Missionaries in Mongolia Minister Near and Far
By David Webb
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia--Who isn't fascinated by the ripples that move outward from a pebble tossed into still water? Imagine those ripples as people receiving ministry. You have just pictured the work of missionaries Dong Min Seo (Advance #3019584) and his wife, HyeYun H. Seo (Advance #3019585).
Since arriving in Mongolia in November 2007, Dong Min and HyeYun have ministered to the people of Ulaanbaatar through Gerelt United Methodist Church.
In less than three years, Gerelt has had two summer schools for more than 20 children. Women of the church have come together to organize a women's group, which is so active and vibrant that it was able to host women's groups from two other congregations in May for a three-day training seminar on women's positions in the Bible. Worship and Bible study is thriving at Gerelt.
But the story of mission is a story of sharing. Dong Min has been leading the congregation in praying to God for a new vision. "While we were praying," he said, "we found out about a town of 5,000 named Bayangol." The town, about 120 kilometers from Ulaanbaatar, once had a church that had folded. The Christians there yearned for Bible study and worship.
After seeking discernment, the Seos prayed with a church staff member, who felt the call to move there with her family and reactivate the church. Starting as a home church, the new mission in Bayangol has already planned Vacation Bible School for the children and a Bible study course in the fall.
Your support of missionaries like Dong Min and HyeYun Seo keep the ripples moving outward and making a difference in people's lives. A Covenant Relationship is a partnership that is much more than a financial commitment. It is a dynamic relationship where the church and missionary pray for one another and communicate regularly. By deepening its own awareness of the struggles and triumphs of the missionary, the congregation participates in a work that is truly connectional.
The Advance expresses its appreciation to the Advocates of the Month for August, Rev. & Mrs. Dale and Miriam Smith. As Conference Coordinator for Missionary Support for the California-Pacific Annual Conference, Rev. Smith has been instrumental in seeing a major increase in the number of Covenant Relationships there. The Smiths work with congregations to recognize their Covenants, prepare an annual directory of missionaries connected to Cal-Pac, organize an annual Conference Missionary Luncheon, and prepare a Missionary Devotions booklet for Advent.
Congregations in Cal-Pac have responded. In 2009, missionary support totaled over $220,000. The Smiths' efforts are making the hopes of mission a reality in countries throughout the world. Thank you, Dale and Miriam!
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