Nato - What happened next?

Nato worked for Fruitful Oaks from September 2008 to July 2009, when he returned to Nigeria to do his year of national service. His smile and infectious laugh are sorely missed!

Nato's story, in his own words:

Hello! My name is Nato and I would like to share with you what I think is the most exciting thing in my life. I had Christian parents who took me to church and so from an early age, I learnt a lot about God. I also learnt that God was going to punish those who weren't his friends and did bad stuff. That scared me a lot.

I COULDN'T DO IT

So, I started to do good things and liked to be called a good boy. However, I found that I couldn't keep it up and was still doing things that weren't right. So each time I did wrong I prayed and promised God that I wouldn't do it again. Still I found that I couldn't keep my promise. One day when I was ten, I lied to my mum and got disciplined by my parents. I felt really bad about it and realised that I just didn't have the ability to be good. So I cried to God to forgive me and told him I couldn't do it myself. I just wanted him to take over my life and make that day a remarkable one.

A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

From that day, I felt a great sense of peace as I received God's forgiveness. I realised that it wasn't even about being good but about having a relationship with God by believing in Jesus, who lived a perfect life on Earth and died to take the punishment I deserved. Unfortunately, I'm not perfect and I still do things that I regret. But God has continued to change me, and is making me more like Jesus. God fills me with his Spirit who helps me know his love and gives me power to live for him. He gives me joy when things are easy and when things are hard. He also assures me that one day I will be with him either when I die or when he returns. This is really exciting!