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From: "MARY MRS ROSE" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 15:33:11 +0100
Subject: YOUR SISTER IN THE LORD JESUS
YOUR SISTER IN THE LORD JESUS
PLEASE ENDEAVOUR TO USE IT ON
CHURCHES AND ORPHANAGES
FROM MRS ROSEMARY BROWN OF NETHERLANDS
Dearest one in the Lord
My name is Rosemary Brown(Mrs). Naturally, this letter might come to you as
a surprise, since we have not met before.it is by the grace of God that this
took ocurred,knowing the truth and the truth shall set me free. Having known
the truth, i had no choice than to do what is lawful and rightful in the
sight of god for eternal life and in the sight of man for witness of God's
mercy and glory upon my life. I have the pleasure to share my life briefly
history with you and also prayed over it, God revealed to me that you are
genuine hearted and can do this work.
I am the above named person from netherlands. I am married to Dr.William
Brown who worked with netherlands embassy in London for nine years before
his death on march 2003.we were married for eleven years without a child. He
died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.Before his death,
we were both born again christians. When my late husband was alive he
deposited the sum of Eighteen million, five hundred thousand us dollars
($18.5) with UNITY TRUST BANK LONDON PLC.
Altogether, i have decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want
this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have
distributed money to some charity organizations in the U.A.E, London and
Ireland. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this
myself any more. Presently, this money is still with the above mentioned
bank in london. And the management just wrote me as the wife of the
depositor to come forward to receive the money or rather issue a letter of
authorisation to somebody to receive it on my behalf since i cannot come
over there due to my illness. Again, i'm with my laptop in a hospital where
i have been undergoing treatment for cancer which had indicated to my doctor
that i would not last for the next four months according to his statement.
So it is my last wish to see this money distributed to charity
organizations,churches because our relatives have plundered so much of our
wealth after my husband's death and my illness got deteriorated. I cannot
live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them.
Please,i beg you in the name of god to help me and utilize the above
mentioned funds and its interest and distribute it accordingly.
Having known my condition i decided to donate this fund to church or a
christian individual that will utilize this money the way i am going to
instruct herein.i want a person that has God fearing. Someone that will use
this money on churches, orphanages etc propagating the word of god and to
ensure that the house of god is maintained. The bible made us to understand
that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because i don't
have any child that will inherit this money. My husband relatives are not
christians and i don't want this hard earned money to be misused by
unbelievers. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an
My happiness is that i lived a life of a worthy christian. So i am not
afraid of death hence i know where i am going. I know that i am going to be
in the bossom of the lord. Exodus 14 vs 14 says that; the lord will fight my
case and i shall hold my peace. Whoever that wants to serve the lord must
serve him in spirit and truth. Please always be prayerful all through your
Please i don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my
health and the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I don't
want them to know about this development. Any delay in your reply will give
me room in searching for a church or christian individual for this same
Please kindly contact me for arrangements regarding this transaction and
assure me that you will act accordingly as i stated herein and you can not
betray me once you receive this money into your account. I want you and the
church to always pray for me. Please for more details contact me on
Thanks and may God Almighty Guide and Bless you upon helping me with this
Hoping to hear from you soonest.
Yours sister in the lord,
Mrs Rosemary Brown