While A. K. Lama was studying veterinary science, he came in contact with some Christian students whose sincere love compelled him to join their Bible study. In this Bible study group, he met few more godly men and women who encouraged him to ask questions and verbalize his doubts as a Buddhist. They visited him when he was sick and helped him financially when he was in crisis. They genuinely loved him and cared for him. For two years he continued to join their Bible study. Gradually, the Word of God and their godly lifestyle began to convict him of his sin.
After about a year, he had begun to understand how Jesus was indeed the only true Savior and God, but it was still very difficult for him to embrace Christianity. His fear of persecution and the cost of discipleship postponed his decision for Christ. In his state (Arunachal Pradesh in northeast India), Christianity is an illegal religion. Persuading anyone for conversion to Christianity, or getting converted to Christianity without the approval of the government is punishable under law (fine of Rs. 10,000 and imprisonment for ten years under the Indigenous Faith Bill Act, 1974). But finally, on October 24, 1983, in an evening fellowship meeting, the Spirit of God convicted him. He felt the awesome presence of God, and he stood up with tears in his eyes. There was no more fear, but only a desire to follow Jesus Christ for the rest of his life. That evening he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior.
Dr. A. K. Lama earned a Master of Divinity from AIT Bangaluru, a Doctor of Ministry from Samford University (Birmingham, AL), and a Doctor of Philosophy in the Old Testament from Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL).
Dr. A. K. Lama along with his wife, Dr. Asangla Ao, now serves as the General Secretary of Council of Baptist Churches in Northeast India (http://cbcnei.com) and as Senior Consultant of Transforming Leaders in Asia (http://tlaministries.org).
They have three children.