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 Mongolia though. So, she also studies Korean, and daydreams of living in South Korea one day. Tsetsegee has a Christian friend who invites her to a fellowship on the campus, but she likes to sleep in on Sundays, especially after Saturday night drinking. Yet she heard there’s a Korean man in the church, so maybe she should go; maybe he can help her get to Korea. Tsetsegee’s mom is a Buddhist, and thinks that following a “foreign” religion is not good, but her dad’s an atheist and reckons that if religious people can help their daughter, then go ahead.
Byambadorj is far too studious to care about parties. He’s the only one among his friends to attend university. When he was little he only spoke his ethnic language, Mongolian, but he studied hard in school and today excels in Mandarin Chinese. He’s interested in a Chinese girl, but his parents are adamant that he should marry a Mongol. His parents are Buddhists, and traditional sheepherders, a way of life Byambadorj is glad to have escaped. Byambadorj doesn’t have any Christian friends, and has never heard of any Mongols becoming Christians. Some of the Chinese in a nearby dorm have a Bible study, but he has no interest. Though his parents’ Buddhist rituals seem strange to Byambadorj, he thinks maybe he’ll follow their religion when he’s old, just in case they’re right about reincarnation and hell.
Will you pray for Tibetan Buddhist Peoples?
- Mongol students on both sides of the international border will feel the need to look beyond study and social outlets to seek spiritual truth.
- God will provide campus ministry workers to befriend and share the gospel with Mongols.
- Many Mongol students will come to faith in Christ, then take the gospel back to their homelands and families.