Of all the staff members at ERBC, Solongo Jacobsen gets the award for traveling the farthest to get here. She came from the other side of the world, from the country of Mongolia. She first heard about the Lord when South Korean missionaries came to her village when she was 16, and she accepted the Lord as her Savior a year later when New Zealander missionaries taught her English. Within a year of starting to learn the language, Solongo was serving as interpreter for the missionaries in prison ministries and translating their Bible materials from English to Mongolian.
A mere two years after she began learning English, Solongo took the courageous step of coming to the U.S. to attend Vanguard University, where she majored in business administration. Interestingly, her first introduction to ERBC was during her first year in the States when a college friend introduced her to ERBC missionaries Jack and Faith Cowell. And of all the countries they could be serving, they lived in Mongolia! It was a nice taste of home. After finishing her B.A. at VU, Solongo discovered that accounting, her least favorite class in the business program, was actually pretty fun when she did it in real life! So she enrolled at National University and earned her MBA with an emphasis in accountancy.
After working several accounting jobs, in 2007, Solongo took a step of faith and quit a job with an unhealthy environment without having another job lined up. God rewarded that faith by dropping the job of accountant at ERBC in her lap. The church had been looking for over a year (unsuccessfully) for an accountant to hire, and Solongo was an accountant now looking for a job. It was the perfect fit. Solongo has worked for ERBC as the accountant ever since, with time out to give birth to her four children. With no extended family in the U.S., Solongo has come to look at the people of ERBC as her true extended family and loves working at the church.
Fun Fact #1:
In 2009, Solongo married her love, Bryce Jacobsen, at the beautiful chapel on the Vanguard University campus, and Pastor Rick Mandl officiated at the ceremony.
Fun fact #2:
The name Solongo means rainbow in her native language of Mongolian.