In the year A.D. 1266, two Italian merchantmen named Niccolò and Maffeo Polo visited the court of the great Kublai Khan, the leader of the Mongol Yuan dynasty, at Dadu, present day Beijing, China. Impressed by his encounter with the men, the Great Khan asked them to return home with a letter requesting 100 educated people to come back and teach Christianity and western customs to his people. Niccolò took the request and returned home to Venice. He then brought his 17-year-old son, Marco, with him on his journey back to Asia and the “Land of the Blue Sky”—Mongolia.
Fast forward 750 years. Mongolia is now a nation of 3 million people, with the majority either Buddhist or non-religious. As for Christianity? Only about three percent of the population claims the faith of the Bible. It would seem that Kublai Khan’s desire has never truly been fulfilled. Khan could never have guessed, however, that It Is Written would be responding to the call to bring 100 Christians to Mongolia in 2017. You can be part of fulfilling this ancient request.