First Crusade Held in Mongolia

The evangelism window of opportunity in Mongolia (CT, May 17, 1993, p. 90) may be shutting faster than expected.

The country, which had an estimated half-dozen Christians three years ago, now has nearly 2,000, thanks in large part to missionary groups being allowed inside for the first time.

San Antonio evangelist Sammy Tippit of God’s Love in Action Ministries led the country’s first outdoor crusade June 16–24. Tippit decided to go, even though he learned beforehand that two of the four buildings housing churches in the capital city of Ulan Bator had been closed because of Buddhist pressure on the government.

Tippit told CT from Mongolia that the two churches have temporarily relocated to new meeting places.

Political tensions and division within the Christian community led to a lower than expected turnout at the crusade, according to Tippit. Around 600 people attended nightly, with total commitments to Christ numbering 300.

“It’s an infant church, just like in the Book of Acts,” Tippit says. “There are tensions, but the church is growing.”

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