KHOVD & ULAANGOM, Mongolia — Mongolia is known as the Land of the Blue Sky.
That’s because people here enjoy more than 250 sunny days a year!
Landlocked between China and Russia…
…it’s one of the world’s least-densely populated countries, with just over three million people.
More than half live in the bustling capital city of Ulaanbaatar.
The rest of Mongolia, which is roughly three times the size of France and slightly smaller than Alaska, looks like this:
Vast, treeless grasslands, where most people live a nomadic lifestyle…
…raising sheep, goats, cattle…
..and horses. In fact, there are more horses than humans in Mongolia!
Watch as George Thomas journeys through the heartland of Mongolia where there are hardly any paved roads.
CBN News recently joined 46 Christians from neighboring Russia heading to four remote Mongolian provinces where few have heard the message of Christ’s love.
Russian pastor and missionary Pavel Barsokov led the mission.
“The heart of my Lord Jesus Christ is for the lost and hurting,” Barsokov told CBN News. “I want to have the same heart.”
Barsokov has made dozens of trips to Mongolia.
“From my home in Krasnoyarsk, Russia to Ulaangom, Mongolia is about 900 miles,” Barsokov said. “It takes almost two days driving by road and it is not a easy journey.”
Barsokov joins other Russian, Ukrainian & Mongolian believers as they worship God while driving through Mongolian grasslands.
“We have experienced numerous challenges, many hardships as we try to bring God’s love to the remote areas of Mongolia,” he added.
Each time he comes to Mongolia, he brings with him young Russian Christians trained and equipped to serve as possible missionaries and evangelists.
“What I am attempting to do is raise a new generation of Russian believers who will have an understanding of Christ’s love for the world and the role they must play in bringing that Good News to the un-reached.”
17-year-old Alena Barsokov told CBN News she got the call to missions at a young age. This is her third visit to Mongolia.
“When I was 9-years-old I read a book about a missionary in a foreign country and since then I have had this burning desire to share God’s love with people who have never heard it before,” Alena said.
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