Above: The faithful celebrating Pascha in Ulaan Baatar.


Христос амилав! Christ is Risen!

Anda. A powerful bond. A sacrificial pledge and an expression of unending love and protection.

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Chingis-KhanTemujin [Chingis Khan] and Jamugha pitched their tents in the Khorkonagh Valley. With their people united in one great camp, the two leaders decided they should renew their friendship, their pledge of anda. They remembered when they’d first made that pledge, and said, “We should love one another again.” … So Temujin and Jamughasaid said to each other: “We’ve heard the elders say, ‘When two men becomeanda their lives become one. One will never desert the other and will always defend him.’ This is the way we’ll act from now on. We’ll renew our old pledge and love each other forever.”

Temujin took the golden belt he’d received in the spoils from Toghtoga’s defeat and placed it around Anda Jamugha’s waist. Then he led out the Merkid chief’s warhorse, a light yellow mare with black mane and tail, and gave it to Anda Jamugha to ride. Jamugha took the golden belt he’d received in the spoils from Dayir Usun’s defeat and placed it around the waist of AndaTemujin. Then he led out the whitish-tan warhorse of Dayir Usun and had Anda Temujin ride on it. Before the cliffs of Khuldaghar in the Khorkhonagh Valley, beneath the Great Branching Tree of the Mongol, they pledged their friendship and promised to love one another. They held a feast on the spot and there was great celebration. Temujin and Jamugha spent that night alone, sharing one blanket to cover them both.
The Secret History of the Mongols. Adaptation by Paul Kahn (p.40-41)

Anda. A powerful bond. A sacrificial pledge and an expression of unending love and protection. Temujin and Jamugha in all their power struggles against each other sought to uphold this bond, even in imperfection and seeming betrayal, throughout their lives.

God, the I AM, made anda with his chosen people Israel and always perfectly upheld his pledge of love and protection even when His people failed Him over and over. God, in the person of Jesus, renews anda with all men and offers a powerful bond to all who trust in Him. He brings gifts of eternal life, sonship, and true union. Can we offer gifts of faith, worship, and good works in return? Offering ourselves in baptism is our entrance into anda, eternal fellowship and love, with God. Let us be reminded what God promises us in the words of the Baptismal Service:

But You, O Master of All, declare this water to be water of redemption, water of sanctification, a cleansing of flesh and spirit, a loosing of bonds, a forgiveness of sins, an illumination of soul, a laver of regeneration, a renewal of the spirit, a gift of sonship, a garment of incorruption, a fountain of life. For You have said, O Lord: “Wash, and be clean; put away evil from your souls.”

That, being planted in the likeness of Your death through Baptism, he/she may become a sharer of Your Resurrection; and, preserving the Gift of Your Holy Spirit, and increasing the deposit of Grace, he/she may attain unto prize of his/her high calling, and accounted among the number of the first-born, whose names are written in Heaven, in You our God and Lord Jesus Christ, to Whom be all Glory and Might, together with Your Eternal Father and with Your All; Holy, Good, and Life; creating Spirit, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages.

May the true Chingis Khan (Supreme King), Jesus Christ, bless you, once again renew anda with you, and invite you into His eternal feast of great celebration!

Because of Christ’s Love,
Chris & Jen

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Chris and Jen Moore

Chris and Jen Moore are missionary candidates with OCMC looking to serve as full-time career missionaries in Mongolia. Both are Indiana natives (Fort Wayne and Kokomo, respectively) who were raised in Christian households. They each studied (and met) at Butler University in Indianapolis, where in 2004 Chris received a degree in music theory and composition and Jen a degree in English literature and composition. In 2005, Chris accepted a position at Evangelical Baptist Missions (EBM), assisting missionaries with visas and short-term insurance. Meanwhile, Jen taught English at a secondary school in Ukraine through the Peace Corps, returning at the end of 2006. After their marriage in 2007, the couple returned to Ukraine where they worked for a year at a seminary teaching music and English, respectively. After returning to the States, Chris returned to EBM for a year and a half before pursuing music teaching full time. He teaches saxophone lessons to middle school, high school, and college students. Jen began working at a private secondary school designed for students with high-functioning autism and teaches primarily math, along with some literature and social and life skills. Chris and Jen began attending St. John the Forerunner Orthodox Church in Indianapolis in 2009, where they were catechized and then chrismated in January 2011. After participating in a summer mission trip with OCMC to Albania in 2011, Chris and Jen decided to pursue full-time missionary service with OCMC. They are excited about new opportunities to come alongside the Church in Mongolia, and with God’s grace will serve under the local priest there. They plan to take a survey trip to Mongolia this summer and hope by God's grace and through the help of committed supporters to be on the field full term by the end of 2013.