What We’re Doing
Sheika`s September 2017 Visit to the USA!
Greetings in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ! I thank God for these past fruitful years serving Him and learning how He is a good and great God in my ministry. Many times in the last two years I have heard God for my next ministry and some confirmation and signs. I am writing to tell you about this new ministry and to ask for your support.
My wife Haka and I have felt how God is faithfully taking care of His ministers and those who minister are valuable to Him. Hearing others feel the same way was God reminding me to give this blessing to others in Mongolia. The gospel is spreading out in Mongolia for the past 27 years after Communism broke off in 1991. I believe our next challenge is planting more churches here in Mongolia. Our population is 3 million which are 2% Christian and only 500 churches. In the last 27 years, almost all Mongolians have heard the good news, but now we need more churches because church can reach more people today.
As you may know, in January and February of this year my family (Haka, my daughter Tungana, and my sons Thingsaa and Megeii and me) spent some time visiting many of you and sharing about our next ministry season which is church planting ministry in Mongolia. That is our next big challenge for us to spread gospel in Mongolia. Now we are seeking God for our next step to plant new church in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Moses, Joshua and king David would to seek His favor before any battle. God has shown me all that history and that I should look for His favor for new ministry and new church. He has showed me confirmation like Gideon in Judges 6-8.
I just handed my current church “Christian Fellowship Church” in UB City to next pastor named Zollo and ordained and anointed him in April 2017. I have trained him for this role for the past 2 years and my involvement in CFC will be ending soon. My new church planting project starts in October and now it`s time to pray and seek Him for the new churches. Please pray that Zollo would continue to hear from God to care for CFC and also please pray for the new churches to be planted in UB.
The reason I writing this letter to you is to tell you that my new church planting ministry has a name: WitnessMongolia! Our website is www.witnessmongolia.org. We call it “WM” and it is a tradename (“doing business as”) for Illyricum Movement which is a church-planting non-profit corporation based in Washington State. So,WM=IM except WM is our name for Mongolian ministry.
I think it is important that you know a little bit about Illyricum Movement (IM). For the past 5 years IM has been planting churches in the country of Albania which has a similar political Sheika`s September 2017 Visit to the USA! history to Mongolia. IM has a Board of Directors that provides guidance, authority and legitimacy for all donations that are given to WitnessMongolia. That means that WitnessMongolia is IRS 501c3 approved and is also a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA; www.ecfa.org).
My Friend Daryl Harper is President of IM and he visited Mongolia last year and shared with me his heart for planting churches in Mongolia and that Haka and I were the ones to start it. That was a divine meeting and a huge confirmation to me that we should begin our church planting ministry. I then visited the US earlier this year for raising funds and awareness. Since that time I have been preparing my heart and establishing a structure for WM’s first new church in Ulaanbaatar. We now have WM bank accounts and are recognized by Mongolian government as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).
Two years ago one of our church members and friend told me about a district of UB called Zaisan where there is no church. God has touched my heart to plant our first church there. You can see Zaisan in the background photo on www.witnessmongolia.org. Zaisan is a newer part of UB and has much new construction and family housing. We think that God is already preparing hearts in Zaisan for the new church.
We think it will take about 2 to 3 years to establish the church in Zaisan. The annual WitnessMongolia budget is about $45,000 and we already have commitments for about 1/3 of that. We hope to have the entire budget committed before we launch the Zaisan church later this year. But in faith in our great God, we will launch the Zaisan church before the end of 2017.
I will be visiting the USA again for 3 weeks in September 2017. May I come visit you? Please email me so I can add you to my schedule (https://teamup.com/ks1soybbohdv7bx56m). I just want to ask and encourage you to support our new ministry with donations but also with your correspondence, prayers and, yes, even visits to our great country! Mongolians love Americans and we invite you to visit, particularly around the time of Naadam (Mongolian Olympics) in July every year (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naadam).
Your support of WitnessMongolia will directly support the planting of churches in my country. It also fulfills the commandment of Our Lord to be His witnesses in “Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Again thank you so much for your love and consideration. If you want to hear more, email me! If I can visit you or your church in September, email me right away! If you want to donate, you can send a check to “WitnessMongolia”, PO Box 128, Centralia, WA, 98531. To donate online, we hope to have www.witnessmongolia.org operational soon with a “Donate!” button.
In His Service and for His Glory,
Sheika Sambuudorj, Church Planter, WitnessMongolia, [email protected]