For several years, Agape Asia has had the opportunity to share the Father’s love with over a hundred children in Mongolia – through work in a Children’s Prison and sponsorship of children in family-based care.
Ministering in the Children’s Prison is a true example of shining light in dark places. Many adults in Mongolia struggle with depression and alcoholism, which often leads to children growing up without the stable, loving families they need. This situation, combined with the enduring nomadic culture in much of the country, contribute to large numbers of children separated from their parents. When young people like this commit a crime, they are often sent to the Children’s Prison to stay until they become adults. The children often have no one to visit, show love, or guide them towards healthy adult lifestyles. Our dedicated partners visit the facility every week to offer personal development training, character building, and to share the Father’s love. (learn more about needs in Mongolia and join us in prayer)
Recently, our partners had an incredible encounter while two friends from Lipscomb University were visiting. A child who had been released from the prison visited our office and shared his inspiring story of resilience. He expressed his gratitude for the support and encouragement he received during his darkest moments. With Agape’s assistance, he gained the confidence and strength to pursue his studies and successfully gained admission to a university. We even had the privilege of helping him with funding for his first year’s fees. Witnessing his transformation and determination to create a better life was truly rewarding for all of us.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Another significant event also took place on Parent’s Day, June 13th. On this day, local leaders met with parents of at-risk children in our family-based care to teach how to effectively support their children and manage their emotions. We believe that by strengthening the bond between parents and children, we can create a nurturing environment that facilitates growth and positive change. A key part of serving at-risk children is teaching children and caregivers skills that help them break the cycles of pain, poverty, and even abandonment. During these training sessions, leaders also shared Bible stories, which led to profound questions about the meaning of life and the existence of God. It’s heartwarming to witness their curiosity and explore the Gospel during times like this!