The Khalkha is the largest Mongolian tribe and represents the core of all Mongols. Of the 2.9 million people in Mongolia, nearly 2 million are Kalkha. The Khalkha believe they are the direct descendants of Ghengis Khan. Many are nomadic and live in camps, migrating with their animals, while some are settled farmers. The Khalkha enjoy entertaining with music, dance and sporting events.
The Khalkha were originally shamanists and believed in gods, demons, and spirits. Eventually, they were introduced to Tibetan Buddhism, which many converted to. Today both Buddhism and shamanism are practiced, sometimes simultaneously.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
A major issue facing Mongolian men is alcoholism. The World Health Organization estimated in 2009 that 22 percent were alcohol-dependent and 55.2 percent above the age of 15 used alcohol excessively. Ministries such as Global Teen Challenge help those with alcohol dependency as well as share the answer found in Christ.
To join in reaching Mongols through bringing hope in the midst of addiction visit Global Teen Challenge.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Royal Rangers International seeks to reach children around the world. Outposts in Mongolia teach children basic skills while also engaging them in fun activities with the gospel.
Doug, Royal Rangers International director, says, “We do activities that build relationships, we have Bible studies that help them learn what it is to be a godly people, and we provide resources to help them develop as leaders. But ultimately, discipleship and leadership development really make Rangers what it is.”
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray for the Assemblies of God in Mongolia as it recently marked 20 years as a church.
- Pray that the many Mongolians who struggle with alcoholism regularly will find help through ministries like Global Teen Challenge.
- Pray that the churches in the cities will expand and send teams to the unreached nomadic areas so all Khalkha may hear the good news.
- Pray that as the gospel is preached, those who practice shamanism and Buddhism will come to realize the truth of the gospel and put their faith in Christ.
- Pray for the children of the Mongol, Khalkha that they may be the first generation to call Jesus Lord.
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