Day 1 in Ulaanbaatar (John)

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Zaisan Monument

We have arrived! After a very very very long flight… I have finally returned to Ulaanbaartar – City of Red Hero! After settling down in the hotel and a quick nap, we enjoyed the company of Rita, Margie, and their wonderful kids who have come all the way from Inner Mongolia! Steve was right. MANY have been changed in the city: construction projects every where, high rise buildings replacing many of the ger camps, less potholes on the main roads (!), and the very last statue of Lenin was removed! What remain unchanged are the eternal blue sky and the hospitality of the Mongols! We spent the morning with Rita touring the city the Mongolian way (everyone stuffed in a regular car). We revisited the Zaisan Russian monument and had an overlook of the city, Sükhbaatar Square, and Megjid Temple & Monastery. We then joined Margie and the kids for lunch. It’s AMAZING how much they have grown in just two years!!

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The team dining with Rita, Margie and her kids at Millie’s Cafe, an expat pub in UB

 

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Driving through rough side roads with major potholes, we visited the “ger district”. They have mostly people who had a rough time in the countryside and decided to make a living in the city. These people have no money, no resources, no place to live… only the strength, toughness, and perseverance in their nomad blood to live. They often rely on the kids to sell firewood to make a living. We stopped at a water station It was heartbreaking to see the kids pulling very heavy water carts coming all through the district to get this very basic element of life, while we just turn on the tap and have endless running water.

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Driving into the ger district

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View of the ger district

 

We then had the pleasure to tour the “Children’s Place Orphanage” nearby the ger district and actually hear the history of its ministries. Personally I was very grateful to spend an afternoon with Margie, who with Rita started this ministry. I worked primarily with Rita two years ago in the hospital, so although I got to tour Children’s Place, I haven’t had the opportunity to know more about its history and struggles. Just like our mission, it was started when one person feels the burden for the orphans in Mongolia, often left to die in the bitter winter. She followed her passion to help one infant at a time. Now after MANY struggles with the government, with God’s grace and her obedience to His call, it has grown to be a beautiful home serving up to 30+ children left on the street, denied parental love and the right to live. Here they learn love, compassion, courtesy, discipline, and how to help and take care of others.

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Sleeping quarters at The Children’s Place

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The kitchen and dining hall at The Children’s Place

We didn’t see the kids as they were in Summer Camp (happiest time of the year!), but I was still blessed standing in the kitchen, remembering the little ones helping their younger “siblings” finishing their plates, everyone cleaning up after lunch… a BIG contrast to the “serve-me” generations in the West and in Hong Kong. The ministry also grown to include after-school programs for the ger kids to avoid getting into trouble on the street and physical & speech therapy centre for kids in the countryside. May He bless His own ministries to continue serving the ger communities and spread His love. We will be departing to the countryside for three days visiting this beautiful land and meet up with our old friend Doogii the amazing tour guide and Chuka the fantastic Russian Van driver before we come back and work in the hospital and soccer camp. We are scheduled to visit the birthplace of Chinggis Khaan and follow his footsteps in the vast Mongolian Steppes!

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4 Comments

  1. Dorothy Barnette

     /  July 20, 2014

    I love hearing about your travels and I’m so impressed with your kindness. I’m sure it’s an eye opener from life in the states. Congratulations on your dedication and the work that you do.
    Dorothy

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  2. Terry Humphrey

     /  July 20, 2014

    Thank you for the update🙏

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  3. Lou Lothman

     /  July 21, 2014

    Sounds so energizing to see so much “love in action”, and to be a part of it under Mongolia’s vast skies. Shalom and Godspeed, Lou

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  4. lOVE THIS!! WANT TO KEEP & WATCH OFTEN

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