Ashok says, “There are two chapters in my life. The first chapter is darkness. The second chapter is light.”
His family taught him he must worship idols, go to temples, and give animal sacrifices. This would make him a good Hindu. When he was small, his parents sent him to BMM’s mission school to get an education, but they made it clear they were still Hindu followers. This schooling exposed Ashok to many teachings about Jesus, yet he could not understand about Jesus Christ coming to die for our sins. As a result, the teachings did not reach his heart. As he grew up, Ashok and his friends pursued sinful things.
Some years later, when he was 20 years old, Ashok went to the mission hospital on the same property as his old school. Seeing that Ashok came from a Hindu family, a Bible teacher taught him about how Jesus was born to save us from sins (Matthew 1:18-25). When the teacher came to Romans 5:8, the Holy Spirit illuminated Ashok’s mind. He finally understood he was a sinner and that Jesus died for his sins. Confessing his sins, Ashok prayed with his teacher and accepted Christ as his own Savior. He later studied under the BMM missionary and was baptized on February 14, 1999.
When Ashok’s mother heard the news, she would not speak to him or accept him as her son. She thought he was defiled and refused to serve him food. Her attitude made him very sad. Even his neighbors did not want to talk with him. God’s Word brought Ashok peace through Psalm 27:10: “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.”
The changes in Ashok’s life were gradual at first. When he tried to follow Christ, his old nature was prone to return. When the BMM missionary gave him an opportunity to study at Bible college, paying his expenses, Ashok grew greatly in his biblical understanding and in Christlikeness. He joined choir teams to praise the Lord and has had opportunities to teach Sunday School, to preach at villages, and to teach at the Bible school.
The verse that has meant the most in his life is Romans 15:20: “Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation.” This verse inspired him to preach the gospel earnestly to let others know that Jesus Christ came to save sinners such as he.