Thank you, UlaanBaatar, and good night!

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Just finished meeting with the team from UNTIL, the ministry here in Mongolia who hosted our tour. Great people, great experiences. And while our week of gigs in South Korea awaits, it's bittersweet to leave. We've seen some great stuff happen here, so here's the recap. We and UNTIL partnered with several other ministries while we were here. We did a show with Campus Life, a student ministry. We did a show for people connected to a medical mission which was taped and will be shown on national cable TV. We did a show for a ministry to teachers. We played in a remote prison. We did a gig inside a military base to officers and soldiers. Aside from concert outreaches, we worked with the guys at UNTIL on another…
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Asian mid-tour update

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We’ve been in Mongolia for over a week now. We've been to a remote prison. We've played 6 concerts. We've done training classes on how we do our outreaches. We've learned how to negotiate in the market, gotten stuck in an elevator for half an hour, and found a favorite restaurant where we can eat for under $2 (U.S.). And, we've seen over 100 people change their eternal mail-forwarding address. And that was just at one show. Our first concert was open to the public and was attended mostly by students, but there were many families and adults as well. We have now learned from the staff here that over 400 people attended the show, 199 filled out comment cards, and over 100 students indicated a new decision to begin…
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blue sky nine goes to prison in Mongolia…

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So we leave UlaanBaatar (the accents are on the 'aa' syllables) and head out on a 3.5 hour drive to the village of Dzuunharaa, where there is a prison where we're playing. 45 minutes of the drive was on a dirt road through the steppe that I can only compare to the Santa Fe Trail. Seriously, I am no longer certain all my internal organs are working properly from the bumpy ride. Like any international gig, there are transportation issues, and we are scrambling to get set up quickly because we are a couple of hours behind 'schedule'. That normally wouldn't matter as much, but this is a prison, and they are a little strict. And armed. So we set up, do the gig, and we tell them about the…
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Mongolian taxis and other oddities

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So we get on the ground here in UlaanBaatar (the 'aa' syllables get the accent), we meet with the team that has brought us in for concerts, have a briefing meeting, and head out to dinner. Adam and I are going to catch a taxi with Oyuka and Odko, two women on the Mongolian team whose full names are lyrical and beautiful when they pronounce them, ungraceful when I say them, and awful to figure how how to spell.  (Sorry, gals...) Anyway, we go to catch a taxi. Now, I have been in some of the largest cities in the world (Seoul, New York, Istanbul, Cairo, etc) and catching a taxi is no big deal. But as we stand on the street corner, Oyuka starts waving at random cars driving by that don't appear (by any standard)…
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