Thank you for participating in my 45th birthday challenge. You've been part of a silent revolution to see more families thriving. Many lives are being transformed. 

Dear Friends,

I am lost for words to describe the way I feel about your generosity as I celebrated my 45th birthday. My heart is overwhelmed seeing how you responded to the call to love the least of the least among you. Thank you for sharing your finances to help struggling and bereaved families through my chosen charity Care for the Family. You have helped me to do something about the things that breaks my heart and through your efforts we have helped more struggling families to survive.

Thank you for taking the time to come out and share with me on the 5th of August 2017. Looking back on the past 45 years of not celebrating my life made me realise that I hadn't quite understood the meaning of 'giving praise' nor did I understood what it meant to honour mother and father. It brought me to the conclusion that regardless of who could or could not make it, I would still spend time in the house of the Lord, giving Him His due praise. 

I was able to remind myself during times of sadness, that the garment of praise is given to us for the spirit of heaviness.  Therefore, I chose to celebrate my 45th birthday regardless of the obstacles that were usually presented and were still evident as I planned this event.

This update is therefore, a reminder that the Word of God is life. It is the truth that will set us free and I chose to be free. I continue to choose freedom. It is a daily task. I am free from the chains that held me bound. I now have a better understanding of what it means when I read Romans 8:28 which says, 'And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.' As I grow in understanding, more chains are being loosed, and I am experiencing a greater sense of freedom to walk in God's purpose for my life. 

I appreciate all your prayers, words of encouragement, and every penny donated to Care for the Family in helping bereaved families.

Thank you for your sacrificial giving. You'll never know the blessings imparted on the lives you've touched. I am one of those lives you've touched and your kindness will always be remembered.

See previous updates of this fundraising effort here

A Thank You Note From Janice

The last 2 offline contributions are now in, bringing your total contributions to 291.04 excluding Gift Aid.

That is made up of: 

£135.00 donated by 10 offline sponsors; 

£136.04 donated by 9 online sponsors; and 
£ 20.00 donated by 2 Text sponsors. 

Gift Aid (once the process is complete) is estimated at £32.50 

This is made up of: £17.50 (£12.50 online + £5 Text) £15.00 (offline) 

This will bring your total contributions to £323.54. You have been a blessing to me and to Care for the Family. Many lives will be blessed.

Thank you!