Baker_Central Asia_Dec2019

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THE BAKER BULLETIN

December 2019

 

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DAVID, RACHEL, JULIA, TIMOTHY, DANIEL & ESTHER BAKER 

 

SERVING THE LORD WITH THE LCMS IN CENTRAL ASIA 

 

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A VOICE CALLING IN THE WILDERNESS

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With the lowest population density of any country on earth, much of Mongolia does indeed qualify as wilderness—uncultivated, uninhabited, inhospitable. It amazes me how the strong people of this country somehow manage to make a living in the wilderness, constantly on the move to find water and feed for their livestock. 

 

When I look around Mongolia, more than just the landscape, I remember John the Baptist, who served in the Judean wilderness so long ago. The Pharisees and King Herod, and likely many others, thought John the Baptist had gone too far as he called out to the people to “flee the coming wrath” of God. Yet, the truth was that John the Baptist understood all too well the desperate situation of his people—that the Messiah was coming imminently, and that they were not ready for the wrath of God that would come on the day of the Lord’s Judgment. Like their hardy Judean counterparts of old, many of the people of Mongolia find themselves equally ill prepared to face the coming of the Messiah, Jesus our Lord. 

 

Our brother, Pastor Azamat, and his family at times feel a bit as John the Baptist must have. They have recently moved to northern Mongolia to proclaim the Gospel and to plant a new group of home churches in a cluster of three towns where the next largest population of Kazakh people live, and where there is currently no other active outreach to the Muslim-background Kazakh minority. Theirs is a vital, but sometimes a lonely, calling.

 

Likewise, it is not uncommon, for some (especially the religious leaders) in the Muslim community to take offense at Azamat, feeling that he is somehow standing in judgment over his own people, and certainly disturbing the status quo. But, like John the Baptist, Azamat and his family are motivated to carry on in the face of misunderstanding, criticism and even persecution—because they want nothing more and nothing less than to see their people ready for the coming of the Lord. They know not only of the coming wrath of God, that John the Baptist warned of, but also that Jesus came two thousand years ago to Bethlehem, was born as a baby, grew up as a man, and went to the cross to pay the debt of the whole world, including that of their Kazakh people here in the wilderness of Mongolia. Their hearts’ desire is that their people would come to know the Messiah, the Savior of the World who came on that Christmas so long ago, and that their people would be ready together with them for the next great Advent of our Lord—that it would be a day of celebration and great joy, not a day of judgment, for their beloved people.

 

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PRAYER REQUESTS

·     Give thanks with us for Azamat and family who, like our family, live far from loved ones and the comforts of home to serve in Mongolia and bring the Good News to the unreached Kazakh diaspora.

 

·     Pray that the hearts of the Kazakhs and all the people of Mongolia would be open to the great Glad Tidings of the Lord Jesus who has come to save them.

 

·     Praise the Lord that Hamit’s health is better. Amidst final exams and projects, he had the energy needed to help with all the preparations for our Kazakh church’s Christmas celebrations in Nalaix.

 

·     Praise the Lord for wonderful Christmas services and outreach events. Church members invited many unreached friends and neighbors to celebrate with us and hear the Good News of the Savior that has come for them!

 

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JULIA’S JOURNAL

(age 16)

Over the last year or so, Julia has shown interest in learning to play the guitar. Recently she set her mind to learning how to accompany hymns and worship songs with the help of our church volunteer Adam. It was encouraging for her (and her parents!) that she so quickly got to the level that she could begin singing through our Kazakh church songbook. 

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TIMOTHY’S TURN

(age 15)

After waiting for over two months for his parents to get the piano tuned, Timothy decided it was time to learn to do the job himself! Of course, the piano sounded much nicer after being tuned. The downside is that with the winter temperature fluctuations the piano does not stay in perfect tune very long. On the bright side, Timothy can tune it again any time the piano gets too hard to listen to, and we don’t have to wait for (or pay for) the piano tuner. (A big thank you goes to Adam Fosse for getting Timothy started!)

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DANIEL’S DOINGS

(age 12)

The kids are all very generous with their time and money when it comes to getting or making gifts for one another. This year Daniel had a limited budget. So, he decided to plan out his gift giving, using most of his remaining money to buy Christmas presents for his parents, brother and sisters, and a few visiting friends. ’Tis more blessed to give than to receive—though the kiddos definitely enjoy the receiving side too!

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ESTHER’S ESCAPADES (age 9)

Though she tends not to get into the football games as much as her daddy and siblings, Esther usually watches Packer games with the family mostly for the sake of doing things TOGETHER. Last week Esther combined her love of dress up and her love of family togetherness by getting into the Packer spirit with Green and Gold tinsel hair. Maybe next week we’ll shout, “Go, Pack, Go!” together. That’s family football bonding.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

 

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David Baker, Post Office 48A, Post Box 87, 13373 Ulaanbaatar, MONGOLIA

 

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