Simon dreamed of becoming a priest. As a child, he
served as an altar boy in his parish in Poland and began
to dedicate his life to Christ.
Then as a teenager, desperate for attention, Simon
started using drugs and alcohol—just like his father.
At war with himself, Simon eventually became a drug
dealer and was arrested three times for drug possession.
Like other Maasai children in Kenya, Jackson worked as a
shepherd to help support his family. There was no time for
At the age of 23, Jackson moved to Nairobi to find a more
secure job than cattle herding. While living with a relative
who had moved to the city a year earlier, Jackson found an
informal security job as a night watchman.
One evening during his shift, two Christian men asked if
they could share the love of God with him. Others had
come to Jackson’s village in the past to talk about Jesus—
this time he was interested. Wanting their message to be
true but not sure if it was for him, Jackson asked the men,
“Could Jesus love a Maasai like me with no education?” The
believers responded, “Jesus loves everybody just as they are.”
Touched by what the men told him, Jackson decided to
attend their church. Soon he was a regular at worship
services. Then he accepted Jesus into his life. Excited about
his new life, Jackson invited other Maasai to church—many
came to faith through him.
Jackson and several of the other Maasai believers in the
church wanted to learn to read and write. With training and
support from a Bible League Canada partner ministry in
GOD NEVER Lets Go (Poland)
JUST AS YOU ARE (Kenya)
But his dream of living for Christ was not dead.
Simon went to seminary to become a priest but did not last
long. He tried to study theology on his own—that also ended
in failure. He quit his studies, lost his relationship with his
family, and got in to gambling. Simon hit rock bottom.
God never let go of Simon. The Lord sent believers who
showed Simon that he could escape the downward spiral.
They helped him get free from his addictions and return to
the right path.
Simon learned that only through
faith in God and the study of his
Word could he overcome his problems.
Trained by a Bible League Canada ministry called
Project Philip, Simon now shares his knowledge of God’s
transforming power with others. He works with troubled
youth and those in prison.
Simon is finally living his dream of preaching the gospel.
Many inmates, in the 200 plus prisons in Poland, are
searching for a new life. Bible League Canada helps to equip
local workers to share with these prisoners the hope and
encouragement that can only be found in Christ.