How can a housing project disciple a nation?

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Mongolia is home to approximately three million people. One of them is Disciple Nations Alliance champion Munkhuu Tuvshin. Munkhuu lives in Ulanbataar and is founder of Human Wholistic Development (HWD), a ministry for discipling nations wholistically and strategically by training and mentoring pastors and leaders of local churches. Munkhuu is also a member of the DNA’s Global Advisory Team.

Munkhuu lives in Ulanbataar, Mongolia with his wife and daughter

Through HWD, Munkhuu has developed a National Network Team for the purpose of training and discipling Mongolia’s population. It all begins with relationship. HWD trainers go into communities and listen and learn from the people. After a relationship has been formed, they begin teaching biblical worldview, relying heavily on Discipling Nations and If Jesus were Mayor.

Munkhuu and his team have developed a 40/60 training model: forty percent of training is content, sixty percent is helping leaders and trainees apply what they have learned. In this way, local pastors and leaders are not just hearing the content, but truly learning what it means to live a life centered on biblical truths.

Early on, Munkhuu recognized that his call was not just to disciple Christians, but all of Mongolia. God has opened doors to train and disciple government leaders. In order to contextualize Western ideas for Mongolian, non-Christian audiences, Munkhuu incorporates his own experiences when he teaches concepts such as Seed Projects and Disciplines of Love.

For Munkhuu, discipling Mongolia means addressing corruption. He knows this brings many risks, yet he boldly and faithfully writes about the destructive consequences of corruption and helps point churches and leaders back to the Word of God via Facebook, Twitter and other online platforms.

Local sustainability housing project

Oftentimes, God calls His people to disciple their nations in unexpected ways. Munkhuu has no building experience, yet he has used a housing project to promote local sustainability.

First house

These houses are both a source of sustainable income for Munkhuu’s ministry, and a discipleship tool. Fifty non-Christians were recruited to help build the first house. In the process, some of them became Christians and began attending church.

Second house

Munkhuu and his team are creating a Kingdom culture that values truth and beauty and gives dignity to work. They model integrity, even when it threatens profits. For example, often builders in Mongolia use low-quality materials to save money. Not Munkhuu. He uses only high-quality materials. “It’s not about making a profit, it’s about the glory of God,” he says.

Despite Mongolia’s ongoing economic crisis, these houses are selling, because people are attracted to the integrity and beauty of the craftsmanship. “I believe this is the process for creating a new culture in our society,” says Munkhuu.

Discipleship at home

Munkhuu with his wife and daughter

Above all, Munkhuu recognizes that his greatest call is to his family. “Without loving my wife and family, I will make no progress to disciple Mongolia,” he says. He lives this out in practical ways: hand-washing the floors of their home, cleaning the dishes and doing laundry. Munkhuu is confident that the works of his hands empower the truths that he teaches.

Munkhuu summarizes his mission in life this way: Never stop learning. Stay humble. Choose to be faithful.

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