Remote villages and mud huts with no electricity or running water may be what comes to mind when you think about how missionaries live. That might still be true for a few, but for most missionaries today, high-rise apartments, good internet connections, smartphones and access to modern shopping centres are the norm. Over our next couple of articles two families share a little of their lives.
Missionary Life #2 - A Different Life
I always wanted to be a missionary in the jungle. Maybe in Papua New Guinea or Indonesia or with a tribe deep in the Amazon Jungle. How amazing would it be to live a totally simple life - hunting, fishing, with little or no contact with the outside world, sharing the love of Jesus with people who have never seen a television set, let alone used the internet.
But God called me to Mongolia. “No jungle”, I thought, “but certainly very remote, with people living in gers as they have for thousands of years, right?” Well, not quite.
The capital city, Ulaanbaatar, is a bustling, crowded city with big department stores and lots of new (and old) apartment blocks. Well supplied corner stores within a minute’s walk, imported goods from all over the world, fantastic movie theatres, and internet way faster and cheaper than in Australia. Even in remote villages most people use smart phones and solar panels, and satellite dishes means access to over 100 TV channels with movies and news from all over the world.
Not exactly the jungle I envisioned, yet a people in desperate need of the gospel and discipleship. That is why Jesus sent me. I was privileged to serve the homeless, to share with neighbours and to see local churches started where there were none.
I’m glad I went. I still got to go fishing and even horse riding. And it was certainly nice to be able to stay connected with home.