Displays and Depth. Dr. Hillary and Michael Mincher
In Mongolia, NewYear’s is celebrated from the end of December through the first of January. Christmas and New Year’s celebrations were brought into the country by Russia during the era of Soviet control. Mongolians do not really capture the exact meaning behind the Christmas celebration and consider the holiday to be part of their New Year’s festivities. Businesses and homes are extravagantly decorated with Christmas lights and trees. There are no nativity scenes of course, and people refer to the decor as New Year’s trees and decorations. The Children’sPark even sets up a beautiful winter wonderland light display that can
of Christian Veterinary Mission fieldworkers in Mongolia will be spending the
Christmas season alongside their neighbors, celebrating and reflecting a depth
of hope that many have not experienced yet…Hope in the Christ child, Savior of
the world and the hope they have in a personal relationship with the God of the
universe. This month and next, veterinarian professionals will have other fellow
veterinarians, vet students, coworkers, and friends for meals and celebrations,
talking openly and sharing the story of Jesus, making memories and bringing a
greater depth to this yearly celebration.
read about Christmas in Mongolia and it rings true to our own culture. Our own
neighborhoods are sparkling, as we spend money on gifts, have parties, decorate
our lawns with giant ornaments, many reflecting a similar lack of depth. But there is a big difference…we have access
to the rest of the story. Everyone around us hears the carols, can freely
attend a church, watch the Christmas story on television or hear about the
Christ child every day. We can freely talk about our faith without
repercussions. For many in Mongolia,
they will never hear the good news.
can they call on Him if they have not put their trust in Him? And how can they
put their trust in Him if they have not heard of Him? And how can they hear of
Him unless someone tells them? (Romans 10:14)
Hope is at the heart of CVM and the veterinary professionals that work all around the globe. V.E.T.Net Mongolia is a national NGO that began from the work of Christian VeterinaryMission. Veterinarians play a major role in outreach to herder families as no other profession has access to the herders like their veterinarian. And it would be almost impossible to reach out to the herders in mass without the assistance of remote veterinarians. Veterinarian professionals strain and work alongside
Thank you to Dr.
Hillary and Michael Mincher for sharing their story. To find out more or
partner with their work go to the CVM website.