Ryan and Emily Currie


Yak Tea and Wrestling with the Mongols

Somewhat disoriented, I looked at rolling steppes, gers, and horse herds. A teammate walked up to me, "You are in Mongolia! Every once in a while it will sink in."

A year later, every once in a while it indeed does sink in that we are in Mongolia, on the other side of the world from everything that is familiar.

The feeling of wonder is most pronounced when I am in a ger with many people and I am the only foreigner. Or when I am drinking tea made from yak milk and local herbs with reindeer people; or when I watch a traditional wrestling match (or wrestle myself!); or when I hear a horse herder sing to his horses as he herds them in the early morning.

During all these and similar experiences, the common question comes to my mind: "Where am I?"

The question comes with negative experiences as well. It comes when I see the all too common domestic dispute, the homeless man mindlessly wandering and checking every bottle he finds in search of vodka, drunken brawls, the morning sacrifices of milk and white bread, or hear news of staggering debts and broken poverty. In light of the pervasive brokenness and problems too big for me to solve the question can turn to despair.

But the reality is, God is at work. He is building His church in Mongolia and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

The Gospel has spread even to this distant land and God has called Mongolians to Himself. It is a testimony to the greatness of our God that we can sit in a church service in Mongolia with Mongolian Bibles and sing praise with Mongolian brothers and sisters in Christ. Every once in a while this truth sinks in. And it is amazing.

Updated: October 05, 2016

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