Church Youth Leader Finds Abandoned Baby on Roadside: ‘All I Know is That God Intervened’

Veronica Neffinger | iBelieve Contributor | Thursday, September 28, 2017

Church Youth Leader Finds Abandoned Baby on Roadside: ‘All I Know is That God Intervened’

A church youth group leader made an incredible discovery while he was escorting his students back from a church outing last Saturday.

According to, youth group leader Rodger Prater, who works at Abba’s House of Worship Center in Ada, Oklahoma was driving back with his students from an outing to an amusement park. His wife Nancy was also with him. As they drove down the road, Prater noticed something sitting on the roadside.

As their vehicle got closer, Prater realized that what he was seeing was a baby in a car seat.

Prater stopped the vehicle and he and his wife got out. “He was just a little fella,” Prater recalls. “Thank God we got there in time.”

The Praters rescued the baby and took him to a hospital where doctors proclaimed him to be in good health. In addition to the child himself, the Praters found the baby’s birth certificate, social security card, and $5,500 in cash in the car seat with him.

The baby is now in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and no arrests have been made in the incident, although the child’s mother was able to be located based on information contained in the identification documents.

Prater is confident that God was looking out for the child and allowed him to be found and brought to safety.

“All I know is that God intervened,” he said. “One day when the baby is old enough to understand, he can call me and I will tell him that it was no fluke that we found him. We found him for a reason. I will tell him that God has a plan for his life.”


Publication date: September 28, 2017