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Ashok Ghimire

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.

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Deki Tshering

Deki was born and raised in a third generation Christian home in Bhutan. Her grandfather converted through missionaries from Finland. He also became a first Bhutanese evangelist to take the gospel to many corners of Bhutan. She spent her childhood in boarding school away from her family where she spent a lot of time with Buddhist friends. Her teenage years were filled with questions about her identity of being a Christian or a Buddhist like her friends. This confusion was pushing her life slowly into bitterness, and anger. Her parents quickly took action and had her attend a youth convention in Kalimpong, India. It was there at age of 16 where she surrendered and invited Jesus into her life. She discovered her true identity and Gods purpose for her life. She continued her schooling among non-believers by being a light and not compromising her Christian values and beliefs.

Deki completed her Bachelors in Teaching from National Institute of Education – Samtse, Bhutan in 1992. She then spent a decade being an educator in Bhutan. Later, she received a scholarship and completed her Masters in Educational Leadership from St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is currently enrolled in Dallas Baptist University pursuing MA in Christian Education concentrating in Family Ministry.

Deki is a member of International Nepali Church, Irving since its inception in 2009 and helps with church administration and women’s ministry. She volunteers in reaching out to Bhutanese refugees through New Song church, and supports missions to Bhutan as well.
She desires to fulfill the great commission through ministering to vulnerable people by building strong, healthy, successful, and effective families in America and eventually in Bhutan.
She resides in Euless, Texas with her husband, son,and daughter who are both in college. She likes to spend time with her family, travel places of interest,and mostly likes to read and listen to Christian talks.

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Ruben Shrestha

Ruben was born and raised in Kirtipur, Kathmandu in a Christian family. He accepted Christ at an early age, and got baptized at the age of 16 years. He used to lead worship at his father’s church, and also served as director of United Youth Ministries Nepal (a chapter of UYM, an international Christian youth ministry) until 2012 before coming to the U.S. Currently he is serving as a board member of HIS ‘Helping International Students’ Organization, which reaches out to international students in Manhattan, Kansas.

His curiosity about nature gave him the love for science which he is still pursuing. He completed his B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Tribhuvan University in Nepal. He also worked as chemistry teacher at various schools, and later as a chemistry lecturer at various colleges, including Kathmandu University. Currently he is a PhD student of Chemistry at Kansas State University. He lives in Manhattan, Kansas with his wife Sony Lama Shrestha.

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Indra Koirala

Indra Koirala was born and raised in a strong Hindu Family in Bhutan. In 1993, At the age of 8 year old, he along with his family members left Bhutan and settled in refugee camp in Nepal. His elder brother shared the gospel, Indra and his family received Christ.

Despite of many persecutions from their immediate family and friends, his family started working in the church ministries. Indra graduated with bachelors degree in pure sciences from University of North Bengal, WB, India in 2007. He taught in a boarding school in Nepal as a science teacher for a while, but he felt God’s leading towards Biblical training.

He received 4 months Bible school training in Bangalore and upon its completion, he joined in ministry with his brother beginning April 2008. He came to the United States in 2009. At present he is enrolled in Master of Divinity at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, KY, 2013. Indra is married and is serving as the pastor in Nepali speaking church in Jacksonville, FL.

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Santosh Tirwa

Santosh Tirwa was born in a Hindu family in Bhutan. In 1992, He and his family left Bhutan and settled in refugee camp in Nepal. Santosh and his family came to know about Jesus at the camp and accepted Him as their personal Lord and Savior. Although he accepted Christ at the early age of 8 and went to the church; he did not fully understand the love, salvation of God, and purpose of life.

After several years of deeply seeking God, he came to appreciate the love of God and that life without Jesus is worthless. Since then, he devoted his life to God. Santosh and his family are the gifted musicians and singers. They have created several gospel songs and worship CDs. Santosh also travels to different States for the gospel concerts. He was a student of Bachelor of Science in Nepal, and graduated from Heart of the Father Bible School, India.

He came to the US in 2010. He serves with his father Ps. Karna Tirwa as an assistant pastor at Samdan church, Cleveland, Ohio. He encourages all to appreciate life which is a beautiful gift from God, and we can find its real meaning by focusing unto God. His goal in life is to extend the Nepali gospel songs and worship music to the Nepali community. Santosh is married to his wife and lives with his family in Ohio.