When in 1992 a pioneer team of FCJG in Germany set out to go to Mongolia, they arrived in the most western province of Mongolia - Bayan Ulgi. It is the area of the biggest ethnic minority of Mongolia, the Muslim-oriented Kazakh people. Since then, we have never stopped investing into this fringe region. Although far off and geographically difficult to reach, we helped with setting up a government health and advice centre and given humanitarian aid.
In 2009, Hans-Peter and Anita Reiff moved to the capital of the province Bayan Ulgii. During the first few years, Hans-Peter worked as a carpentry supervisor at the state-owned vocational school. Then he set up his own training workshop for carpentry. The Reiffs lived among the Kazakh people in an ordingary flat and welcomed their neighbours who were wondering why these Germans living right amongst them in this remote place called Bayan Ulgii ... so they came around and asked. And there are always an answers to questions.
Unity among peoples groups
Today a community that is sharing one vision has been established to serve and work in the carpentry workshop and is making a wonderful impact on its surroundings. Various peoples groups are living together in unity and peace - something rare to find in this region. Over the past years, a Kazakh staff member has started a 12-step-program for men with alcohol problems which is conducted every few months. The addictive behaviour amongst men is big, but it is hidden under the cultural and religious pressure of society.