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Russians Share Jesus Christ in Remote Parts of Mongolia

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GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): 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, looks like this, vast, treeless grasslands where

most people live a nomadic lifestyle, raising

sheep, goats, cattle, camels, and horses.

And as I discovered, there are hardly any paved roads.

It's my first time driving here in Mongolia.

I grew up in Africa.

I loved driving a stick shift, so I'm very, very comfortable

on these kinds of roads.

So this is fantastic.

And there's no traffic.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): I recently joined 46 Christians

from neighboring Russia, heading to remote western Mongolia,

where few have heard the message of Christ's love.

Pavel Barsokov led the mission.

INTERPRETER: The heart of my Lord Jesus Christ

is for the lost and hurting.

I want to have the same heart.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): For nine years,

Barsokov has made dozens of trips

to Mongolia, bringing along young Russian Christians

trained and equipped to serve as possible missionaries

and evangelists.

17-year-old Alena told CBN News she got the call to missions

at a young age.

This is her third visit to Mongolia.

INTERPRETER: 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.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): This is Natasha Gorodnuk first trip.

She wants to serve in Nepal.

INTERPRETER: Any time I think about it,

my heart breaks because I know the calling of my life,

and I know what I'm supposed to do.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): For several weeks, Natasha, Alena,

and four dozen other Russians partnered

with Mongolian Christians to hold evangelistic camps

for young people.

INTERPRETER: We started working together

with our Russian brothers and sisters

several years ago to reach my people with God's love.

What we are doing is vital for changing hearts and minds.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): In between playing games

and enjoying other outdoor activities,

camp organizers like Natasha Greschenko introduce Mongolians

to Christianity.

This is her 10th visit.

INTERPRETER: These kids are the future of Mongolia.

They're future pastors, future church planters,

and possibly future leaders of this country.

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God-willing, they will carry the gospel in their hearts

and impact their nation for Christ.

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To better appreciate the significance of these camps,

you have to understand the history of Christianity

here in Mongolia.

Shortly after the fall of communism,

there were only 10 believers in the entire country.

Today, some 26 years later, some 60,000 believers

are spread across this vast nation.

[NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: We are in a remote western part of Mongolia.

And it is still one of the most unreached places in the world.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): Michael Cherenkov

with Mission Eurasia co-sponsors the camps.

His group focuses on raising the next generation

of Christian leaders in countries of the former Soviet

Union and surrounding nations.

[NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: Sometimes we think that people around the world

know about Jesus.

But there are places like this that haven't

been touched by the gospel.

GEORGE THOMAS: And so camps like this one

serve as an ideal ground for sharing the gospel--

whoa-- with young people.

[NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): Lives like that

of 22-year-old Buyanaa Davaasambuu.

She accepted Christ while attending camp here

as a little girl.

She graduated from Bible college in May

and is now preparing to go on the mission field.

[NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: This camp was foundational to knowing

God's love and preparing my heart to be a missionary.

I try to come back every year to share my experiences of how

I encountered Christ.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): For others,

like 16-year-old Mashbat Baasan, a Buddhist,

this was the first time learning about Christianity.

INTERPRETER: I learned in the Bible study

today that God created the heavens and the earth,

the animals, and creatures of the sea.

I never knew of this story before.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): This is also Khalium Myagmardorj's

first camp experience.

INTERPRETER: Many Mongolians don't believe in Jesus.

And before I came to the camp, I also

thought I didn't need to know anything about Him.

But now my heart has changed.

And I've learned so much more about Christianity.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): In all,

some 1,000 young Mongolians heard the gospel, many of them

for the first time.

INTERPRETER: I know there is all this controversy about Trump

and alleged Russian collusion.

But I encourage Christians in both of our countries

not to focus on this.

Millions of people around the world

are going to hell because they don't know Jesus Christ.

I'm not interested in politics.

I'm interested about telling people about Jesus.

Lives are in the balance, and we are commanded to go and tell

others about Christ's love.

This is what we are doing here in Mongolia.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): George Thomas, CBN News,

somewhere in western Mongolia.

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