Markeda looked on her 5-year-old granddaughter, Fiala, with pity. Rather than running boisterously as many 5-year-olds do, Fiala was limited to a stationary position, unable to use her legs. Her greatest desire was to see the child walk. Markeda had fervently prayed to her traditional deities, but her devotion waned as Fiala continued in her immobility.
Losing Hope for the Future
With love and care, Markeda carried her granddaughter wherever they went. Still, she mourned Fiala’s inability to walk. She feared the future Fiala would endure if her condition persisted.
While Fiala’s father worked out of town as a daily wage laborer to provide for his daughter, her mother abandoned the disabled child. At such a young age, Fiala had already endured much loss. Sadly, Markeda held little hope for improvement in Fiala’s future. As her prayers continued to go unanswered, her own peace and joy began to slip away.
In the midst of this discouragement, Markeda met GFA Sister of Compassion Khris, who told Markeda about the God to whom she prayed and the hope she found in Him.
Taking a Chance on Prayer
Markeda listened intently, thinking of her 5-year-old granddaughter still unable to walk. She wondered if this God had the power to heal Fiala.
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