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BLESSINGS AND PROMOTIONS DURING RECESSION – SIS FOLAKE

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I owe God my thanksgiving. He has done so much for me, especially in 2016, I cannot count them all. But I just want God to look into my heart and see sincere thanksgiving today. Pastor Taiwo kept saying all through 2016 that 'there is no recession in Fountain'. And truly there was absolutely no recession for my family.

Towards the end of 2015, I felt led by God to open a mini mart (supermarket) in my neighborhood. I was very reluctant because I have done business in time past that was not very successful. I reluctantly obeyed and opened the mini mart in November 2015. It wasn't doing very well, but looking back now, it was only part of a bigger plan. In January God opened another opportunity to open another mini mart about 1 km from the first one. But we had to erect a temporary structure so we couldn't open until June. I thought I would shut down the first one as soon as we opened. But God had a better plan. Just when we were about to shut down the first one, a bigger and better store in the same Plaza became vacant. The Landlord practically asked the occupant to move out for me. So instead of shutting down, I ended up with 2 very successful mini marts in 2016. Indeed there is no recession in Fountain!

Secondly, my HOD at work called me around mid-November 2016 to ask if I would be interested in going for a training offshore. I was rather surprised, knowing well that many organisations were trying to cut cost. That's the first part of this testimony. I couldn't even tell my colleagues, because some of them were already asking me what kind of soap I use to bathe that is attracting so much favour to me. Of course I confirmed that I was interested in the training. I wanted to apply for my Visa immediately, but my International Passport was nowhere to be found. People that know me well know that I hardly ever misplace anything. I turned the whole house upside down but couldn't find it. I then realized my husband's passport was also missing.

By end of November it was getting very embarrassing as our training team was getting rather agitated. The company already paid thousands of dollars for my training and accommodation. I decided to try and get a new passport. I went to immigration office to find out what to do. When I got there I wanted to walk up to one of the officials for assistance since I didn't know anyone there. But the Holy Spirit pointed out a particular lady and told me to speak to her. I ran after her and explained that I lost my passport and wanted to apply for another one. She felt so concerned for me, and then she said 'Madam you will find your passport. Call your Pastor and ask him to agree with you in prayer' But my faith was rather small, and I also do not like calling to disturb our very dear Pastors. So, I went ahead to submit the required documents for a new passport. By the first week of December, I had to explain to the training team that I had lost my passport. I was given 1 week to either get another one or someone else will be nominated for the training.

I came for anointing service in December and I told God, 'my faith is really small, and this seems impossible, but what I really want is my oId passport, which of course has multiple entry Visas on it.' I called Abuja to try and speed up the new passport application and I was told there were no passport booklets. On 14 December I was on my way to work when I got a call, our passports were found! Time will not permit me to explain how. All I can say is that this can only be God.

Thirdly, I joined TFOLC in 2001. We got married in 2003 and since my husband was looking to change his church, he came to Fountain. He reminded me a few weeks ago that when he joined Fountain, his salary was N45,000 per month, and of course my salary was smaller. In 2016, in the midst of a recession, we made a deposit for 2 houses in Ikoyi, Lagos Nigeria. Time will not permit me to explain how God worked it out. But like Pastor Taiwo always says 'there is no recession in Fountain'! Indeed God has set before us open doors, which no man can shut! Praise the Lord.

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