I grew up in a small village on the main island of Fiji. I’m one of three children and my two sisters and I were raised in the Hindu faith. As a child, I was always getting into trouble. I rebelled against instruction and was suspended from school for fighting more than once.
One evening when I was in my late teens a friend invited me to a youth meeting at a local Fijian church. That meeting changed my life. I heard about Someone that loved me and had a plan for me. Someone that would never leave me. Someone I could trust and depend on. I was touched by the presence of God and accepted Jesus as my personal savior. That night changed the course of my life. I went on to later become a pastor in Fiji, and for thirteen years reached literally thousands of people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. During my time as a pastor, God showed me that He wanted to use me otherwise, and in another nation. God began to burden my wife and I for missions. He led us to begin a ministry to Asian Indians in the United States.
Since coming to America in 2002, and settling in Los Angeles, God has opened doors for me to pastor in Southern California, speak at children’s camps and missions’ conventions across the US, participate in many different ministry boards, and organizations, and begin a non-profit organization devoted to reaching Asian Indians throughout the United States with the love of Christ and a message of hope: Global AIM. Global AIM (Asian Indian Ministries) has grown from a local ministry in Southern California to a national, and even global ministry with projects in both Fiji and India.
God has been the constant source of direction and provision for our ministry. How else could a Hindu boy from a small town, on a small island in the middle of the Pacific accomplish the things I have? God has strengthened our ministry in America and expanded it globally. God has given me the responsibility to show Him to the Indian community in the U.S and around the World. This is my passion. To preach the Gospel, raise up servant leaders, and win the lost at any cost. I agree with the Apostle Paul who said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
– Simon Gounder