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Encouragement: Same Yesterday, Today & Forever

It was a Monday afternoon when the letter arrived. Unexpected it was, nonetheless I was consumed with excitement to hear from her. I ripped the letter open to read of her latest experiences (or lack of). 

But, it wasn't a letter which my sponsor daughter had written. No, no, no. It was a letter from the organisation informing me that my sponsor daughter was no  longer in poverty. Hooray! After writing letters and exchanging drawings for the past few years, the journey was coming to an abrupt end. I was very happy - who wouldn't have been? But I'd be deceiving you if I didn't reveal that part of me felt sad. Sad that I wouldn't hear from her again. 

I prayed a simple thanksgiving prayer.It was at that point that I was filled with joy as I received a fresh revelation of who God is and what He is capable of. Yes, I had frequently prayed over her wellbeing, and for provision for her mum. But in reality, I never imagined that God would lift them out of poverty altogether.…
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