COVID-19 cases in Mongolia have also increased rapidly since the beginning of April 2021. Despite strict lockdown measures by the government, the virus has spread at an alarming rate throughout all 21 provinces. The death toll continues to rise and hospitals are overwhelmed. Many medical staff have contracted the virus making the situation even more critical.
In addition, the stress of lockdown and isolation will be a trigger for many emotional issues within Mongolian families. Domestic violence and alcohol abuse have been problematic in Mongolia for many years and situations can escalate quickly. Our on-air and online support for families must continue.
Whilst, the team in Mongolia is working remotely from home studios and cannot meet listeners face-to-face, they have been incredibly creative in sourcing ways to maintain a constant connection with them. Even amid lockdown, they are producing new livestream programs and inspirational shows. Each day, they broadcast health and safety messages, and provide on-air counselling and family and relationship advice.
Mongolian Chairman Batjargal Tuvshintsengel shares:
“These are truly testing times, local businesses have faced bankruptcy, and families are under enormous stress with almost half a million now unemployed. Yet we have the hope that much of this world doesn’t have and we are committed to sharing it in practical ways.
As the words of Habakkuk 3:17-18 remind us -
"Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Saviour."
We thank you dear friends for remembering and supporting us during this time.”