The Lamb for every family

17 February 2009 (11:38) | posted by chinzorig

The White Moon Celebration

The White Moon which is the Lunar New Year is one the main two big public annual events, next to the Naadam It usually celebrated in February or March depending on the lunar calendar.  It marks the end of Winter and the beginning of spring and the new yeaґs cycle. Prior to the holiday people clean and tidy their gers or houses to enter the New Year in order and cleanness.  The White Moon Eve is celebrated in families eating a lot of food mainly buuz, meat, rice, salads, etc... symbolizing the prosperity of the coming year.  

 

It is a custom to have a sheep (or the tail representing the whole sheep) in every family on the tables as the main feature of the White Moon Celebration along with special shaped cookies traditionally called "khavsai", rice etc. During the first days of the new year, all the relatives come even from remote provinces to greet each other, starting with the eldest person. People come with gifts and blessings for the new year.

There is a great similarity with the Passover.

The first thing God ordered through Moses to the young nation of Israel was to set the month Abib to be the first month of a year. Setting a new calendar to follow. Israel launched into new destiny towards the promised land on a new year holiday! Every family had to have a lamb to redeem its firstborn and leave the land of slavery.

Exodus 12

  • 12:2 "This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of the year"
  • 12:3 "… Each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household."
  • 12:12b "… I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord."
  • 12:15 "For seven days you are to eat bread made without east. On the first day remove the yeast from your houses…"

The nation of Mongolia will be prophetically celebrating the White Moon on Feb 25 this year, declaring the Lamb of God to be the Savior of every family and household without realizing that!

I wonder what God has given in your culture that point to Christ.

Maranatha!


A View of Ulaanbaatar (and me)

4 September 2008 (10:11) | posted by chinzorig

Here's a brief video clip of me with a good view of Ulaanbaatar, the capital city.

Please continue praying for the Church in Mongolia.


Radical lifestyle

16 July 2008 (06:57) | posted by chinzorig

a ger

I never particularly liked gers (yurts) since my childhood, being born and raised in the city, thinking it is not modern, messy, primitive, complicated etc. After Jesus accepted me, I started to realize many negative principles behind the city lifestyle, and started valuing old way of Mongolians living in gers. I probably can not live in a ger, but serious about applying the principles of community living and fighting the spirit of self-seeking and materialism.  [More...]


Thoughts around Naadam

17 July 2007 (13:28) | posted by chinzorig

Mongolian wrestling at NaadamNaadam is the Mongolian National Holiday, commemorating the People's Revolution of 1921. Every TV channel would broadcast the man's three games: mongolian wrestling, archery and horse racing.

It is interesting that in old times these were the main sports/skills needed for the families to survive. Every male was expected...

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Satan's panic

12 June 2007 (10:43) | posted by chinzorig

Recently, we had a disturbing news that in Bayankhongor province (where the Church is growing significantly) one of Mongolian top monks paid a visit with several dozens of monks and a parliament member to discourage the local people coming to Christ. They challenged the local government to take the Church land back from the Churches and arrest the leaders of Church. This is a direct violation of human rights. But, Church attendance doubled the following Sunday!

There is a high chance for Bayankhongor province to become a Christian province in Mongolia. Let the Kingdom come!

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Here I go...

4 May 2007 (02:13) | posted by chinzorig

Hello Friends!

I am excited to start my very own blog... in English! Thanks for your patience as I figure out this blogging thing.

I've chosen this photo because it's me overlooking the beautiful capital city of Ulaanbaatar -- a great View from Mongolia.

Me overlooking Ulaanbaatar

I should also point out that the nice photo in the masthead was taken by an Asian Access friend, Joshua Clayton.

If you have a question about Mongolia or any blogging advice for me, feel free to leave a comment.

Talk to you soon!

Chinzorig