HASTEN International Mission was founded as Revolutionary Life International in 2008 by Dustan and Darlene Stanley, a married couple who just wanted to tell the world about Jesus. Thirty-four nations later, they are still telling as many people as they can about Jesus, and they have growing ministry works in Nepal and the USA.
A Brief Version of Our History
On May 1st, 2008, Dustan and Darlene left a full-time position at a local church to start Revolutionary Life International. Dustan & Darlene gave nearly everything they owned away and prepared for their first missionary journey.
Later in 2008, Dustan and Darlene took fourteen months to travel around the world and preach the Gospel. During this time, the Lord fully cemented the dream of HASTEN into Dustan & Darlene’s heart – a dream to fight for the souls of the unreached and to do everything within their power to see modern slavery abolished.
From that point forward till today, Dustan and Darlene continue to travel from nation to nation preaching the Gospel.
In 2010, Dustan & Darlene led a team for six months to Southeast Asia, where they preached the Gospel to many who had never heard of Jesus, from prostitutes on the streets of Thailand to children in remote Laos.
In late 2010, the first season of The Revolutionary Life with Dustan & Darlene Stanley (a reality television program following the mission work of Dustan & Darlene) was completed. It was accepted on multiple national and international television networks, including TBN’s JUCE, TBN Africa, UCB (UK), Shine TV (New Zealand), and ACCTV (Australia).
From 2010-2014, Dustan and Darlene continued their missionary journeys, preaching the Gospel in West Africa, Europe, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Near the end of this time, they stepped foot in Nepal for the first time.
In 2014, the Lord moved on Dustan’s heart to begin to narrow his focus, to go from journey mode to planting mode. They began to build on the many relationships they had built all over the world, with a list of seven nations to work toward reaching and mobilizing from Nepal, USA, Ghana, India, Indonesia, the UK, and Thailand.
As they continued to narrow their focus, they decided to focus on two nations, Nepal and the USA. They immediately started working closely with their Nepali friends to respond to the many natural disasters and to preach the Gospel and equip the church to spread the love of Jesus.
In late 2014, Dustan and Darlene relocated to Chattanooga, TN to start the groundwork to plant the American base for Hasten International Mission.
In 2015, Dustan & Darlene opened a small center in Chattanooga and started taping materials to train missionaries for a future online training program called Great Commission Academy.
In 2016, the Lord spoke to Darlene to save his babies in Nepal and India. This started the process of planting HASTEN Nepal.
In late 2016, Dustan and Darlene put their American work on hold to establish HASTEN Nepal. The first programs included sewing and literacy classes, English classes, community gardens, disaster relief, a small weekly feeding program, and startup farms.
In 2017, the Lord spoke to Dustan in many ways (through spiritual leaders, dreams, in prayer, and with numerous confirmations) to start gathering people to do all God has put in your heart and to start a local church to join the mission of HASTEN in Chattanooga, the USA, and the world.
In early 2018, HASTEN Nepal was able to double its impact by doubling nearly all of its programs and greatly expanding the feeding programs. They also launched United Freedom Church, HASTEN’s church plant in Pokhara, Nepal.
In early 2018, Dustan and Darlene started the fundraising process of planting Hasten International Mission Center. This center will be the home of HASTEN’s ministry training classes and projects, hasten’s television and video production studio, HASTEN Church, and a warehouse for local outreach and relief projects.