Streams of Blessings and Prayer in Mongolia
By Barb Hawn, Country Helper for Mongolia
Conference in Zuunmod, Mongolia
During recent visits to Mongolia, I began teaching the women about prayer and observed their eagerness to learn more. However, they were not accustomed to meeting together specifically for prayer and encouragement. I knew then that I wanted to share Moms in Prayer with them.
I traveled to Mongolia again, this time with two other incredible Moms in Prayer moms, to introduce, train and encourage the women with prayer. Several months prior to this, I coordinated the translation of the Booklet into Mongolian, a difficult but worthwhile feat as each lady who attended our conferences would end up receiving it in her own language.
The first Moms in Prayer conference in Mongolia was held in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar (UB). Pastor Ulzii and his small house church helped us coordinate this one-day event at a large church in UB. At first only a few women trickled in, but within an hour 120 women had arrived! We were overwhelmed at the end of the conference when 30 women expressed their desire to lead a group. A few weeks later, the pastor and his wife said groups already had begun meeting and many women were contacting them for Booklets.
Conference in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
"Before this, I didn't know how to pray. This conference taught me how to pray specifically and in one accord with God's words."
"It's not an accident that you came. God answered my prayer by bringing you as an encouragement to me and other Mongolian moms."
"I learned that it's important to pray with other women about our children's struggles. I believe that God will be praised highly when thousands of Mongolian women are praying in one accord for the children and grandchildren of Mongolia's future. They will be thanking God, and He will hear them, and there will be peace."
"I know that by my own power I can do nothing in my children's lives, but with the power of God in prayer, He can do amazing things in their lives."
The next conference was held for two days in the countryside town of Zuunmod. God answered prayers by uniting local churches to help us along with World Vision. It was exciting to see 75 women come from all over the province, some traveling a full day just to attend! We knew God had gone before us preparing hearts, as 22 women expressed their desire to lead groups and several shared their testimonies:
"I learned how to prioritize my time for prayer and how to confess before I ask God for what I need. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to attend this conference."
"When mothers pray together, God's love is poured out on us. Thank you for teaching us about the importance of prayer."
"I felt like God was saying, 'Please trust Me. Come to Me and trust Me.'"
"I understood that when we pray together using God's Word for our children, it is very powerful and brings about changes."
Please pray for the 52 women who stepped forward to lead Moms in Prayer groups, that they will continue to have excitement about praying for their children and schools, that God will protect them, and that nothing will hinder these groups. Also, as I encourage these new leaders from the U.S. through translators, ask that God will give me wisdom and good communication with them.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19