What Are the Odds?
Next time you can’t resist the urge to jump in puddles during a thunderstorm, just remember you have a 1 in 12,000 chance of being struck by lightning in your lifetime, according to the United States National Weather Service. Whether you find this comforting or concerning, consider this: the odds of meeting a Seventh-day Adventist in Mongolia are 1 in 1,438. You may be more than ten times as likely to find an Adventist in Mongolia than you are to need to dodge a lightning bolt, but it would still seem as though you were searching for a needle in a haystack.
When we are confronted with seemingly insurmountable challenges, we may quickly assume we stand no chance of success. With so few Adventists in Mongolia, how will the rest of its citizens ever hear the message of salvation? It will require nothing short of a miracle, the kind of phenomenon that could squeeze a camel through the eye of a needle. Jesus said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27). Because when God is at work, even improbabilities are in His favor.
The Mongolian Missionary
Deegii’s mother was baptized into the Adventist church in 2006 as a result of the continuing work of Adventist missions in Mongolia. With her newfound faith and study came a desire for her son to receive a Seventh-day Adventist education. With a strong belief in the God who can move mountains she began to pray and research opportunities. She discovered the Harbert Hills Academy website and applied for Deegii to attend school on its campus in Tennessee. Due to her limited resources, she needed scholarship assistance, as well as a place where Deegii could earn a good portion of his own tuition. Soon she excitedly received an acceptance letter and began the process of obtaining a visa and getting everything ready to send her son.
In 2009, at the age of 14, Deegii traveled from Mongolia to attend school at Harbert Hills Academy. With little English language skills, he arrived at the airport in Nashville and was picked up by Mr. Dee in his little red truck. It didn’t take long for Deegii to form lasting friendships and master the English language.
During his stay at Harbert Hills Academy, Deegii matured in many ways. He was trained as a certified nurse assistant in the Harbert Hills Nursing Home, learning valuable work skills and gaining experience for the real world. Through the Bible classes, chapels, church services, and personal study, he made a decision for baptism. Deegii believes that Harbert Hills was instrumental in preparing him for success as he moved on to college.
After completing a 2-year degree in business management, Deegii applied to return to Harbert Hills Academy as assistant boys’ dean. Deegii summed up his feelings when he said, “I was blessed by my experience at Harbert Hills Academy and would like to have the opportunity to impact the lives of other students.” One of the young people whose life he will have the opportunity to impact is his younger brother, who has just arrived from Mongolia to attend Harbert Hills Academy.
God led Deegii down a path he could never have paved for himself. Thanks to the missionaries who shared Jesus with his mother a decade ago, he now has a mission of his own.is the president of Harbert Hills Academy, an OCI member ministry in Tennessee, USA. To find out more, click here to go to the OCI website.
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