Before our team left, we prayed for the ministry that we would encounter here in Mongolia. In these times of prayer,
God highlighted one word in particular: fire.
We thought it odd that we kept getting this word because we were preparing to head to a country with the coldest capital city in the world. But we decided that the Lord was referring to us taking Him as a fire. Fire to burn down barriers, bring His all-consuming love, and melt the hearts of the people of this nation.
We believe that the Lord is equipping us to do all those things just as He promised, but on the second day here the Lord showed up greatly. We had been visiting a youth church and started building relationships with the young adults of Erdenet all evening when we were preparing to leave.
Just before we went on our way we heard someone shouting FIRE! FIRE!
We grabbed the jugs we had for water and jumped the fence to find a yurt smoking more than usual. We tried to open the door but it was locked. As we continued to throw water on the tent, one of the youth we were with broke open the door to find three kids trapped on the inside.
Yurt fires are a common occurrence here.
It takes four minutes for the tents to burn to the ground, but by the grace of God we were able to put the fire out in two.
Soon after that the parents arrived home. They were devastated from the horrible news, but so grateful we were there to help their children. That night they invited us in to pray over their family and their home, and two days later they invited us back to help rebuild their yurt.
Through this fire, we were able to build a relationship with this family of non-believers, that they would like to continue, and help rebuild their home all in the name of Christ. We were able to show His love to a family that may not have been receptive to it any other way. We are so thankful that God presented us with this awesome opportunity, and so excited to see where he leads us next in this new relationship with the family!