As we’ve been shopping for Christmas gifts we’ve been asking questions like, “Is this worth taking up limited space in a suitcase in July?” or “Is the joy this will bring in the next seven months worth getting it now?” The “Is it worth…” questions are causing us to live in a surreal space and… Read More Brother’s basement, suitcase, or sell pile?
Do you see how beautiful this lake is? Or check out this video: 93% of the total surface fresh water in Mongolia is in Khuvsgul Lake. It’s in the mid-northern part of Mongolia, about 12 hours from the capital city where we’ll live. Khusvsgul Lake has 2% of the surface area of Lake Michigan and just… Read More Let’s Build a Church
We’ve decided to intermittently write a series in response to our most frequently asked questions. This is the first installment. “How long is your trip?” The simple answer is 8-10 years, we think. Our first term is 4 years but we think we’ll need at least 8-10 years, or 2-3 terms, to accomplish our main… Read More FAQs: How Long is Your Trip?
Fundraising is the worst. There are some pretty great things about it (see my previous post here, about our tribe increasing). It’s super fun getting to know people by traveling and sharing our story. But, also, it’s the worst. I’ll tell you why in a minute. But, first: We’ve got this cool app that is… Read More The worst.
Anha moved 10 hours away from her home to the capital city of Ulaanbataar to go to University. When her parents found out she had secretly transferred to Bible College they were outraged. She was not deterred, graduating with a four year degree and has successfully pastored the Wesleyan Church in her hometown leading many… Read More Meet Anha
A few weeks ago we sat in an adult Sunday School class in Georgia. The topic was contentment. The challenge was from Philippians 4:11-13 …for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret… Read More I have learned to be content (Sort of. Okay, not really. But I am learning)
5. Because your gift will change a nation: The country of Mongolia will be transformed as its people become disciples who make disciples. Your gift will provide theological education, pastoral training, and support economic development to support the local church as they reach their country for Christ. 4. Logging your faith promise (pledge) now, even if you don’t… Read More 5 Reasons to Give or Pledge to Ellisons in Mongolia Today
Pastor Naraa leads the Central Church in Ulaanbataar. In addition to pastoring this church she is the denomination’s national leader. She prays that God would use her to raise up and develop leaders and pastors who will disciple believers, plant churches, and reach the lost. Because she lives in the capital city she has more… Read More Meet Naraa
Today is Thanksgiving. If all goes well, today is probably our last Thanksgiving in the United States for a very long time. With that in mind, we have so much to be thankful for and we’ve created a list to remind ourselves, to celebrate, and to express our gratitude for all the good gifts God… Read More Thanksgiving Thankfulness
Today we walked into Cory’s parents’ church in Ft. Valley, GA. Jim & Mary Jean (or Mr. Jim and Ms. Mary Jean because we’re in the South) have been a part of this community since they moved from California to Georgia during Cory’s second year of Bible College. They are well-established and well-loved. People we… Read More Ever-Expanding Tribe
Gallbladder is one word, not two. I’ve learned that with all the internet research I’ve done in the last month. It seems to me that it should be two words. But it’s not; it’s one. It turns out your gallbladder is important but not critical. So when it starts giving you trouble the basic doctor… Read More On gallbladders and limits
There have been a number of people who commented that they’d followed our trips but didn’t know we were considering long-term missionary service. That’s probably because we didn’t really know that either. Our first trip to Mongolia was just over a year ago. God had been stirring in Cory’s heart before that but the thought… Read More A Whisper.