A woman laborer hauls rocks in a basket for masons to build a retaining wall.
We went to work on the physical building of the church at Dapcha, taking up shovels, Nepali picks, and moving rocks in baskets they strap to their heads. These are the simple tools being used by church members and a few laborers who earn US$4-7 per day. In one day, the handful of workers toiling in the warm sun and cool air cleared away a large part of the side of a hill and continued building a rock retaining wall to anchor the church.
Of course, this is a church that is built on The Rock.
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Worship at the church at Dapcha.
We worshipped with more than 60 brothers and sisters in Christ at the church at Dapcha. Church services are held in Nepal on Saturday; this is the national day of rest. Our worship was led by a team of eight, all of whom are age 18 and younger, and all of whom display an incredible passion for the Lord.
I preached on the “full armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10-18). God prepared this message in a Bible study on persecution we have been doing in Western New York. It was a passaage of Scripture divindely selected by my pastor for my commissioning bef... Read more »
We made the 100-kilometer drive from Kathmandu to the hilly region where Dapcha is located in a rented Jeep. Members of the church and hired laborers were at work clearing the land where the church building will be constructed. They have been leveling the land for the past week and there remains much work to do. But there also remains funds to raise. The church will be located in the heart of the village on a perch looking out at the majestic Himalayas.
We met the three church leaders who have trained at Pastor Tej's central church in Kathmandu. One was beaten by Maoists who attacked the ol... Read more »
We spent the day visiting Hindu and Buddhist shrines as well as Pastor Tej’s main church and orphanage in Kathmandu. His SARA Church on the Rock has 15 churches: four in Kathmandu Valley and 11 in other parts of Nepal, including Dapcha, where we are going on Friday.
There has been some opposition to the church. In one location, Pakdol, the pastor was beaten and fled to the main church in Kathmandu for two months. He has returned to Pakdol, however, and the church is growing. There is an increasing Hindu fanaticism as some believe Nepal should be reinstated as the Hindu kingdom it was ... Read more »
Kyle and I arrived in Kathmandu after about 35 hours of travel (half in the air and half for layovers) from our respective homes in New York. We were greated by Pastor Tej and Alyssa at the airport. Tej said a prayer of thanks for our safe arrival. “I welcome you in the name of Jesus. God may give you a blessed journey,” Tej said. We are all eager to see what work God has for us.
The team comes together: (left to right) Alyssa, Kyle, Tej and Gary.
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It is that exciting time: the beginning of another Evangelic Expedition. This is Climbing For Christ's third mission to Nepal. It is a wonder to see how God has woven this mission together.
As Pastor Tej Rokka of SARA Church On the Rock, our ministry partner in Kathmandu and a member of C4C, said recently: “It is a miracle God did in the life of SARA Church On the Rock Kathmandu. God brought brother Kyle (Austin, an American C4C member and multi-expedition member who served for two years in Nepal) and connected me with brother Gary for this wonderful plan of God. We were praying to pu... Read more »
Pastor Tej, left, with Kyle Austin.
Pastor Tej B. Rokka of the SARA Church on the Rock writes to fellow Climbing For Christ members:
“I invite you all to come to Nepal any time God opens doors for you. Our church is on the mission to preach the Gospel and make disciples to do the same where there is no church and where there is no easy access.
“I am pleased and thankful to God for connecting me with brother Gary and Climbing For Christ through brother Kyle Austin, who used to attend my church while he was in Nepal. Nepal is mountainous country, including all top mountains ... Read more »
Tibetan Buddhism a way of life, but not The Way
Faster than you can say the greeting, “Tah-shi de-leh,” the Tibetan wants to know if you have met the Dalai Lama.
When you have come from the outside world, where their beloved Dalai Lama lives in exile, you are greeted with questions. Forget the language barrier. Curiosity finds a way to communicate. “Have you seen him?”
“The people would die for the Dalai Lama,” says our Tibetan translator, who is a Christian. “It is very serious to them.”
The Dalai Lama’s photograph adorns the p... Read more »
Ministry for the bold and adventurous! Go where people have never heard the name of Jesus. We are returning to a place we have visited on two previous Evangelic Expeditions and where our “m” now works to continue building relationships.
“I have shared some more of the Gospel and explained the (discipleship) guide (we have developed in their native language),” our “m” said after visiting one of our semi-nomadic friends. “It was a nice talk and he is interested, but still have some more distance to trust. He welcomed you to visit again.”
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Pastor Tej visiting the site of a future church build in central Nepal.
Climbing For Christ wired money to Pastor Tej B. Rokka in Nepal on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009 for the purchase of land (photo above) in the mountain village of Dapcha, where a church will be constructed in 2011. There is a population of about 30,000 people in this area and this will be the first Christian church.
Pastor Tej's SARA church in Katmandu had raised US$900 to buy land, but still needed US$4,100. “We are praying to buy this land and build a church,” Pastor Tej said in early September 2009. Climbing... Read more »
Sun rising behind Mount Everest, left, with Nuptse to the right.
(Photo by Jim Nowlin, Mission: Nepal 2008)
Location: Southern Asia between China and India. Area: 147,181 square kilometers (slightly larger than Arkansas). Terrain: Central hill region and Himalayan mountains in the north. Highest point: Mount Everest (8850 meters).
Population: 28.5 million (July 2009 estimate). Life expectancy: 65.46 years.
Katmandu. (Photo by Jim Nowlin, Mission: Nepal 2008)
Government: Nepal is a federal democratic republic. The country has been independent since 1768. Katmandu is the nation's ca... Read more »
I went into Mission: Nepal in May 2009 acknowledging that its success was in God’s hands. But my conviction of this was tested throughout the journey as God continued to teach me to have faith in and reliance on Him.
He also challenged me to increase my patience while waiting for the humans required to do the ministry.
I realized that these lessons were probably part of God’s agenda for me about a week into the trip. I was waiting for a landlady who had changed a lock on us, when we were trying to deliver a huge (and heavy) water filter in Kathmandu. She told us – and o... Read more »
The Hollywood-ization of Buddhism would have you believe that it is a religion of peace, love and virtues, caring for the earth and the creatures in it. “Buddhists look to a smiling Buddha seated on a lotus blossom, while Christians worship a suffering Jesus nailed to a cross,” one Christian analyst wrote.
But the dark side of Buddhism is found in its temples and monasteries, and in its sacred paintings, symbols, and ceremonies. Many have never seen these ominous signs, while others (such as 386 million Buddhists in the world) have been blinded to the lies.
In a temple in Chi... Read more »
People: Kham Tibetan (also known as Eastern, Northern and Western Khampa).
Location: Kham Tibetans are spread among four Chinese provinces. As many Kham are thought to live in the Sichuan, Qinghai and Yunnan as in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR). There is a large concentration of Kham people in the western Sichuan, living as far east as the city of Kangding.
Population: There are more than 1.5 million Khampa with the Eastern Khampa forming the largest sub-group (1.2 million). The Kham are the largest of the three major Tibetan people groups (the other two groups are Am... Read more »