Sunday, May 18, 2014

Steppe by Step by Hugh Kemp

Steppe By Step
Hugh Kemp (OMF Publishing)
Monarch Books 2000
ISBN 1 85424 484 1
543 pp

For those who think missionary work in Mongolia has happened only recently, this book by Hugh Kemp will delight and enlighten.

Kemp has a strong background in missions, having grown up in India and worked in Mongolia in church planting and Theological Education by Extension. He and his family went to Mongolia in 1992 with Interserve, and have done several repeat visits.

A skilled researcher, Kemp would like us to know the true history of God’s work in Mongolia. He takes us on a sweeping ride through the centuries, through wars and conquests, boundary realignments and major social changes. He highlights the role of many of the Christian wives and concubines of Mongolia’s rulers who exerted subtle influence on the policies of their times. In an easy to read narrative, Kemp tells us of mission work done by the Moravians, London Missionary Society, Catholic Mission, and various evangelism efforts in the twentieth century.

The work of western missionaries in more recent years has often been hard going. Seldom did they have good news stories of conversions to send back home, and at times they feared their intercessors would weary of praying. But step by step and with persistence and prayer, the forces of darkness are being replaced with the light of the Gospel. Today in the capital city, Ulaanbataar, Christian churches have been planted strategically throughout the city.

The information is easy to follow, being well served by liberal quotes from various sources with end notes and a comprehensive Bibliography. In his forward Tony Lambert writes: ‘Hugh Kemp has unearthed many significant facts which are not easily obtained elsewhere. First-class research is presented in an enjoyable form.’

Hugh Kemp was urged by Mongolian Christians to write their story. Anyone interested in knowing what God is doing in the world today will enjoy this fascinating account of Mongolian Christians from ancient roots to vibrant young church.

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