Children and Youth: The Torch-Bearers of Mongolia’s Future
Mongolia is the 19th-largest country by land area and is home to only 3 million people; it is considered the most sparsely populated country on earth. The population is young, with an average age of 27.5 years. About 59% of the population is under 30, and 25% is under the age of 14.
For this reason, educating young minds and developing young people are some of the most significant and challenging tasks that JCS does in Mongolia. From teaching in high schools and universities to the fields of soccer or ice-hockey, as well as in personal mentoring or private tutoring, JCS staff are seeking ways to engage with young people. Ultimately, the hope is to transform young people’s lives, to prepare them with character and skills for their future.
Uyanga was only 14 when I first met her. I asked her to help teach Sunday School; then we shared the leadership of the youth group. Her family had opposed her going to church, but with our support and encouragement, she persisted in her commitment to follow the Lord but also obeyed her parents, and loved her family. She completed a Master’s degree in teaching English. While working, she continued to serve faithfully in the local church and study in the Bible School’s evening program. Then she went on to complete a Master of Divinity abroad to equip herself in leadership for her church. Besides her English teaching job and being a mother of two young children, she helps lead a minority church by teaching and preaching.
I believe there are many young people like Uyanga in our midst; they are waiting for people to invest in their lives, and to mentor them so that they can be torch-bearers of God’s Kingdom in Mongolia. I hope the stories in this Horizons will encourage you to continue supporting the work of JCS among young people.