Hope is a legacy. A legacy that Oka Saputra inherited from his father. And one he is passing on every day in Indonesia.
Oka grew up in a small village in Indonesia. It wasn’t a childhood filled with hope. That’s because he grew up in poverty surrounded by people who didn’t accept his faith. Traditionally, a son follows his father’s religion, so if your father was a Hindu, you were too.
Oka’s father chose a different path. He came from a wealthy Hindu family but decided to follow Christ, showing his commitment by borrowing land and building a church for the community. But he was cut off from the rest of his family because of his faith.
His father’s noble choices meant Oka grew up in poverty and as a social outcast. Already an outsider as a Christian, there was no hope of an education, which would help break the cycle of poverty — until Oka’s local church partnered with Compassion.
“I always remember how I was treated at the Compassion center,” Oka says. “People loved me and respected my rights as a child.”
This love and respect transformed Oka’s life. Compassion helped him pursue an education, and when he graduated from the sponsorship program, he realized his dream of being a graphic designer. Oka moved away from his village and started work for a famous international surfing brand. He made good money and could provide for his wife and daughter.