Mongolia. This land is rough, and the rough inhabit it. Winters: average temperature of –13 degrees Fahrenheit, Roads: less than 4% are paved, bathrooms: outhouses are the norm, and water: no potable water systems in the entire country. Mongolia is vast, being the 18th largest country in the world, and is landlocked between Russia and China. Even though it has been 20 years since the Mongolian people broke the shackles of communism, the free market and the country as a whole is still struggling to walk on its own two legs. The younger generation is hungry for success and notoriety in the marketplace of the 21st century. They are slowly obtaining more and more influence and power that will make this a possibility in the near future. This is the Mongolia that we met, rough but optimistic.
In less than 24 hours of our arrival Gary Shotton, Daniel Matlach, and four Mongolian nationals were out on the (rocky) road . GBSF linked arms with the Mongolian NGO VET N.E.T. which has an extensive network established in the smaller countryside communities. Business owners, school teachers, and government employees, made up the majority of the more than five hundred attendees in the four different cities where we held our business seminars. These seminars opened the door for Gary and Daniel to visit businesses and consult their owners which included a small farm and ranch, a small clothing manufacturer, a restaurant owner, and a city mayor. This is where the real face to face ministry takes place and it was exciting to leave behind Bibles, business ideas, and hope!
Two churches and one of the major universities in the capital city also desired to have business seminars held at their facilities. The opportunity to show biblically how God desires us to conduct business and to exhort those just taking the plunge into the business world was invigorating!
Due to the fact that Mongolia is a developing nation, it is a perfect fit for any level of businesspeople from the U.S.A. to come and divulge their knowledge. From first time start ups, to full manufacturing plants, all different forms and types of businesses are eager to gain beneficial knowledge on how to successfully navigate the free market. So the question is, do you have time to change a person, a family, a nation? Mongolia is eagerly waiting with open ears and eyes for what you have to say, so sign up today and get ready for your trip of a lifetime!