A Weekend of 'Wonderful Love'

A Weekend of 'Wonderful Love'

The strains of Gospel music were heard in the remote provincial of Altai in August when Pilot Roy Rissanen flew a group of Christian singers on a weekend outreach.

Each year singers from a project called ‘Gaihamshigt Khair’ (Wonderful Love), use MAF aircraft to reach to distant corners of Mongolia with a musical witness.

They visit a different county each time – encouraging churches and sharing their message of hope.

In August this year, it was the turn of the churches in Mongolia’s remote southwest to host the group.   

Pilot Roy Rissanen flew the Mongolian Christian singers to the provincial capital Altai for a weekend of free concerts.

'The main singer, a lady called Oronchimeg, has been a well-known celebrity in Mongolia for over 30 years and her presence was a draw for many locals.'

Feeding the faith of the 2,000

The busy schedule was planned down to the last detail - to make the most of the limited time. 

Many of the towns' people turned out for the Friday evening concertand  Roy watched as large crowd gathered outside the town hall to attend the free event.

‘By my calculation, there are over 400 attending tonight!’ shared Roy, who was honoured to support the event.

‘We can see from the outfits of the audience that some of them are from town and some from the surrounding countryside,’ Roy shared. ‘Word has spread, and the attendance is very good!’

The sound of singing soon filled the air as the audience enjoyed the programme of Mongolian folk dancing and both traditional and contemporary songs.   

Between the songs, the singers shared personal testimonies of how Jesus is moving in their lives. A local pastor delivered a message and invited people to respond.  

Celebrity singer

The main singer, a lady called Oronchimeg, has been a well-known celebrity in Mongolia for over 30 years and her presence was a draw for many locals. 

The evening drew to a close with more singing. Concert-goers were invited to join in the meaningful words of John Newton’s hymn Amazing Grace, translated into Mongolian.

There were two further events over the course of the weekend, with an estimated 2,000 people enjoying the witness of the talented Gospel group. The main concert on Saturday took place in the town’s main theatre, while the Sunday morning service brought local Christians together for a worship celebration.

The tight schedule unfortunately meant there was no time for pleasantries once the service finished.

‘The singers are hauled from the worship service straight to the airport. No time for lunch or saying long goodbyes!’ Roy said, explaining how he had to keep one eye on the clock to ensure that they could make it back to Ulaanbaatar before the last landing time.

Three-hour flight

‘We jumped into the MAF plane and we took off for a three-hour flight over the Gobi Desert and Khangai mountains.’

Next year the team will plan another outreach to a location yet to be decided. ‘The place is still open,’ Roy shares, not speculating on the likely options, ‘but the Lord knows and will let them know in time and MAF will be ready to take them wherever they need to go!’ 

‘We jumped into the MAF plane and we took off for a three-hour flight over the Gobi Desert and Khangai mountains.... Next year the team will plan another outreach and MAF will be ready to take them wherever they need to go!'