On Tuesday, March 29 we landed in a Country which we have not been in for 3 ½ years! Finally, but, at the Lord’s perfect timing we have returned to the rustic, yet beautiful Country of Mongolia, to serve for the next three months.
Leaving Adam behind to continue serving in South Korea, pressing toward the completion of the first, complete Korean Basic Seminar and working on other projects, Sarah, Samuel, Lydia, Rebecca, Matthew, Mom and Dad all arrived safe in Mongolia.
These last few days have been full ones as we have jumped into various projects, as well as just continuing with the normal duties of day to day life.
I had not mentally prepared for the “culture shock” that was awaiting me in Mongolia. Coming straight from a clean atmosphere and large living space in Korea to Mongolia, I was reminded of just how dirty everything is here! I had also remembered the rooms being larger, and so, was surprised to find them as small as they really are! However, after living in them for a few days you kind of ‘grow’ (or shrink) into the space, and learn how to use each little nugget of the space you do have.
There have been comments made as to the cuteness of our kitchen. Indeed it is small but, it suits all of our needs. It is almost like playing house! Here is a picture showing Rebecca and I making Homemade Tortillas.
I had not mentally prepared either for how long it takes to cook here! It took me most of the day to cook the meals just for that day! Things take longer when you are not used to the surroundings but, I think it takes longer here, even for a pot of water to boil and cook the vegetables! Someone mentioned that this is what family life used to be like. Imagine living back in the 1800 or early 1900’s. Your whole life revolved around preparing the food you were going to eat, getting the firewood for your stove and doing the necessary duties of life. Mongolia is a great place to build character!
Some of you may be wondering, “What is the weather like?” Well, this was another thing I thought would be different when we came. I thought it would be cold! However, we have had beautiful sunny weather, with a crisp cool spring feel. It still is a bit chilly but, not the frigid cold of winter.
One of our first celebrations after retuning to Mongolia was Matthew’s 13th Birthday! We celebrated with Hoshor (A Mongolian food that is meat (or sometimes vegetables) inside of a bread pocket that has been fried.) and a cake, from a bakery that we had done trainings for when our family was here before. One of our translators had a birthday recently, so we took a picture of her with the cake as well.
One of the verses my Dad received before we left Korea and came to Mongolia was, “…Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” ~1 Corinthians 2:9. Based on this, I believe that God has great things that He is going to accomplish through our family being here at this time.
- Pray for the Mongolian Basic Seminar next week. This is the third one to be done in the Mongolian Language. Pray that many will come and have their lives impacted.
- Our family as we continue to adjust to life in Mongolia.
Thank you for praying for our family as we minister around the globe!