For all their religious devotion, Oja’s parents seemed mostly unnoticed by the deities they worshiped. They had to make ends meet as daily laborers, never able to find a regular job and always uncertain of what the next day would bring.
But lately, 11-year-old Oja had been learning about a different God—One who cared and could make things happen.
A few months ago, Oja’s best friend had invited her to Sunday School, where they learned songs and stories about Jesus. Oja loved it so much she had stopped going to the temple and started going to church services. She even decided she wanted to follow Jesus.
Then she began to pray.
Counting Her Blessings
When Oja was anxious about her grades in school, she prayed to Jesus and scored at the top of her class, but she had higher aspirations still.
Oja began praying that God would allow her to attend one of the best schools in her area. Her family didn’t have the money to send her, but she knew God could provide a way.
After earning a high score on her exams, Oja received a full scholarship.
Next, Oja prayed for her parents. Her family didn’t have their own land or house, but after Oja prayed, the government started a program to distribute free land in the area. And two weeks after Oja asked God to fulfill her father’s desire for livestock, a relative bought two goats and gave one to the family.
As her family’s herd of goats and income grew, Oja knew there was just one more thing that would make their life complete: Her family needed to know Jesus, too.
Through Oja’s prayers, her parents recognized how greatly God loved them, and they decided to open their hearts to Him. Now the whole family attends church together, and as others look on, it’s clear to see that Oja’s family follows a God who answers those who call on His name.