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Mission: Nepal 2009

Dispatches

From Kyle Austin

Kyle Austin, right, with Pastor Tej before returning to the States.

Wednesday, June 3 (6:37 p.m. ET)

“We landed.” Kyle has safely returned home to his family in Houghton, N.Y.

Tuesday, June 2 (6 p.m. ET)

Kyle is flying back to the States. “I'm in Hong Kong now,” he said. “Before I left, Pastor Tej presented me with a gift and some flowers in front of the bible students. Then he, his wife, son and I went to a restaurant for supper. I dropped them off on the way to the airport and have had no troubles at all so far. God bless!”

Tuesday, June 2 (2 a.m.  local time)

Monday was a “bund (or ban on travel and business),” Kyle reported. “Often they are accompanied by riots or protests. But aside from a few instances I heard about I think it was pretty peaceful. I ended up spending the day with three different friends here.”

Kyle begins traveling back to the U.S. on Tuesday. He is scheduled to fly out of Kathmandu at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Sunday, May 31 (10 p.m. local time)

“Last night with the kids was fun,” Kyle said, following up on Saturday’s Dispatch. “We talked for a while and then watched a kid's movie.

“This morning I taught a bible study on, you guessed it, Hebrews 12. I got back to town too late to make it to the English service.

“I met with Megh for lunch and we talked about trekking. I then went to visit a Christian youth group near the house I'm staying at. This does not sound like much, but I never stopped moving all day.”

Kyle added a prayer request the Maoist demonstration reportedly scheduled for Monday, and also Brian Smith is flying back to the States. We lift those petitions in prayer.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith …” – Hebrews 12:2

Saturday, May 30 (3 p.m. local time)

Kyle had an opportunity to share in the family devotions Friday night where he was staying in Pokara. “Then this morning I got up and on my way to Kathmandu at 4:30 arriving at 10,” he said. “I got a taxi to my church, arriving 40 minutes after it started, but easily 40 minutes before I was to share.

“I let them know that my two churches are praying for them and that Climbing For Christ is interested in how they are doing and we look forward to meeting with them again next year. I also shared the exciting things that God has allowed me to see on this trip.

“Then I said goodbye because I will not see most of them again before I go.”

Kyle’s time in Nepal is again winding down. He is staying overnight at the orphanage where he has worked, and will report on his visit there tomorrow.

Friday, May 29 (9 p.m. local time)

Kyle has been staying the past two days with some Christian workers in Pokara. Because of their concern about “a Maoist threat to any foreigners outside of the cities,” Kyle said they discouraged him from going anywhere on Thursday. So he had a rest day. “I was tired and had not yet seen Pokara, so we planned to visit a museum and see some more
(of this city of about 200,000 people located about 125 miles west of Kathmandu).” They ended up getting caught in a huge thunderstorm, which resulted in them “hanging out in a café and hole-in-the-wall restaurant” until the rain subsided and they returned to the home where Kyle was staying.

Today, Kyle and friends, including a pastor from India, set out for a village church outside Pokara. “I had asked if there would be kids and the guys I asked were not sure,” Kyle said. “But the little building was packed with kids.” The church consists of about one man, five women, and 20 children. After praise and worship singing, a local leader did a 20-minute sermon. But as he spoke, Kyle said, many of the children left. “I got frustrated, but prayed that God would not let me do or say anything I would regret while somehow getting people to see that they need to focus on the needs of the kids,” Kyle said.

“The other two guys had decided not to do a skit because we could not get the music,” Kyle said. “When this was announced I interjected that if the remaining kids could round up the other and they were willing to help I could do a skit with them.”

When most of the children returned, Kyle told the story of the fiery furnace and had the kids act it out. “It seemed like no one there had ever heard or read it,” he said. “I then gave a shortened version of my talk on Jesus walking on the water.”

Before the end of worship, Kyle asked if anyone wanted to accept Jesus as Savior. “One young lady said that she would. It was awesome. Half an hour before I had been upset because I wanted to teach kids about God, which did happen, but at the same time God's plan was to save this woman's soul. We prayed with her and the pastor talked to her about baptism, then we headed back.”

It was too late in the day for Kyle to catch a van back to Kathmandu, where he is scheduled to speak at church on Saturday. We’ll get a 4 a.m. ride and “hopefully” arrive in time for worship.

Tuesday, May 26 (12:30 p.m. ET)

Kyle arrived back in Kathmandu today, healthy but tired, a bit sore, and although covered in mosquito bites, he reported, “Today was really good.” In spite of constant rain, 38 people attended Kyle and Rajan's 'seminar' this morning in Dapbha.

Surprising even himself, Kyle spoke for 45 minutes following an hour of praise and worship. He shared his testimony, then tied it into a lesson based on Hebrews 12:1-3 and his experience in racing and mountain climbing. Rajan also spoke, and following that, “we had a really touching time of prayer and good-byes.” Afterward, the two departed for the four-hour bus trip back to Kathmandu.

Though it was very draining, the trip to Dapbha “was definitely worthwhile,” he said. “Please keep the believers in this town in your prayers — that God would keep on stoking this fire for evangelism, and that their efforts will bear much fruit.”

Monday, May 25 (8 p.m. local time)

Kyle, along with Rajan, a Bible student, continue to minister in the area of Kabre, in the town of Dapbha. They met up with a Nepali group that comes in to the town yearly to do outreach. Rajan, who is studying to be an evangelist, is helping Kyle with translating. In the morning, they held two fellowships (praise and worship) in two homes.

Kyle and Rajan also met up with two young men, Gopal and Prajwal, to visit the local school. where Prajwal attended, called Shree Dapbha Secondary School. They presented the story of the Good Samaritan to about 200 students, and then had students act out the story. Prajwal also is studying to be an evangelist.

Tomorrow's plans are to do more Bible teaching at the church with about 30 people, and in the afternoon catch the bus back to Kathmandu to prepare for a trek on Wednesday.

Sunday, May 24 (12 p.m. ET)

Kyle called to report he is now east of Kathmandu in a small town in the area of Kabre, where they have gone to minister to and encourage a church of about 50 worshippers. It took most of the day to reach their destination. Kyle asked for prayer support that the people they have traveled to share with will be excited to hear the Gospel message they will teach.

Saturday, May 23 (10 p.m. local time)

Kyle went to Nepali Church, then over to the children's home outside of town. The leader was not there, as he stayed at church for a Bible study. So Kyle played some simple games and taught tricks to the younger kids, then had a long talk with one of the older boys named Simon. “Please pray that God gives him vision and opportunity,” Kyle wrote. “I think that in a developed country he would have a lot of both, but here he feels a little like he won't find a job, whether or not he finishes school. I pressed him to make a difference, whether it's working with kids, in government, in medicine, or a regular job.” Kyle also had the kids model for him the shoes he'd brought to them earlier. Later, Kyle was reunited with a Korean missionary family he had helped in the past with their English.

On Sunday, he and one of the Bible students at the church will head out for a small village several hours away, to encourage a small church there. They plan to stay two days.

Friday, May 22 (12:30 p.m. local time)

Kyle arose early Thursday and Friday mornings to lead 6 a.m. Bible studies with about 15 of Pastor Tej's Bible students, focusing Thursday on running the good race (Hebrews 12), and on Friday, Jesus' walk on water. The rest of Thursday was spent helping move things from the church and the old children's home to the new children's home. Once the work was done, “I could not tell why one of the guys was keeping me around, and then he sprung some really tough questions on me, and we had a meaningful talk about some important things coming up in his life.”

On Friday Kyle also met up with the ladies who used to do his housecleaning, laundry and some cooking. “I had a really good talk with one of the women who's husband is Bhutanese. For the sake of her daughters she is in the process of immigrating to America, because the U.S. is accepting displaced Bhutanese. This is a very difficult time for her. Please pray that God guides her (her name is Maya), and that the process is would be as quick and painless as possible.”

Two more Didis (older sisters) came over for an English class along with the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) young men who will join Kyle next week on a trek.

Wednesday, May 20 (10 p.m. local time)

“I spent a lot of yesterday at a wedding, “ wrote Kyle. “It was good to see old friends, but it was long. I was asked to be photographer, so I was busy.” Last night he and Pastor Tej discussed options for the weekend. Kyle plans to leave with a friend from Pastor Tej's church on Sunday to visit the daughter church, about 4 hours from Kathmandu. “Pastor has a lot I can help him with here.”

Tuesday, May 19 (8:45 p.m. local time)

This morning Kyle met with Brian and Jason at Read Nepal where Brian also had another meeting. Jason has other duties that need his immediate attention, so the three will not be trekking into the Mustang together.

Kyle is waiting on the Lord for further direction regarding several opportunities that have presented themselves. As he weighs his options, he shares the following prayer requests:

  • As his friend Sharban transitions out of prison, that God would provide him with ministry opportunities when he is released.
  • Sharban's mother, Maya, is very sick with blood sugar complications. Sharban asks for prayers on her behalf. Both she and her husband are Christians.
  • For the children's home residents, who just moved to a new home and school, that they will be a shining light for Jesus in this new community.
  • For one of the children, named Rajan, who is very bright and was taken by his mother to the Tarai. Pray that God keeps him on the straight and narrow path. The home has heard nothing from him since he left.

Monday, May 18

Kyle writes: “I went with Bhakta to visit our friend in prison. I had visited him several times when I lived here. His name is Sharban, he has served 9 years of a 10-year sentence for a crime that he did commit. But in prison he found the Lord, and since then he has become a leader in the prison's Christian fellowship that meets regularly. The group includes about 100 of the 443 inmates. We talked for a long time together.

I also was able to visit the children's home where I spent a lot of time when I lived here. It was a very special time. At first the children and I were apprehensive, I think because we were all afraid that things would be different than in the past. But after much singing and dancing, it was like old times.”

Sunday, May 17 (8:30 p.m. local time, 10:45 a.m. ET)

“This morning I met an old friend named Bhaktar, who I had discipled in an English Bible study I used to attend when I lived here in Kathmandu,” reported Kyle Austin. Throughout the Bible study, he recalled, “we could hear the uproar of Young Communist League-led demonstrations.” Bhaktar and Kyle visited for a couple of hours, then it was on to another visit, this time to a youth group he used to lead, primarily made up of missionary kids (MKs) and children of other expatriates. Kyle says, “It was good to see them again. I joined them in a picture scavenger hunt, then talked with the kids and leaders afterward.”

He finished the day by going home with two of the youth who were from India and who he used to spend a lot of time with, and had supper with their family. Tonight, Kyle was busy making plans/phone calls for what he hoped would be his last day in Kathmandu before leaving to begin the Climbing For Christ trek to Mustang with Jason and Brian.

Saturday, May 16 (8:50 p.m. local time, 11:05 a.m. ET)

Kyle Austin filed this report before going out for “9 o'clock rice” with an old friend in Kathmandu:

“This morning I took a taxi across Kathmandu to SARA church because I had a duffle bag full of shoes and clothes. I got there an hour early to eat breakfast with my pastor.

“During the service everyone welcomed me back.

“I had a really good time with the kids from the children's home for two hours after the service. They are doing well and said that they would pray for me. I felt very grateful and a little guilty because I have a feeling there are a lot more prayers going up from these kids for me than the other way around. And they are the ones growing up without parents in a politically unstable little country.

“I then had lunch with my pastor and talked for a long time. He is very interested in hearing ways that he can partner with Climbing For Christ. I'll be staying with him a little later.”

After this, Kyle walked back across Kathmandu (he didn't need a taxi with “no big bag of shoes” to carry) and met some other old friends. He attended an international concert. “Guess who was singing in it? Jason!” Now it's time for 9 o'clock rice.

Saturday, May 16 (7:30 a.m. local time)

Kyle Austin met on Friday with Jason, the Kathmandu missionary who is a member of Climbing For Christ and was a participant in Mission: Nepal 2008. These two brothers in Christ determined that they will leave for Mustang on Tuesday. They will also visit an area Jason knows about that appears unreached with the Gospel to this point. This is nothing new to Kyle, who spent two years serving in Nepal, delivering the Word of God to remote villages. [CLICK HERE to read his story, “Sharing my Best Friend.”]

Thursday, May 14 (10 p.m. local time)

Kyle Austin spoke on the phone with Kathmandu missionary Jason and set up a meeting for Friday. Fellow Climbing For Christ member Brian Smith is due back Sunday in Kathmandu from working at an eye surgery camp in Solu in the Khumbu region. “They both want to go on a trek, so that's looking good,” Kyle reported from the Christian guest house where he is now staying.

“I met for quite a long time today with Ravi and (Climbing For Christ member) Megh. We had good talks. I think there's room for a partnership there.”

Ravi and Megh are heading to Mustang this weekend with a good-sized team, and Kyle, Brian and Jason might be able to catch up to them, if they can get permits. “They would like us to help them with medical clinics again,” Kyle said, referring to time our Mission: Nepal team spent with them last year in the Khumbu. “It's just a matter of timing.”

With God's timing, everything will work out as planned.

Thursday, May 14 (6:30 a.m. local time)

Megh Gurung, a Climbing For Christ member from Nepal, e-mailed on May 8 that he wanted to meet us when we were in Kathmandu. Kyle Austin called Megh on Wednesday and within 30 minutes Megh was at the hotel.

“We talked, and he said that he is going with seven Nepalese and seven U.S. people on the 18th to Pokara and the 19th to Jomsom (the capital of Mustang),” Kyle reported. “They will stay until the 24th and then return to Kathmandu.”

Megh, who met our Mission: Nepal team last year in the Khumbu, has asked us to pray for his trip to the Mustang. He has been very active in the mission field. On April 25, there was a festival near his church. Many Hindu and Buddhists were attending. “In the early morning I went to that place and rounded it seven times,” Megh said. “I claimed Joshua 1:3 ('I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses'), and then I returned home. After that our family went to church. After the church service, I took some friends and children to that spot. We passed out 1,900 different tracts, hand to hand.”

In addition to meeting with Megh on Wednesday, Kyle was able to talk to a Nepali director of a ministry in Kathmandu whom he knows and went to dinner with several co-workers from his two years serving in Nepal.

We continue to wait on the Lord to see where and how He would have this Evangelic Expedition reach those in spiritual and physical need.

Tuesday, May 12 (11:15 p.m. local time, 1:30 p.m. ET)

Kyle Austin arrived in Kathmandu, picked up his visa, and reached the hotel where he'll be staying for a few nights. He was getting ready to go to bed after traveling more than 32 hours. He will try to contact Climbing For Christ members Jason and Brian on Wednesday. Jason is a full-time missionary in Kathmandu and Brian has been in Nepal since the beginning of April.

Tuesday, May 12 (3:30 p.m. local time, 3:30 a.m. ET)

Kyle Austin was in Hong Kong. He was preparing to fly to Kathmandu, where he is scheduled to arrive at 9:25 p.m. local time (11:40 a.m. ET).

Monday, May 11

Kyle Austin has begun his travels from Rochester, N.Y. to parts unknown in Nepal, where he will prayerfully minister alongside fellow Climbing For Christ members Brian Smith and Jason L. (a full-time missionary in Kathmandu).

“The biggest thing that sticks out to me about this trip is having no idea,” Kyle said as he made final preparations to leave the United States. “But I know that God will provide ministry for us when we get there.

“Our ministry is sowing seeds. But my hope and prayer is we will also do some cultivating and reaping.”

To God be the glory!

The Word

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”
— 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NIV)

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