Mongolia has so far been very little affected by Covid-19.
At the end of last year, however, there was an increase in cases. In Ulan Bator and other regions, the government immediately took strict measures. So we had a pretty tough lockdown in the past few weeks. Many shops were and still are closed, of course masks are compulsory, people cannot go to work for a long time, financial and other hardships affect people - also in Mongolia. Fear and insecurity are spreading. Our HELP ministry in Ulan Bator wants to counteract poverty and need among the population wherever possible. God has opened a door for us by giving us an official permit for a 24-hour round-the-clock mercy ministry for the homeless.
Shelter in times of need
Our guests are very grateful for our shelter, because at night in Mongolia, winter temperatures can drop to -40°C and even below! Many have been living on the streets for years and have had a difficult life. Our facility is like a refuge for them, where they get a warm place to sleep, protection from the freezing cold, as well as food and clothing.
New hope rises up
Shared meals alternate with times of worship, and practical work with each other allows us to get to know each other a little better. Again and again, we were allowed to help people in the medical field and bandage their wounds. Some even got a new haircut. Life on the streets is hard and takes its toll. We want to pass on God's love in a very practical way and show how valuable each and every one of them is in God's eyes.
God makes everything new!
Just recently two people decided to go to Henti Province for long-term rehab (photo below left and right). It is so good to see how God changes hearts and how people are led by Him into a new life without addiction.