesore; the water level low enough that rooftops of the old village protrude above […]

Mongolia: Disregarded to Discovering

By Kirk Matthews Mongolia is at a crossroads both geographically and metaphorically. Landlocked between China and Russia, this once sleepy post-socialist country has been described as “the wolf of Asia” for its fast-growing economy (due mainly to a mining boom). An increasing number of countries and companies are trying to improve trade ties, contracts, roads and […]

Nomadic Church

Ganbaatar listened intently to the visitors’ words. Moments before, he had prayed to receive Christ. Now, two Mongolian seminary students were explaining the futility – and evil – of his profession as a fortune teller. After pondering their words, Ganbaatar joyfully thrust his superstitious talisman into the stove fire. He was a new man in […]

Search for One, Find Many

by Kirk Matthews, Mongolia We traveled thousands of miles over dirt roads to follow-up on the Hoton believers in Mongolia. Follow-up for these people was not going to be easy because local people were busy with Naadam, an annual traditional celebration. In addition, a number of husbands and wives were separated due to tending livestock […]

To the Ends of the Earth: Mongolia

Mongolia has experienced great changes and upheavals through the years, from the rise of the great Mongol Empire of the 13th Century to the fall of Communism in the early 90’s. Since OMF entered the country twenty years ago, we have witnessed great growth in the gospel and the Mongolian Church. However, OMF’s vision to [...]

Nomads: The Next Frontier

This short film offers a glimpse into the lives of two nomadic herding families in Mongolia. It shows some of the challenges of the nomadic lifestyle, especially in the winter when temperatures can fall below -50 degrees Celsius. Around one third of the population in Mongolia are herders and it remains a significant mission field [...]

An Off Road Vision Trip: Mongolia

This mini-documentary tells the story of the 14-day, 5000km, off-road journey around Mongolia that the filming team undertook to produce the video series. The objective was to visit some of the churches and ministry programs around the country and to experience first-hand the hardships that Mongolians face in everyday life but in the end, it [...]

Soul of the Steppe: Mongolia

This short film focuses on the lives of the many homeless people who live in underground tunnels and sewers to survive the severe winters in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. A local ministry - ‘Soul of the Steppe’ - is dedicated to helping some of these men turn their lives around, bringing them together to build houses in [...]

Artis Altai: A Mongolian Arts Project

This mini-documentary focuses on ‘Artis Altai’, a missional business in western Mongolia set up to help victims of recent winter disasters known as ‘dzud’. The business produces arts and crafts for sale around the world, providing income and hands-on training in the setting up and running of small businesses. But relationships are at the heart [...]