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Mission: Nepal 2017

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Monday, May 16

We found our good friend “Y” at the end of a 20-kilometer (about 12½-mile) hike. As we approached the area, all of the children came out to greet us. It was a great reunion and great to see everyone again. On our hike in, we met many people along the way who spoke with “m” and came to realize that we were here once again, and that we were going to keep coming back to see them. That made a huge impression on them. We will play with the children today and stay at our friend’s home tonight, then hike back out Wednesday. Everyone is well, and God is good. Read more »

Sunday, May 15

“As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” — Jesus praying to the Father about His disciples in John 17:18 We are focused again on why we are here. Jesus sent us. We are of One accord. Everybody is doing really well. When we saw our friend “D,” who is a crippled Buddhist monk living with his family in the Valley, he was walking without a limp and he could speak much better. It was incredible. The last two years he limped severely and was mute except when he chanted. We have prayed with and for him since the summer of 2009. Our &ld... Read more »

Saturday, May 14

We’ve arrived in the Valley and set up camp. Everything was really good today on the drive. It was only 12 hours all the way into the Valley, where in past years it has taken us 1 ¼ days to drive as far as we went today. Things are going really well. People have already started to come to visit our camp. The team is really tired at the end of another long day of hard travel — and the culmination of four days of travel — but we are having dinner and expect to stay up to visit with those coming to see us. Read more »

Saturday, May 14

We’ve arrived in the Valley and set up camp. Everything was really good today on the drive. It was only 12 hours all the way into the Valley, where in past years it has taken us 1 ¼ days to drive as far as we went today. Things are going really well. People have already started to come to visit our camp. The team is really tired at the end of another long day of hard travel — and the culmination of four days of travel — but we are having dinner and expect to stay up to visit with those coming to see us. Read more »

Friday, May 13

We have arrived in the town that is about the midway point in our ground travel to the Valley. The trip today was good. We ended up being stuck in traffic for three hours due to the usual road construction and we think a landslide. There were also many “stops” with people checking information, but we passed right through every one. We still arrived here at a decent hour. The owners of the guest house where we are staying tonight have been extremely generous and are making our stay very welcome. We just ate dinner and are now playing a local game. On Saturday, we will continue wi... Read more »

Thursday, May 12

“We have arrived. We are here. Everybody is doing really good, but we're super tired.” The team traveled by air from very early Wednesday morning to Thursday afternoon to reach its entry point. After getting some sleep, they will set out Friday morning by land to the first overnight stop on the itinerary. Read more »

Tuesday, May 10

Our Mission: Peru and Mission: Possible 6 teams met in Los Angeles on Monday for a day of training today in preparation for these two Evangelic Expeditions. After enjoying dinner and fellowship Monday night, seven team members from three time zones in North America dug into the Word and teachings that will be applied to respective trips. We opened with the first of two weeks of daily devotionals and prayer. We then watched Louie Giglio’s study “God’s Passion for God’s Glorification” before an extended C4C teaching on one of the world’s religions about to ... Read more »

Trip Report: God's plan for Nepal

The tract read, “Are you 100 percent sure? What if you die today? Will you go to heaven?” Our companions, young church leaders from the young church at Dapcha, eagerly handed them out as we walked around their village in Central Nepal. Nearly all who received it were Hindu or Buddhist. To them, death leads to reincarnation — a cycle that continues until you’ve had enough good karma to be freed from rebirth after rebirth. Church leaders spreading the Word on the streets of Dapcha. “I liked spending time with the church leaders and attempting to grasp their... Read more »

Friday, Jan. 14

Frenetic crowds on the streets of Kathmandu. Our short-term time draws to a close as Kyle and I prepare to return to the States. Kyle has been catching up with friends made during his two years of working here. Alyssa and I navigated the streets she has learned to call home away from her Wyoming home. She had been in Nepal volunteering as a teacher for four months before our arrival and she’ll be staying on another couple of weeks. God has a plan for Climbing For Christ’s long-term work here. As we ministered together earlier in the week, Pastor Tej asked: “So what is y... Read more »

Thursday, Jan. 13

We met with another ministry leader for Nepali coffee, breakfast, and fellowship in Kathmandu. We talked about reaching the unreached with the Gospel of Christ in remote areas of this country. There are many good trekking opportunities that could be combined with church visits and medical clinics in 2012 if the Lord of the harvest sends us the workers that are needed. In many places “it’s not about God (or the gods the people worship); it’s about the culture,” our ministry-leading friend said. Hinduism and Buddhism are a way of life in Nepal. Rebirth (or reincarnatio... Read more »

Wednesday, Jan. 12

Megh Gurung, a Nepali C4C member who leads a church in Kathmandu and works as a trekking guide, met with us to discuss ministry. Megh was part of a team that our Mission: Nepal 2008 expedition partnered with to do some medical clinics in the Everest region. He is working on building a church in Dadathok in the Midwestern Rolpa district. He asked for our prayers as he seeks God’s provision of US$1,000 for the land and $3,500 for construction costs. There are about 35 believers in the village in a strong Hindu area. We had dinner at Pastor Tej’s home. His wife made us the Nepali s... Read more »

Tuesday, Jan. 11

The Dapcha church leaders – Kristshna Lama, 36; Gopal Nepali, 18, and Prajwal Pariyar, 16 – became our newest members of Climbing For Christ. We prayed together as a group on the church-building site before Kyle, Pastor Tej, Alyssa and I headed back to Kathmandu in the afternoon. The leaders blessed us with gifts before we left. “They are so happy you came,” Pastor Tej said. “They say “‘thanks.’” But it was we who are so thankful to them. Kristshna came to Christ in 2006 and started the church at Dapcha shortly thereafter. They starte... Read more »

Monday, Jan. 10

More progress to report on the church build. Praise the Lord! A foundation was laid for a bathroom (two toilets) that will be separate from the church. It will take about two weeks to complete. Work was interrupted by the arrival of a woman, a member of the church, who was delirious with fever. I prayed for her with the three church leaders, and later Kyle prayed with her as well. She was improving. We asked if it was the medicine they'd given her. “No,” they said, “it was the prayer.” One day, Pastor Tej envisions a health clinic as part of the church complex. SA... Read more »

Sunday, Jan. 9

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. We only shoveled ... Read more »

Saturday, Jan. 8

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 »

Friday, Jan. 7

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 »

Thursday, Jan. 6

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 »

Wednesday, Jan. 5

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. Read more »

Monday, Jan. 3

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 »

Letter on Invitation

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 »

Kham in the Storm

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 »

Mission: Possible 6

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.” When... Read more »

Church Build in Dapcha

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 »

Country: Nepal

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 »

Serving a patient God in Nepal

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 »
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