History of SCI
The Trust was registered in the United Kingdom in 1988.
The work has focused on the unreached, because God made that need clear through His written word in 1968. The apostle Paul said: `It has always been my
ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else's foundation. Rather, as it is written:
“Those who were not told about him will see,
and those who have not heard will understand.”
This is why I have often been hindered from coming to you’.
(Romans 15.20-22 NIV)
The vision, given with deep conviction, was that the work of the extension of the Kingdom of God should begin in Mongolia, where people had not yet heard of Christ.
The Mongolian work had already begun in 1971. When the first journey to Mongolia took place in 1972, people there had literally never heard the name of
Jesus Christ. There were no believers at all, and therefore no church anywhere in Mongolia. God enabled the following:
- 1972 First book of the Bible (Mark) translated into Mongolian, in Mongolia itself
- 1978 First Mongolian turns to Jesus Christ
- 1979 First part of the New Testament (about half of it) appeared in print and was brought into Mongolia
- 1980 First arrest of Christians in Mongolia
- 1982 First tract in Mongolian translated, printed and distributed by YWAM in Mongolia, followed by the arrest of three of those who did it. This led to an
interest in the Bible amongst Mongolians. Almost no interest at all had existed prior to that event.
- 1984 People in the UK fasted and prayed that the spiritual roots of the control system that Mongolians of the 13th century had introduced to
what came to be known as the Warsaw Pact countries and the "communist countries" of Asia, would be removed by God. The Mongols in the 13th century destroyed
a democratic rule in Kiev, which was the capital of Russia. They ruled Russia for 450 years. They were the only Asian people to rule any part of Europe.
They introduced the central control of people and of religion. The prayer meeting took place in Kensington, London and focused on the removal of the
central control of the USSR of people, minds and religion, so that it should be open to the Gospel. Another prayer meeting was held by the University of
Leeds' Christian Union, which prayed that the then leader of Mongolia would be removed. The BBC announced a few days later that after 40 years,
Yumjaagiin Tsedenbal had fallen from power.
- 1988 SCI registered as a charitable Trust in the UK
- 1990 In June, the SCI entity, a Christian based aid organisation, “International Support Service” was formed in Mongolia and the first aid shipment took place.
- 1990 In August, Mongolia became the then VERY LAST nation on earth to receive the whole New Testament in its national language. The whole New Testament in Mongolian was published by the United Bible Societies and rolled off the press in Hong Kong just 13 days after the very first free elections took place in Mongolia. Various Mongolians, all unbelievers, assisted in legally and openly importing these New Testaments into Mongolia.
- 1990 On 9th September, the first group of Mongolians started weekly Christian meetings in Mongolia
- 1990 In December, “Bible Society of Mongolia” was first declared in Mongolia.