The first time I heard one of Catherine's talks was through a virtual Mother's Day event organized by Lifegate Church. Catherine spoke about the meaning of womanhood based on the timeless lessons from the Old Testament's Book of Ruth. While I am not religiously affiliated and definitely notwell-versedd in the stories of the Bible, I found Catherine's presentation to be very well-researched, captivating, and most of all, deeply meaningful. She has the ability to talk about complex, emotionally charged, and sometimes even controversial topics in an educated and easy-to-understand manner while still encouraging you to have your interpretation. Through her projects, she is helping cultivate a sense of faith and togetherness for the people in her community that she genuinely cares about.
- Kasheva, attende
Catherine was a featured speaker for our annual Children of the Nations fundraising events in both Seattle, WA, and Orange County, CA. Catherine is such a naturally talented and gifted speaker! She effectively connects with her audience by utilizing personal stories to engage and inspire. It was obvious that Catherine had spent time studying the organization’s goals for the evening and then strategized her speaking points to accomplish those goals. We heard from many attendees that they were inspired, encouraged,
and motivated by Catherine!
- Clark, Children of the Nations
I first met Catherine with my eyes closed when she was praying and thought “Woah! who is this woman, and how did she learn to pray like That?” I later learned that surviving 2 civil wars in Africa, among other struggles has deepened her relationship with Jesus. This is the dynamic force that drives the fire inside Catherine to share with others (specifically to empower women) to find their love for God. Her book “I am Goodness” reveals more layers of who Catherine truly is, and how His Goodness has brought her through the pain and challenges of life transitions and loss. She invites you in as she authentically shares her heart and personal life stories which have shaped who God has called her to be. Catherine’s fun lovin’ “honey girl” way, combined with her raw vulnerability draws you in page by page, to hear the voice of God more clearly for your own life. You do not want to miss this beautifully written book that feels like Catherine is talking to you across the café table while sippin’ on a chai latte. This book gives you permission to release the lies from your own story and accept God's Truth that “I too, am goodness”!
There are many reasons I really like Catherine speaking to our Colorado Christian University students. Catherine brings "diversity"- she is an African refugee (with an amazing story), a committed wife and mother in a mixed marriage, and an accomplished female speaker and author. It is difficult to find good Christian female speakers- Catherine is a good woman speaker! It is for these reasons I will continue to book Catherine Ojala as a regular speaker in our university Chapel program
-Jongeward, Corlado Christian University
Catherine's words and stories written in I am Goodness inspired me, encouraged me, challenged me, and helped put words to some of my experiences as a minority woman, immigrant, and wife in a cross-cultural marriage, understanding and blending into the American culture. So many things! And amid all these challenges to hold onto my identity in Christ.
- Ross, reader
Catherine is a dynamic speaker that we could all tell instantly, and is sweetly entwined with the Holy Spirit. She spoke at our women's conference and her talk had a profound effect on everyone who heard her. She is passionate about God's word and she shared her heart and stories in a vulnerable authentic way that inspired and transformed our group.
- Chruches, The Landing Church
When Catherine speaks, she brings energy, insight, experience, and wisdom to important life-changing topics. Her book encourages women to be all they were created to be. She expresses humor and life experiences in an honest and edifying way. I would highly recommend her book.
- Jean, reader
Catherine led a captivating, emotional, and inspirational discussion with our commercial real estate team. Her personal story of tragedy (though Catherine rejects the notion of tragedy) and perseverance as a young refugee from Sierra Leone dwarfs the significance of our daily tasks as bankers, but Catherine did a remarkable job of translating her life experiences and lessons into action items for our team. I have since shared Catherine’s story and message with many friends and family.”
- Collin, Senior Vice President Wells Fargo
As a professional speaker, Catherine Ojala brings a wealth of experience that resonates with audiences everywhere. Her powerful story and unique style provides compelling high points to almost any event.
- Daley, author of Where Data is Wealth