Mongolia Update

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I am writing a little early this week, since I might not be able to write for a while in Mongolia.  We get back late Sunday evening, then have one day to get ready to go to the countryside Tuesday morning for camp.  I anticipate not having internet at the house, and Monday is a holiday, so we will not be able to do anything about it til after camp.

But I did want to let you know where we are and what is happening.  We leave Seoul, Korea, having been here since Wednesday evening, this evening.  We are thankful for the Gengers, who have been a tremendous help to us.  They have a early evening service, so we will be able to be in church with them for both morning and evening services, then make it to the airport in plenty of time for our flight.

Our main purpose for our stay-over here – getting our Mongolian visas – was accomplished!  Unbeknownst to me, the visa  office has moved, and finding it after going to the old but still operating Mongolian embassy caused me to be too late in the day to get my money ($1570 for our family!!) deposited in the bank.  But a man sitting in the back behind the workers that sit just on the other side of the glass partition called me, and to make a long story short, is the relative of a friend of ours in Mongolia whom I had met years ago.  He is a colonel in the army.  They ended up saying that they would help me, and get my money in the bank for me the next day.  I took a slight chance that they would pocket my money, but it worked out ok, and I was able to get our stamped passports back the next day.

The three-day holiday I mentioned above is going on in Mongolia right now, so we expect attendance to be low in church there.  However, they will have regular morning services, then an early service in the afternoon with testimonies being given.  I pray that it will be a good time of fellowship and encouragement to everybody that comes.

Next week, Lord willing, I will write you from our home in Mongolia!

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