Today was a beautiful day here in UB, Mongolia.
We all went out for an early morning run up to the top of mountain, probably about 4-5 miles. At the top of the mountain was a shrine to Buddha (Mongolian Buddhism is more like shamanism) and a shrine to the shaman spirits. While we were up there we prayed for the people of Mongolia. We prayed that they would be able to experience the freedom of following Christ and that He would release them from many of the fears they encounter daily. For example, they never compliment their children here because they believe the spirits will see that and take their children from them. They even dress the young boys up as girls to confuse the spirits until age five so they won’t take their young boys. These people are shy but once you make eye contact and shake their hand they are very friendly.
Today was the first day of the John Peterson tournament. The cadets (middle school and high school) wrestled today and we walked around and cheered for them. We each gave out 5 AIA/USA wrestling pins to the young boys and girls along with some gear that we brought from our own universities. They absolutely love it. Then we passed out info booklets with the history of the tournament and the gospel written in Mongolian for everyone to read. Are hearts were filled to be salt and light in that gym today to the young children, their parents, and their coaches.
We also went to the gigantic Chinngis (Chinngis is not actually his real name) Khan statue and learned some history of this nation. God is good! We are having a blast as well as witnessing to the Mongolian people, training hard, and sharpening one another both physically and spiritually.
Tomorrow, our men wrestle. Pray for safety, strength and skill. We want to beat up on these dudes and then share the gospel with them! What could be better than that?