Since Enkhtaivan Enkhsumya, who goes simply by Sumya, accepted Christ as a cadet, he has followed God’s leading to help share the gospel with members of the military in Mongolia.
“My passion is to share God’s love, His truth, with military people,” the 29-year-old said. “My passion came because my grandparents and some of my relatives are in the military, and I graduated with a degree in National Defense.”
When Sumya graduated from college in 2009, he had a decision to make. He could choose to go into full-time ministry or commit to working in the military full-time.
“I felt God’s calling to serve,” Sumya said. “I have seen Mongolian people arrested and living in prison. They don’t know the truth. They don’t know the purpose of life. They were like sheep without a shepherd.”
Sumya began to cry out to God that his people would know Jesus Christ. He began to pray about what he could do. That’s when he heard God’s clear calling to serve, through Isaiah 61:1:
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”
He decided not to serve in the Army and now serves as the leader of the military ministry in Mongolia.
“Transforming someone’s life when they make the decision to follow God’s way gives me joy,” Sumya said. “That joy always confirms my calling.”
Sumya’s first disciple was his first lieutenant. He was a first-year cadet when Sumya shared the Four Spiritual Laws booklet with him. After that conversation, the first lieutenant accepted Christ.
“He was totally changed,” Sumya said of the then-shy cadet who had been a victim of bullying. “He realized his position in God. He is a kingdom leader with joy and passion. He is a very strong, bold military man for the Lord now.”
Sumya’s influence has not stayed within Mongolia. His disciples–cadets, young officers, senior officers, generals and members of NGOs–have influenced military efforts in other countries as well.
In ministering to anyone, Sumya finds there is one key. “The Spirit-filled life is most critical,” Sumya said. “This is God’s ministry. It must be from God’s unconditional love. We must surrender daily and serve with His Spirit.”
Sumya’s availability to God has made him an instrument of change in his country and beyond.
-by Angel McCurdy