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From: =?utf-8?q?Oliva=20Baker?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 20:58:31 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Dear one, glory to God,
Â¡Tengo nueva direcciÃ³n de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme a:email@example.com
- It is by the grace of God that I received Christ, knowing the truth and the truth have set me free.Having known the truth, I had no choice than to do what is lawful and right 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 testimony with you, I am Barrister Oliva Baker, the Legal adviser to late Mr and Mrs Zech Joseph, a Russian couple that lived in my Country Nigeria for 22 years before they both died in the plane crash late last year. These couples were good Christians, they so dedicated to God but they had no child till they died, may their souls rest in peace, Amen. Throughout their stay in my country, they acquired a lot of properties like lands, house properties, etc because he deal with oil buesness.As their legal adviser, before their death, the husband Mr.Zech Joseph, instructed me to write his WILL, Because they had no child, they dedicated their wealth to God. According to the WILL, the properties have to be sold and the money be given out to a ministry for the work of God. As their legal adviser, all the documents for the properties were in my care. He gave me the authority to sell the properties and give out the fund to the Ministries for the work of God.In short, I sold all the properties after their death, as instructed by Mr.Zech Joseph, before his death. And as matter of fact, after I sold all their properties, I realized $$20,000,000.00 (Twenty million US dollars). Therefore the total amount will be invested into God's work as instructed by the original owner. But Instead of giving the fund out for the work of God as instructed to me by the owner before his death. I converted the fund to myself with the intention of investing the fund abroad for my personal use. I was afraid of putting the fund in the Bank,because I have to give account to the bank on how I got the money. I then packaged the fund in consignments and deposited the consignments with a security company here in Nigeria. I did not want the management of the Security Company to know the content of the consignments, therefore I registered the content of the consignments as Gold Bars.Now, the security company believes that what I deposited with them was Gold Bars. I had encounter with Christ when Pastor Benny Hinn was preaching on television concerning Ananias and Saphira in Acts 5:1-11. After hearing the word of God, I gave my life to Christ and became a born again Christian. As a born again Christian, I started reading my bible and one day,the Lord opened my eyes to Ezekiel 33: 18 and 19 where the word of God says: "When the righteous truth from his righteousness, and committee iniquity, he shall even die thereby. But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby".From the scripture, I discovered that the only way I could have peace in my life is to do what is lawful and right by giving out the fund as instructed for the work of God by the owner before his death. I have asked God for forgiveness and I know that God have forgiven me. But I have to do what is lawful and right in the sight of God by giving out the fund to the chosen ministry or individual, for the purpose of God's woke as instructed by the owner before his death.After my fasting and prayers, I asked God to make his choice and direct me to a honest Christian or the chosen ministry that deserves this fund by his Grace. I then came across your address on the Internet as I was browsing through a Christian site, and as a matter of fact, it is not only you or your ministry that I picked on the Christian site initially, but after my fervent prayer over it, then you were nominated to me through divine revelation from God, so these are how I received such a divine revelation from the Lord, how I got your contact information, and I then decided to contact you for the fund to be used wisely for things that will glorify the name of God. I have notified the Security Company where I deposited the consignments that contained the fund, that I am moving the consignment abroad and the security company has since been waiting for my authority for the consignment to leave my country for abroad. So if you know that you will use this fund honestly and wisely for things that will glorify God's name, then do contact me back. You should also forward to me your telephone numbers for easy communication between us.Your response will be highly appreciated.Yours In Christ,Barrister Oliva Baker