Report from Mongolia
Mongol Kids’ Home
Thank you for encouraging Mongol Kids’ Home! We are celebrating the 3rd Anniversary this year. During the past 3 years, we got a facility auctioned at a very cheap price, repaired rooms for our purposes, and accommodated more than 25 children and 8 single mothers who do not have homes. Recently 4 mothers and their kids became independent and living in their own Ger. This year 3 children who did not have ID got their own IDs and now entered the elementary school. We also provide after school care for them. We also replaced the gate and the fence with much more safe ones. We asked kids what they want to be in future. Their replies are policeman to catch bad people, a doctor who can help sick people, a teacher at school, a shop keeper and a warm family. We would like to help them fulfill their dreams in the future. Please join this vision! (Responsibility Eiko Takamizawa)
Activity report from Mongolia
(Now under translation)
Activity report from Mongolia
One of the single mothers who are living in Mongol Kids' Home just had a boy baby. He is the first child born in Mongol Kids’ Home. It was a very difficult delivery, but both the mother and the baby are doing well. Please do pray for God’s protection over them.
(We are sharing this with a permission from the mother.)
Activity report from Mongolia
On December 19-20, we were able to provide meals to 98 homeless people who live in manholes and garbage field. We have been facing various limitations due to COVID, but with the help of certain people, we were able to deliver the love of God. The people who received the meals were very grateful. We gave thanks to God for giving this opportunity to serve. The staff members of Mongol Kids’ Home participated in this project with great dedication.
The most difficult part of this project was finding the right location. The government does not allow a large group of people to gather, so rather than inviting the people to come, we went to meet in their place. The temperature was minus 30 celsius.
Dec. 1, 2020
Activity report from Mongolia (Under translation)
Mongol Kids' Home Activity Report No.2
May 14~June 1, 2020
Although most of the activities are put on hold due to corona, we were still able to visit the children’s houses. The children were so happy to see their teachers despite the difficult environment. They are really looking forward to returning to our house.
We also talked about reopening. We discussed about safety protocols including making children wear masks. We also discussed about making repairs to the playground, as after the demolition of the old building, the playground has been cluttered with construction materials.
Thus, we have been cleaning up the playground. For two days on May 29 and 30, we visited the children. There were some that we couldn’t not meet but we are looking forward to meeting them soon.
Pray that we would be able to contact all of our children
Pray for the cleaning process on the play ground
Pray for good team work
Thank you for your continuous prayers.
Mongol Kids' Home Activity Report No.1
April 27~May 13, 2020
Gantulga was appointed as the local manager on April 27, 2020. He met all the workers Nyamaa, Sunjee, and Oyuna to get to know more about the condition of facility and brief introduction of the work. These photos resemble the situation of the facility at time of first visit and meeting.
These photos show the back of our facility which means another person’s land. We had to fill it out in order to prevent water running into the facility. The owner of the land is happy that we made it clean for them.
August 18, 2019
The members at Glory of the Lord church in UB gathered at Mongol Kids Home and prayed for this project in one heart. We just received the pictures from the worship service and the BBQ that they had after the service. You can see Boldo and his mother and his nephew in the picture. You can also see the security guard / wood worker (who is non-Christian). Thank you so much for your prayers. We just cannot wait for the day when the Gel district will hear the sound of praise lifted up in the blue sky! Below is the comment from our ambassador Aoyagi.
I was so touched by this picture — the altar of God is built in the Gel district and people are praising God! I pray that one day God will save many souls from this district. I’m just thankful to see God's people gathering around one table under the blue sky. I shudder at the vision of all people, including children and woman working together to rebuild the temple walls. “Lord, I am weak and lacking in many things, but here I am.”
Posted on Aug 15､2019
Eiko, Izumi & Tomoko Aoyagi (Goodwill Ambassadors) and Yasuko Osara (Regional Coordinator) together with Pastor Gana visited UlaanBaataar July 12-17th, 2019.
By Eiko Takamizawa
We could accomplish many things within just 6days.
One of the highlights was to meet Boldoo. The change of his family was so encouraging. Boldoo's mother came to Sunday service and she put her hand on her chest throughout the service and focusing on God. I wish she will be baptized soon. To see Boldoo's neighbors becoming interested in Church was also very encouraging. As a matter of fact some of them joined the service the following day!
We visited Dasha that night and had a mini worship in his house. Two families joined the service together and enjoyed our fellowship together over lunch.
The second highlight was to visit our new facility. This building is just good for our project with three story-building. The third floor is good for our children's ministry with nice view through the windows. We need to repair roof and windows and fenses for security. The second building had 10 small rooms in two floors and just good for single mother and children's dormitory. This section is so old and need a lot of repair. We need to repair roofs and set the electricity and heating system before the end of September. If we can renovate these buildings, we can increase the number of the chilren and single mothers who need shelters.
Many names who need shelter and help are registered in the regional offices, and we hope to double the number of children in the new building.
We had a staff meeting and shared our prayer concerns and future plans together and prayed to God.
This time our souvenirs were musical instruments for children. This is to wish these children someday become praise leaders in churches! We thank God for those dedicated their money and efforts for this to happen.
It was summer holiday that we visited. So our kids' home were not held in the facility. So we visited children's homes (if we can call so). It was a heartbraking experience for us to see such a difficult condition children and their caretaker were living! I felt an urgency and importance of our ministry for these children.
Teachers and supporters, both discussed what should be done to help each children. We also discussed about the way the Mongolian team plan to be independent in near future. There were at times very critical comment on the products for Japanese trading. Pastor Namslai was willing to pursue higher quality for better trading with Korea and japan.
I was very blessed to see dedicated, full of wisdom and humiity among the members from Mongoia and Japan!
By Izumi Aoyagi and Tomoko Aoyagi
English translation will be uploaded soon.
Introducing of Mongolia team
We appreciate your prayers!
"The Glory of the Lord" Community Church, Board members
(From Left)J. Oyunbileg(Treasurer) / David Tsendee(Pastor) / U. Tungalagtuul (PJ Officer) / David Namsrai(Pastor)
Mongol Kids' Home, Workers
(From Left)P. Enkhjargal(Nursery) / D. Nyamsuren (Nyamaa)(Cook) / David Namsrai(Pastor, PJ Leader) / P. Sunjidmaa (Sunjee)(Nursery)
January 21, 2019
We received a message from Pastor Namsly to all those who are supporting Mongol Kids’ Home.
Shalom. I want to thank all those who are laboring to support the children in Mongol. I just want to express my sincere thanks to all of you for sending us so many handcrafted items including the beautiful knit caps, scarves, and cushions. And especially, I want to thank Aoyagis and Dr Eiko who gave us warm blankets. We were so glad to see the happy faces of the children. Thanks to all these gifts, the children can warmly spend this harsh winter. I believe that God will pour out His blessings upon you for all of your labors. We love and bless you.
January 6, 2019
Report "Dr. Eiko, Pastor Gana & his wife with Manya
Trip to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (December 29, 2018 -January 2, 2019)"
By Eiko Takamizawa
Happy New Year!
Thank you so much for your support and prayers laster year for the Mongol Kids Home project. Looking back the year, I was able to witness God’s amazing power one after another. I thank you for supporting us in various ways last year. May God continue to lead you throughout this year.
I summarized below my trip to Ulaanbaatar (UB). It’s a little bit long but I would like to ask for your patience in reading it through.
First day (Dec. 29)
Arrived safely at UB. Once again, many members of the church came to greet me at the airport. I was so grateful with their warm welcome. When I got out of the airport building, the temperature was minus 35C! I had to cover my whole body, including the face to avoid the stinging cold. As I was walking across the parking lot, I noticed what is harsh in this country is not only the cold temperature, but also the polluted air. I felt like the whole city of UB was in an indoor parking lot with lots of cars. The mask I brought from Korea was not enough to cover the pollutants, so I had to buy a mask with a special filter. I stayed at a place called ECC which is a guest house that the Glory of the Lord Church is currently renting out. It’s 10 dollars a night. Not many people visit during the winter, so the place was very quiet. As soon as I arrived, I heard a sad news. One of the pastors of the Glory of the Lord Church, Todoe, had passed away due to an accident. I attended a funeral at his house and encouraged his wife and children. I remembered that he asked me to have tea together next time, but sadly it never realized. I told myself to treasure each encounter with people.
Second day (Dec. 30)
Attended the Sunday worship at Glory of the Lord Church. The praise time was truly wonderful. I had no clue what I was singing about, but I was still blessed. As my throat was still not well with the flu that I caught just before coming to UB, Gana preached and I just shared a testimony and my vision. This day, Boldo could not make it to church because of a severe stomach ache. I was told that Boldo is being treated at a hospice for poor families, and now he is resting at home. I also heard that Dasha has not been able to come to church. He has three children and it must be hard for him to walk through the mountain paths in such a cold weather. In my last visit, we arranged the church car so that it would be easier for him to come to church, but it seems he is still having difficulty. This is understandable as he does not yet have faith. After the worship service, we held a meeting with the leaders and we decided to pay a visit to Boldo and Dasha’s house with few people.
As it was already in the evening, we decided to visit Dasha’s house first as they have children. Visiting Dasha’s house was a big challenge, as it is located in the middle of a mountain hill, due to the high altitude, I had difficult time breathing as well. The steps leading up to his house was covered with ice; I had to ask for people’s support. I can't fight against my age. When I entered his house, I was met with the usual unfriendly face of Dasha holding his child, and his lovely children and his wife. As I was told that the oldest son started attending school, I brought him some toys and stationeries as a gift. I also brought a small bag for Dasha’s wife, I was happy to see her happy face. This may be featured by NHK, but for manhole children to be able to send their kids to school is a big feat. The oldest must have picked up some social skills at school, when I spoke to him in English, he nodded in answer. I was touched that we were able to communicate. We held a short worship service and gave them some Bible verses, and prayed for them. We then headed to Boldo’s house. As I was going to his house, I was praying that by the time NHK features them in the next program which will mark the 30th year since NHK first started filming their lives, that Boldo’s household will jump into the grace of God.
Boldo’s back pain seemed worse than I expected. In his house, he uses his bed as a sofa, but when I sat down, it was unstable like a hammock. No wonder why he hurt his back. In addition to backpain, Boldo also has kidney problem. We all prayed for his healing. One thing I was happy from my visit this time was the change I saw in Boldo’s mother. In previous occasions, she had a little bit of sneer on her face as she listened to the stories of faith, but this time, she was listening to the Word of God with a straight face. I heard that last autumn, when the church celebrated Boldo’s baptism, they celebrated the mother’s birthday at the same time. I know that love of God is gradually changing her hearts. I suggested her to be baptized, and she was thinking about it with a serious face. We had such a great time at Boldo’s house. We thought that we will have no time to eat dinner, but the mother cooked for us a dumpling soup using the milk that was being heated on the stove. It tasted like a pork soup and I enjoyed eating it. Actually, I don’t like eating ram meat, so when I go to restaurant, I usually avoid ordering anything to do with ram. But of course, when I visit houses, I cannot even make orders. But having visited Mongolia for the third time, I feel like I’m getting used to all kinds of smells. To think about it, I’m even getting use to the saltiness of the salt milk tea.
Third day (Dec. 31)
Today, we visited the children in Mongol Kids’ House (MKH). These are the children who grew up in manholes. Nowadays, I heard that the government is sealing off many manholes so that people cannot get inside, so people who used to live in manholes are having to live in landing of staircases in apartment buildings. However, these days many apartment blocks have locks, so many people are losing their shelters. There are some few find their way into orphanages and shelters operated by government and other NPOs, but others are living with their partners, or even in the storage for collecting garbage bags in the apartment complexes. So the so-called ‘manhole children’ are decreasing with a rapid pace. And it is difficult to know the accurate number of these children. Sorongo estimated that around 50 or so teenagers who prefer to have more freedom may be still living in manholes. The work of Sorongo, who keeps contact for these unprivileged children, is so precious. The environment for these children that we visited was beyond humane level.
The door and the wall have no resemblance of what they suppose to look like. Even when they have a young parent, they are also without jobs. They are just living day by day selling gums in the streets. The children who were abandoned by the parents are living with their relatives; in the case of ‘A’ (I must keep anonymity), she was abandoned by the alcoholic mother, and now living with cousins who are 16 and 12 years old. Of course, there is no-one to discipline them. The mother of ‘A’ and ’T’ sisters who are living in a shack-like house was living with a partner that she is not married with. I realized this time that providing support for the mothers and other caretaker is equally important. When I got home, I noticed that it is the New Year’s Eve. I thought to myself, ‘Kohaku Utagassen’ (a famous end of the year singing show in Japan) must have ended by now. I heard the sound of a noise fire crackers in the streets. I prayed with Menya, offering a prayer of thanksgiving for the whole year to God.
Fourth day (January 1, 2019)
In the morning, we visited a facility that is similar to MKH established by sister Sorongo and heard about her work. Sorongo is one of the few people approved by the government working in this field. She rents an apartment in the city (5 rooms in total) and just like MKH, takes cares of 18 children who are ages 0 to 7 during the weekdays and sends them back to their houses in the weekend. She also trains parents who do not have income (16 to 20 year olds) with sewing skills so that they can somehow find work. Parents who have no where to go home sometimes stays at her facility. Sister Sorongo has helped me with MKH in the past, training workers, introducing children. This time, she shared with me the knowhow of communicating with government officials. I decided that it is best to collaborate with sister Sorongo in the MKH project. This time we were able to donate 18 blankets to the children at MKH that I brought from Korea. When we closed the meeting with prayer, Sorong burst out crying, probably as she was overwhelmed with the loneliness of fighting this race so far. She was touched that MKH can be her partner.
The second fellowship I had this day was with pastor Shiho Yata, who has been doing ministry in Mongol for 14 years. The pastor shared with me some valuable information about the country. I found out that the pastor is also involved in a pre-school ministry that helps under privileged children. I hope to see her ministry in my next visit. She also shared her insight about MKH. I was blessed with this meeting as I am so new to this country.
In the afternoon, I reflected the past one year with Pastor Gana and Pastor Namsly. I was also updated with the financial report. The person in charge of accounting kept all the receipts and wire transfer records for workers were all tidily kept. I also saw the actual government certificate that allows us to do this ministry. We also had an ID to show at the hospital in case the children at MKH needed some care. Thanks to the work of sister Sorongo, MKH is properly functioning and recognized as a NGO. Members were also making the prototype of handmade goods (bags, table cloths, wool slippers, other leather items), so that families related to MKH can become independent from overseas support in the future. I thought that it would be nice if we can tie up with business persons in Japan or Korea.
The third person I met this day was the person who designed the orphanage at the early stage of MKH project, and who is also helping people who are addicted to alcohol. He made 5 to 6 designs for MKH, but since we are not ready to build a new building yet, we haven’t been able to officially sign the contract with him. Since we haven’t paid him at all so far, we gave him a small gratuitous payment and visited his home. He seemed happy with our hearts.
The fourth person we met is Dr. H who is a missionary from Korea, and who is one of the members that planted the Glory of the Lord Church. In Mongol, he has a otolaryngology practice and working as a doctor. He is also a professor of a medical school. He has been observing our ministry in this past year. He encouraged us by saying that MKH is being led by the Lord and that he would like to fully support us. He said he will also pray that the member of Glory of the Lord church will participate in this project with prayer and service. Before I met him, I was actually worried that he may say a negative things about MKH, but I was thankful to hear all the positive words.