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Kyle Austin

Age: 24. Residence: Syracuse, N.Y., USA. Personal: Married to Jessica Austin. Occupation: Student and FedEx package handler. Church(es): Houghton (N.Y.) and Long Lake (N.Y.) Wesleyan. Missions with C4C: Fifth. (Kyle was part of Climbing For Christ's inaugural Evangelic Expedition in April 2005, when he was a high school senior.)

How long have you climbed? Since 2005. Type of climbing you do: trekking aka “walking on the edge of eternity.” Highlight of climbing career: The passes in the Everest area.

How long have you been a Christian? 20 years. I accepted Jesus around the age of 4 by myself then told my mother. I was baptized around the age of 10 and finally struggled with my faith and made it my own the last three years of high school, during which time I went forward at a rally that called kids towards missions and promptly forgot about it. When I did not know what I wanted to do after school I decided I’d let God chose and ended up in Nepal as a missionary for two years, during which I grew very reliant on Jesus’ faithfulness.

Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Currently my short term missions with Climbing For Christ are the only ministries I contribute to, although I am ministered to through a campus Bible study and two churches.

Favorite Scripture verse: Hebrews 12. I am an aspiring marathoner and feel that spiritual endurance is key to finishing the “race” of life on the terms we want (and God expects) just like a distance.

Special “God moment” you'd like to share: When I lived in Nepal I was doing one of my evangelical treks, in the foothills region and was showing a couple of men the gospels I had with me. One of them started arguing against proselytizing and Christianity. I was frustrated, but God gave me peace and language mastery that I rarely possessed and I was able to explain what makes Jesus special very clearly. While I was talking a crowd gathered. I feel like a lot of people were introduced to Jesus’ love that evening and I felt like I was an observer.

What does Climbing For Christ mean to you? Going were others don’t! Everyone should get to hear about Jesus, and we are equipped to bring it were others are not.

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