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He Knows Me

Djawut Gondarra

Galiwin'ku, Elcho Island,

NT, Australia

Growing up as a petrol sniffer and thief, missing much school, Djawut could not read or write in his language, or in English. In time, his life totally changed and when his wife prayed for him, he was given a gift. He was able to read and write in multiple languages, becoming a Bible translator!


Enjoy Djawut's incredible story, and his original song, 'The Lord is my light and my salvation'.

He knows me (Djawut Gondarra, 40 Stories Project)
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Changed life

Bible Translation

Healed from addiction

God is my light and salvation



KEY QUOTES from this story:

I don't know the plan that I become a translator or whatever. He knows me. He brought me from rubbish.


When I went to school, I didn't really learn very much... Hunting and sometimes stealing, petrol sniffing. The first thing that I was telling myself, I was just nobody. 


One time I went to the revival. I went and I was watching where they were worshiping God. I went and joined with them and somehow God touches me and I feel something. 


Jesus was there. He was waving to me, "come". 


I just raised my hands and I knelt down. I changed my life that time.

I started to follow Yurranydjil to the Bible Translation Centre. I didn't know much about English or my language, Yolŋu Matha. So she prayed for me. God gave me a clear understanding. God changed my life, and I became a Bible translator. I could do my own translation work, my own language.

I can read in Djambarrpuyngu; I can read in my language. That's the miracle.

My favourite scripture is from Psalm 27... The Lord is my light and my salvation. 

I believe that God is real because I have seen His miracle. 

he made me confident to talk to anyone, even in a crowd, or how to share the Word of God in the church or in fellowship


I like God very much and I want to work for him because he changed my life and gave me a heavenly wisdom, a clear understanding: how to read and how to write or even to speak in English. To be a good man, to stand as a leader for God. 


A sniffer. A stealer. Don't know where I'm going. I am praising God. I just love him. He changed my whole life!

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
   whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
   of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27v1


A short taste of this story.