We have had to put our suit jackets back on, as the weather is starting to cool down here. But it is still nice.
I have been in Mongolia almost 5 months now, and so I have had plenty of time to get to know Mongolian people. Missionaries are often asked what they like about the culture or people where they serve. Well, in Mongolia as with anywhere, there are really wonderful people and some who can be pretty bad. But that doesn't matter. I am here to serve them all. Christ loved the Jews and served them His whole life, and then gave His life for them (and all of us, good and bad). He didn't do these things because He liked Jewish cuisine or the climate or the language of the day. He didn't do it because the people were the most faithful or most humble people (see the New Testament). He served them out of love because he made a covenant with them and He kept it. Today, the Lord doesn't ask us to spread the Gospel throughout a hardened world because he wants the Celestial Kingdom to be a multicultural place, but because He loves us and wants us to have joy. I love the Mongolian people because they are God's children, and He knows who will follow Him and He wants me to find them.
Sometimes speaking in sign language can be tough, but at other times it can be great. This last week, I was humbled at the opportunity to speak simple but important Gospel truths with my hands. I see the Lord's promises and prophecies fulfilled in my life all the time. It is great to use simple ways to invite people to come closer to Christ.