Jesi (right) helps baptise one of the new believers in the Wusaraambya village.

Standing waist-deep in water, 5-foot-1-inch Jesi thunders to the Wusaraambya people, “What will you do when GOD calls your name? How will you answer him?”

The crowds fall silent, relishing the eloquent salvation message borne on the tongue of a man who was once considered a nobody by their village. A child of one of the poorest clans in the Wusaraambya society and small among the young men his age, Jesi had few future dreams. But then God called him to speak.

“I used to try to be somebody,” admits Jesi. “As a kid, I hated being the smallest in my group of friends. I would often pick fights with boys twice my age to prove how tough I was. I gambled, went to parties and pursued beautiful women—while my mother prayed faithfully for me to come to God.”

He laughs, remembering the night when God changed his life.

A group of young believers had come from a nearby village to share with Jesi’s village God’s love for them. Jesi and his friends snuck to the back of the conference to listen, determined to find ways to mock the believers later to their friends.

“I thought we would go to show them how foolish they were,” says Jesi. “But in the end, I realised instead how foolish I was.”

Toward the end of the conference, Jesi and several of his friends committed their lives to Christ. A couple of them were given New Testaments in Pidgin, the trade language, and began to pore over them day and night.

But God’s Word, which sounded vague in the trade language, only truly began to make sense to Jesi when he joined Canadian missionary Andrew Goud in translating the Bible into his own language.