Population: 3,2 million (July 2013 est.)
Official language: Khalkha Mongol
Major religion: Buddhist
IFES movement: Fellowship of Christian Students (FCS)
The country is predominantly Buddhist but has been experiencing rapid cultural change over the past decade. Students today are strongly influenced by post-modernism and are not as open to the gospel as they were 20 years ago. Even when they become Christians, they are still often influenced by the strong traditional religions of their parents, such as the shamanism and Buddhism.
- 60 tertiary institutions in country
- 4 FCS groups in capital city
- 5 full-time, 2 part-time staff
- 60 to 65 students in the various groups; 150 graduates in the graduates’ fellowship
- smallest group at Ulaanbaatar University, 10 members
In 2009, the tenth anniversary of FCS, the first Mongolian General Secretary was appointed. Since then, all the branches of ministry have been operating under local leadership, including the campus ministry, publishing ministry and graduate ministry.
Activities include regular Bible study and fellowship groups, evangelistic meetings, an English and Korean club, a Music and Dance club, retreats in the summer and the winter, and mission trips to the countryside. Most new students are not from a Christian background, so staff focus on systematic discipleship programmes to help them become disciples of Christ for life. Now 72% of graduates are attending local churches and 20% financially support the movement.
View from the inside
Mr Munkhuubaatar, the General Secretary of FCS, finds inspiration for his work in a bible verse that speaks of the certainty of God’s hand in calling students to himself: ‘You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name’ (John 15:16).
‘I joined FCS when I was a student. I had observed that there were lots of students who were wonderfully changed by the Lord, including myself. At that time, I made up my mind to be a staff worker, in order to continue to see these wonderful miracles through this ministry. I still get excited when I hear students share about how their lives are being changed by God’s word.’
- for students to stand firm in their faith in the face of atheism and traditional religions;
- for the spiritual growth of FCS members, so that they will be authentic disciples of Christ for all their lives.