Dear brothers and sisters, on this World Mission Day my thoughts turn to all the local Churches. Let us not be robbed of the joy of evangelisation!
I invite you to immerse yourself in the joy of the Gospel and nurture a love that can light up your vocation and your mission. I urge each of you to recall, as if you were making an interior pilgrimage, that "first love" with which the Lord Jesus Christ warmed your heart not for the sake of nostalgia but in order to persevere in joy. The Lord's disciples persevere in joy when they sense His presence, do His will and share with others their faith hope and evangelical charity".
"The Church is a community of people, animated by the Holy Spirit, who have lived and are living the wonder of the encounter with Jesus Christ and want to share this experience of deep joy, the message of salvation that the Lord gave us. It is the Holy Spirit that guides the Church in this path." -
Make this day special by your prayers and almsgiving for the young Church in Mongolia
The story of the Gantulga family of Mongolia
There is a positive influence of the Church here in the communities in Mongolia. Their lives have been changing for the better, and you can feel the change. There is more joy and happiness around us and there has been a big change in the lives of many people.
This thanks to the spiritual and practical outreach of faithful missionaries, for every year, more and more
Mongolians hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, and accept Jesus in their lives and enter the Church.
Gantulga's family is just one Mongolian families whose lives have been dramatically transformed after accepting Jesus into their hearts.
Gantulga, his wife Uurtsaikh and their four children, live in the rural town of Arvaiheer, 440 km from Mongolia's capital city of Ulaanbaatar.
The family first learned about the Catholic Church when they moved to the town after tragically losing all their livestock almost ten years ago. They were one of a few lucky families to be given a new ger, a traditional Mongolian round tent dwelling. While Uurtsaikh and the children started attending activities run by the local Catholic Church, Gantulga was haunted by his alcoholism and his destructive behaviour. As he explains,
"Before in my life, I made a lot of mistakes and I was addicted to alcohol and I had problems with violence, not understanding, misunderstandings with other people. When I started going to church and feeling how God's mercy reaches me, I felt that I had to receive baptism. Sometimes I try to imagine what would have been my life without faith. And then frankly I do not find an answer because most probably I would have been pulled by the river of my old life into something bad. I don't know really what would have been my life without Christ." .