“Look… see the fields are ripe for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life…” – John 4:34,36

In Jesus’ command to “Look… and see” is also His empowerment for us to see and reap the harvest. When we intentionally focus on harvesting, we reap! It actually is that simple. In Mongolia we reaped a harvest that had been ripe since Jesus spoke these words two thousand years ago.

over 40 people decided they wanted to follow Jesus instead of Buddhism, ancestral worship, or alcohol, which previously enthroned their hearts.

Individuals who had never been exposed to the gospel responded with extreme excitement as they heard the good news. Almost every person we talked with was curious to hear about Jesus, and as they heard, over 40 people decided they wanted to follow Jesus instead of Buddhism, ancestral worship, or alcohol, which previously enthroned their hearts.

These new converts showed such sincerity in following Christ.  In not wanting to be fooled by any idea presented to them, they asked many questions and wanted to understand how they could be freed from their sins. We saw many people receive physical healing from sickness as well as being set free from addictions.

With a population of 3 million people and 40 million livestock, Mongolia is a vastly unreached nation. This region of the world is mostly made up of nomadic herdsman who move with the seasons. With only 4 of the 24 people groups within Mongolia having been exposed to the gospel, Mongolians are, for the most part, considered unreached.  Our outreach team of 10 found very eager hearts, hungry for the gospel, in all the towns and villages we visited.

In 1990, there were less then 10 known Mongolian believers in the nation. Since communism fell, the Gospel has spread throughout the nation. Despite the Church in Mongolia being so young, they seem to be advanced in walking out the faith. Our team was shocked to see the vision each believer had to reach the lost. Believers actively share the Gospel wherever they go, and regularly see fruit. In 2012, the nation-wide Mongolian church partnered together to take shifts to pray night and day unbroken prayer for their nation.

With only 4 of the 24 people groups within Mongolia having been exposed to the gospel, Mongolians are, for the most part, considered unreached. 

On a 7 hour bus ride our translator shared almost non-stop with a woman who seemingly was uninterested in what he had to say. She sat looking out the window as he talked with her. However, the next day she found us at Church asking us what she must to do be saved. Time after time we heard testimony after testimony about how Mongolians had been coming to Jesus. These testimonies showed that the Mongolians were the ones reaching these lost souls.

I returned home with a new definition of intentionality and a new vision to reap the harvest. The Great Commission is not just for missionaries overseas, but is for each believer in Jesus…first to Judea, and then on to Samaria! Whether on a bus or in a cafe, we have a message that will save lives, but we need to share it!

If we want our nation to see revival and reformation, we must first practice the Mongolian Church’s message. Intentionality. We, as the body of Christ, carry more weight than any governmental power or political view. We are filled with the Holy Spirit and have minds transformed by Christ! Our economy, sanctity of marriage, or value for life do not depend on our President’s opinion, but in each individual’s ability to hear, and follow Christ.

I am now seeking the Lord for how He would use me in my nation as a voice in the wilderness crying in order  “…to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” – Luke 1:17

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Billy Scanlan
has a love for evangelism and photography and is called to use photography to build bridges between need and resource and to highlight issues of injustice but with a focus on God’s redemptive stories.