About Among Foundation
On a chilly November evening in 1991, the late Dr. Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ met with about 30 people from various churches in Sioux Falls, SD. Dr. Bright challenged these people to participate in Campus Crusade’s efforts to carry out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ by “adopting” Mongolia as the nation on which the Sioux Falls group could focus their efforts. Mongolia had just experienced a democratic revolution freeing it from 70 years of Soviet domination. The Gospel of Christ could now be shared in the country. Later that year, a 23-person delegation from Sioux Falls premiered the JESUS film to 350 government leaders in Mongolia. Within days, AMONG was asked to help these leaders rewrite their Constitution in order to guarantee religious freedom, which had been absent from their Constitutional considerations before that.
Statement of FaithWe Believethe Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. We Believethat there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We Believein the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. We Believethat for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. We Believein the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. We Believein the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. We Believein the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
AMONG is the America-Mongolia Foundation. Our mission is to reach every Mongolian-speaking person on earth with the love of Christ. The Mongolian Church, now numbering around 45,000 believers, or 2.2% of the population, has established a visionary goal: to grow the Church to 10% of the population by 2020. The effort will require that the number of believers triple over the next seven years. Our vision, as Among Mongolia, is to help significantly in the realization of this goal in four important ways:
1) to expose the people to God’s word—the Gospel;
2) to lead people to the local church;
3) to equip the church with media tools;
4) to be the voice of righteousness.
Board of DirectorsOur directors bring a vast range of expertise and experience to the oversight and decision making role of the board.
Greg Bertsch became a member of the board in February 2012. His relevant experience includes leadership responsibilities in both large and small companies, and has spent a significant amount of time doing business internationally including Asia. Mr. Bertsch is also an adjunct professor at The University of South Dakota teaching Operations Management courses. As a charter member of Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, Mr. Bertsch has held several positions on the Leadership Team, and currently serves in the Praise Band.
Kent Larsen is a retired architect, having worked on the design and construction industry for 40 years. He has served as interim pastor, worship leader, deacon, and chairman of the deacon board and on building committees for several of his home churches. He and wife Barbara have served on the AMONG Board for over 10 years.
Barbara Larsen is the retired founder of the Design Center, a commercial interior design firm specializing in hospital design. Barbara has authored a women’s study in Genesis and has led numerous Bible studies. She and her husband, Kent, have three married children and ten grandchildren.
Craig Lawrence has served in several ministry positions while at the same time operating his marketing firm, Lawrence & Schiller, Inc. He was selected by President Reagan as Media Chair for the Year of the Bible in 1983, served as Communications Director and was a member of the President’s Council of Campus Crusade for Christ in the mid-80’s, and was Campus Crusade’s Chief Development Officer from 2002-2007. He serves today as Chairman Of History’s Handful, a ministry helping people discover the adventure and Joy of giving sacrificially to Christ’s Great Commission. He founded the America-Mongolia (AMONG) Foundation in 1992.
Dwight Wollman is a retired television broadcast engineer with over 40 years of experience. In 1995 he engineered and constructed the studio complex for Eagle Television in a 40 foot semi-trailer in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The trailer was then shipped to the capital Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar where Dwight and Dave Naasz met to complete the installation. He has made six additional trips to Mongolia for equipment upgrades and maintenance.
Jon has worked as an art director at Paulsen Marketing since 2005. Jon is the youngest son of missionary parents and feels fortunate to have been raised with the gospel. Jon serves his church as a youth leader and the community as a Cub Scout leader. He has a wife, Sarah; son, Isaac; and two daughters, Anna and Kaelynn. Jon traveled to Mongolia with AMONG in 2016 and is honored to now serve on the board.
Randy Anderson has been pastor of the First Evangelical Free Church for almost 27 years. Previously he pastored the Center Grove Evangelical Free Church in rural Alta Iowa. He is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MDiv), Judson College (BA) and Moody Bible Institute (Diploma in Bible and Theology). He has served on the AMONG Board for almost 22 years.
Randy J. Rehling is a Financial Counselor & Educator for the Center for Financial Resources / Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota. He previously worked in Banking and Customer Service industries for over 33 years. He has also served on the Executive Committees, Task Force Groups and numerous committees within his churches. In 2011, he and his wife Karen were Founding Members of King of Glory Church (NALC) in Sioux Falls, SD. He has been on the AMONG Board since 1995.
2015Among Mongolia is awarded the International Television Ministry Award by the National Religious Broadcasters.
2014Two Moms, Ten Kids is produced and aired. The first Among Mongolia studio production to be sold to another network.
2012Steppe-by-steppe adopts Timothy Leadership Training discipleship method. Among Mongolia prints and distributes Children’s Illustrated Bible Story Book. Mongolian content programs are produced.
2011The independent Mongolian Christian TV & Media Ministry, “Among Mongolia” is established.
2007Steppe-by-Steppe is established.
1999Media Production Department begins production.
1996Eagle TV begins producing and broadcasting local and national news programs daily. Begins airing Superbook, a Christian children’s program.
1995Eagle TV begins broadcasting international news.
1994Eagle TV, the first independent TV station is established in Mongolia, at the request of B. Batbayar and other new democratic leaders.
1991Bill Bright meets with and challenges Sioux Falls believers to join Cru’s efforts in Mongolia.