Mr. Ashok Ghimire grew up in a devout Hindu family in a small village in Gorkha (same VDC with Dr. Baburam Bhattarai), While in Grade 7, his interest about Christian faith was kindled by an American missionary teacher. It was 5 years later in Kathmandu through a student outreach organized by YWAM that he came to realize he was a sinner and that he needed Jesus to save him from all his sins. In 1984, despite the legal prohibitions in Nepal, he decided to commit his life to become a disciple of Jesus.
In 1989, he went to Philippines to study and received BS in Civil Engineering. He then returned to Nepal and worked for Nepal Leprosy Trust (1994-95) building a leprosy hospital in Lalgadh, Janakpur. He again went back to Philippines in 1995 and completed his MS in Environmental Engineering. In 2002, he finished his MA in cross-cultural studies (missions). During those years, he also got involved with international student ministry and InterVarsity. Then, God opened doors for him and his family to a Southeast Asian country to minister among an unreached people group (UPG). He was not only sharing the message of Christ to this UPG, but also to the large Nepali migrant workers. He was involved in preaching and training in many Nepali fellowships regarding discipleship and leadership. He was also involved in social works among Nepali migrant workers partnering with the Nepali embassy.
He and his family came to the U.S. in 2011 for a rare bone treatment for their younger son. He is pursuing his PhD in ‘International Development’ at William Carey International University (WCIU). Besides study, he is also involved full time with ISI ministry. He looks for opportunities to share the love of Jesus to UPGs and international students with many social activities. He also looks forward to encourage Nepali students and professionals to live their life worthy of the calling.He lives in Pasadena, California with his wife and two sons. In his free time, he likes to read, watch news, go for a walk, hike, visit friends, and visit new places with family.