I think you practice in the Karma Kagyu lineage, right?
I would see if you can ask your teacher if you can obtain instructions in the common preliminaries, and perhaps the Refuge/prostrations part.....from anyone your teacher feels qualified to dispense those instructions. You don't need an empowerment for those, and I guarantee you that would keep you busy until you have a chance or opportunity to obtain empowerment.
Thanks for the helpful suggestions, Conebeckham, but I am already in the process of resolving the problem.
I'll see a Nyingma lama in a few months and I'll see if I can get permission to begin Ngondro from him.
OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG