Sunday, April 10, 2016

Unsung Heroes in Chile

Unsung Heroes Month. What does this mean?
Unsung- synonyms: nameless, no-name, noteless, uncelebrated, unfamous, unknown, unrecognized, obscure.
Definition- Not celebrated or praised. Not sung.
Hero: 1.) an illustrious warrior 2) :  a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities 3.)  one who shows great courage.
We are getting ready to start our Unsung Heroes Month! This means we will be searching for new contacts and learning how to trust God more in our daily walk.
God provides all of our needs and has commanded us, in fact, not to worry and to cast all of our cares upon Him, because He cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22) Of course, this can be difficult for those who are planners who need to know all of the details before jumping into anything. But this is the beauty of it. And it can be scary, no doubt. Similar to the church in the book of Acts, we will be looking for how to partner with what God is already doing around the world and finding new people for Adventures in Missions to serve alongside of. For people and groups that are doing great things for God's kingdom that we can help in some way. 
We will also be trusting God in the day to day. This may mean trusting Him for a place to stay or what the ministry we will be doing that day. We will pray for God's guidance. The good thing is God is always with us and He has already equipped us. It's nothing that surprises Him when we don't know what to do next. His Holy Spirit is in us and guides us. Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
From jensilverman.theworldrace.org
We will be working as a team to have a structure to the day and centering our focus on asking God as we grow in Him and learn to trust Him more like the disciples did. Jesus spent time with God every morning and went somewhere alone to ask Him what His will was and to be strengthened in the Lord. This is also what we will be doing. We will be in community with our team and will do devotions, prayer, worship and work alongside of each other, trusting that God will guide us in His will as we seek Him out.
Before we left the airport, our squad leader reminded us to seek God in the hard parts as well as the mundane, when it seems like nothing is happening yet. We need to be seeking God and trusting Him every day. God really will provide. It is easy to trust someone when everything is smooth and easy, you can smile and feel a sense of happiness. But what about when the everyday is hard? Or what if it doesn’t always feel like an adventure or it feels routine? Is it easy to trust then?
She reminded us we have a choice. When we want to stress or worry or think that everything is going wrong, we can stop and trust God. We can ask Him for help and He will help us. He will provide for our needs. We are His children.
From jensilverman.theworldrace.org
God never changes, so we can always trust Him.  Malachi 3:6 says, "I, the Lord, do not change." Numbers 23:19 says God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act?  Does he promise and not fulfill?
God has called us to this journey and He already has gone before us, so He knows the way even if we do not. He already knows what He has planned for us. All we need to do is trust in Him and keep walking with Him.
Join me on this exciting journey this month with Unsung Heroes! If you know of anyone in Chile or elsewhere who you think may match the definition of unsung heroes, then please contact me! If you know of anyone in Chile who is doing Kingdom work or has a ministry or church or missions group, I would love to hear about it!
From jensilverman.theworldrace.org

Thank you!
Please pray:
  1. For this month to be a beautiful adventure. 
  2. For God to guide my team with where to go and to find the ministries and people He wants us to find.
  3. For God to provide for all my needs and to help me to choose freedom and joy and trust in Him every day.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

40 Days of Blogging: Rolling out the Red Carpet for Gospel for Asia

40 days. A holy number. A time of testing, of refining. A time of being in the wilderness with God taking care of you. 


Welcome to my own 40 days of blogging! I will be partnering with the blogger's team with Gospel for Asia. This means I will be hosting at least 40 days of my own blogs this year related to helping women, girls, pastors and the persecuted church around the world, particularly in Asia to reach more people with their message: They need our help and our love and our prayers. 

1 John 3:18- Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.



Rolling out the red carpet to welcome Gospel For Asia to my blog! As part of the mission of this blog: to GO where God calls me, to shine as His daughter, I am stepping up to help the thousands of women, young girls and all of his children, including the persecuted church around the world who desperately ache for their loving Heavenly Father's arms to embrace them and rescue them. 





Here's the 411:
(muy importante, Hěn zhòngyào 非常重要 (translation in Chinese for crucial, important info)  on the Gospel for Asia team-


Check out this short 2 minute video to see who Gospel for Asia is-just scroll down the linked page to see the video.

1. They are an awesome ministry that does the work needed to bring native missionaries to crucial areas.

2. They help women, children and families in need to come to know Christ through sharing God's love in practical ways to meet their needs and get them involved with the local church family to care for them.

3. They provide a sponsorship program for children that has shown God's love to over 70,000 children and they bring Jesus home to their families who come to know Him as well many times


 Each day will represent the need of one girl, woman, or any child of God that needs your prayers and your action to spread the word of their great need- they are your sister, your mother, your daughter and they need to be loved, they need to be found, they need to rescued from slavery, violence or poverty (or sadly, all of the above.) Please do what you can to pray for that one girl, woman or man in desperate need of God. Please pray for them all. Focus on one country or pray for the featured person or family in need. Challenge yourself to praying over this precious child of God, over their family, over their country as you read the post and as you join with me in prayer for God's precious daughters and sons.


Day One: Her name is Shiuli. She lives in Kathmandu, Nepal. Please pray for her now and as you read! 


When you were 14, what were you doing?

Most of us can say we were safely in school or with our friends. Busy with a school sport or activity. Spending time with family. Fairly free to choose our own path, aside from following the rules and expectations.

But imagine for a moment, that instead of this scenario, you found yourself being married off to someone you did not know. You are suddenly taken from home. You have no choice but to go off to your new life. You are taken to the city after growing up in a rural mountain village. Your bags are packed, so to speak, but you might not be bringing much with you. Certainly not the creature comforts you might be used to.

Either way, those things don't matter so much anymore. You are alone in a new town, no friends, no family of your own that knows you and cares for you.

Your new husband might be interested in you at first and treat you kindly enough. Or he might barely glance at you, except for caring for his needs. Or he might mistreat you when you don't quite meet his every expectation of being the perfect wife at age 14.

You soon have your first child. It's a girl!

Not to be celebrated quite so much in this society though. Since boys stay connected to their birth family all their lives and girls do not, boys are much more favored. Daughters virtually become a member of their new husband's family, no longer a part of their own.


Your husband is mainly busy with work and you soon join him with work; to help build up your house, along with taking on all the cares of the household, and your in-laws house as well when they call upon you to help them, though rarely.

  After your first daughter, you continue working and taking care of your husband and your family grows. You have 3 daughters. You wonder if there is more to life. You don't know much of love. Or if your husband is kind to you, you feel some kind of disconnect and want to know if there is more. Of course, you barely have time to think of this with all of your responsibilities. But those moments at night make you wonder with the sounds of the city crashing down on you, quite different from your peaceful, yet vibrant mountain village that you grew up in where at least you knew everyone and knew somewhat what to expect.

Your name is Shiuli and you are doing all you can to make ends meet as your family grows in the capital city of Nepal; Kathmandu.

Suddenly tragedy strikes. You are left alone without your husband, He is gone. Died from sickness.

Your in laws are not near enough to help you. You don't know if they would have helped you. You don't know where to turn.  You are left very much alone in the big city of 700,000 people in Kathmandu.

You have three young daughters and no way to help them get what they need. No way to pay for your home and have enough to feed them. You don't know how you made it work before. Suddenly you are penniless and struggle to find a new place to lay your heads or you go without shelter and without food for some time. It gets worse and your daughter cries of hunger. Nowhere to turn. You give them everything you have and go without yourself.

You seek help and answers from the many religious centers and temples in the city. You give all you have when you hear that if you give gifts to the gods to make them happy, they will save your family.

It's too late. Your youngest daughter dies of starvation and malnutrition.

Your world goes black.

You keep pulling yourself up for work, knowing you are your remaining two daughter's last hope.

You would give anything to bring your daughter back.

 You feel the stares of the men in the city, as if they are waiting to strike like snakes with venom in their teeth at the right moment. With their cold smiles when they stare right through you.

You need help desperately. You cannot return home.

One day at work, the darkness and fear and hopelessness threatens to overtake you.

When suddenly, a flash of light enters the factory. In the form of a woman gently, lovingly smiling at you and asking you what you need.

You break down in the moment that she reaches for your hand and asks you again what you need help with- she wants to help you. She asks if you need food.

Your sobs pierce the air, though you are silent until you leave the factory and speak with her.

She brings you hope and gives you words of life that encourage you and she tells you many stories about other women who got the help they needed. Who found peace. Who found their answers. She tells you about her amazing, loving God. Who always cares about you. And makes all things right again.

“The Lord has blessed me in such a wonderful way that He has provided shelter, food, special care and attention through His people,” Shiuli says.

“The most important thing is I am receiving fellowship,” she adds.


Give Answers to Someone Else in Anguish

Millions of other women in South Asia need someone to turn to who will tell them of the God they can take refuge in. But many of these women cannot or will not talk to a male missionary because of the cultural restrictions against male-female relationships. They can only be reached by other women.
Touch the life of someone like Shiuli by sponsoring a woman missionary.










Friday, August 21, 2015

The World Race is on! Leaving in 4 short months- how to join me on the journey!

Shadows danced on the lawn. Doubt filled my mind, but it was quickly replaced by a peace that I couldn't understand but knew was from God. I sat on the porch, the sun blinking through the clouds again. The cool breeze was on my face, comforting me. It was time. God said YES!



 Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

God told me to GO!

I just didn't know how to move forward or what to do next. I trusted God to guide me. To give me what I needed so I could fulfill the purposes He has for me.

I will be going to 11 countries in 11 months, as you may have heard by now ;)

The next part is that I need you to be a part of this journey with me. I want to formally invite you to join me on this exciting adventure to reach those around the world who may have no more hope. Who need to experience another person's love firsthand before they know anything about God. My hope is in God and it is my passion to share this with others.

God redeemed me from a dark past where I felt like there was no longer any hope. God set me free and made me new, in His light and with His unfailing love.


He can do this for you too! He can do this for his children and people all around the world.

Will you join me on this exciting mission to reach others with freedom, love, and redemption and HOPE?

Please send me a comment or message letting me know that you want to GO on this journey with me!

I need you to join my team that will encourage me, equip me, and lift me up in prayer so we can go on this journey around the world to help that lost girl find redemption, to help that orphan child feel love, to give hope again to a poor family, or to reach out to that single mother living on crumbs. Or to reach out to that widow that needs to feel comforted and cared for again.

God can work through all of us to do these things and more!

Please reply, comment or contact me on here or at my World Race blog to drop a line, saying YES or GO that you want to join the team and tell me how:

1.) Encouragement: Send me a message, comment or a note. Penpals, anyone? I love getting letters and words of encouragement to boost me along on this journey and this is valued immensely!

Proverbs 16:24 Kind words are like honey—    sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. 


2.) Prayer: Pray for me before and during and after this journey!

3.) Ideas/Fund-raising Team: How to make this journey happen, helping to host/come up with ideas for fund-raising events/how to help with life out in 11 countries, etc

4.) Generosity/Giving: The funds needed to make this happen! Your kindness and generosity will help send me out to the nations where I can do life-changing work and help many people in need!

The easiest way to give is to go directly to my World Race page here and click on the Orange Support me tab at the top or click here and make sure it says my name, Jennifer Silverman. 

To send a check:
Please mail your tax-deductible contribution to:
Adventures in Missions
P.O. Box 742570
Atlanta, GA 30374-2570
Be sure to put my name: Jennifer Silverman in the memo line please, so it goes to me! Make it payable to Adventures in Missions, but remember to put my name on the memo line. Thank you!
In order to go, I need to establish a team that will join me, stand with me, and send me on this journey. It's more than the finances, though those are needed.



This is a heart journey, a relationship partnership. It's joining a team and if you feel led or any stirring or something in your heart to join the team, please contact me with which number above you'd like to help with and tell me 2 things about yourself and 4 things I can pray for, for you!


My goal to be able to go is $16, 962.

Yes, that is a lot.

That's why I need a team around me and lots of prayer!

But I am trusting God to help pave the way.

And that's where I need your help!

My next deadline is for $5000, needed by October 5th.

This means the world to me, as I need YOU to do this! Thank you for considering to join the team and help out, so I can be sent to the nations with your help. You rock! 

We will be on this journey together and I will be updating you and keeping in touch with you, learning about your heart and your life as I share mine and lift you up in prayer too, as this is a partnership and I value you and look forward to getting to know you/know you better, as we are on this team and journey together and will fight together!

Thank you for reading!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Silverman




Thursday, January 8, 2015

All this Time: God is always with you!

Ever wonder if you are really making a difference? If your words or actions matter? If your efforts add up to something meaningful? Something with a purpose? Something that will really help someone else?

On your own, they don't.

But with God, we can learn how even the simplest things can be a blessing and give true purpose to our lives.

In the midst of our chaos, we can sometimes forget what our purpose is. We can easily forget our true identity in Christ.

Ever wonder if God is really there for you? If he hears? If he listens?


When I was searching for meaning in the middle of the storms, God spoke to my heart.


"Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name. You are mine." 



Like waves in the ocean, a feeling a peace rushed over me. That doesn't mean all the storms in my life have stopped. It means that God whispers to my heart, reminding me He is always right here with me. He is right there with you, He loves you and comforts you and takes you in His arms. He fills you up. He is always right by your side.

But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine." Isaiah 43:1

Remember that it can be the smallest thing that makes a huge difference. A smile. Praying for a friend. Praying with a friend. Sharing encouragement. Offering a helping hand. Doing what you are able to show your friends you care. It all is for a purpose. And makes a huge difference. Often, when we get that urge to reach out or say something to someone to encourage them, it can be very timely. It can be God putting it on our hearts to help each other. This is how we can make a difference and speak and act out in love for each other. 

Here's a video to express how God's love is around us and He truly is always with us even if we don't see Him or understand Him- All this Time by Britt Nicole

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas Orphan

It was Christmas and I wanted more than anything to adopt this little boy I met at an orphanage in South Korea. 

When I first met him, it was as if I knew immediately there was something special about him. He stole my heart because he was so precious and God stirred something in me to recognize something in his spirit- He is one of God's children, present or future, it doesn't matter, He is God's. And he needs to be loved! We only got to spend a short time with the children, passing out gifts and taking pictures, as we were visiting multiple orphanages that day. But there was just something about this little boy, 8 years old, that really made me ache for him to have a family to be there for him in the ways he needed. 
The next day, I went back with my friends to give him gloves and a hat that I had bought for him to keep him warm in the winter. He may have thanked me; it didn't really matter at the time, but I could tell he was so excited to get the gift, it made him light up!

 In the gift, he may have seen acceptance or love or someone who believed in him. It may have just been cool to get an extra Christmas gift to show off to his friends! But I held onto the memory of his sweet spirit and I still pray for him when I think of him. His mom is still in the picture, from what I had heard when I had visited the next day after our Christmas visit. But she is unable to take care of him. I would have loved to adopt him if I were able. But I know that through my prayers, I can make a difference in his life. Through God working in his life, he will see that people believe in him. That people care about him and love him. He will feel God's arms around him. He will stand strong and tall one day as a man of God. 
Please say a pray for him today as Christmas is nearing again, 3 years later. Pray that God strengthens him and warms his heart and provides for all his needs, that he recognizes God's love for him and comes to know him. That God raises up a family to be there for him and love him always. 
God promises us, "I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you." John 14:18
This promise can apply to you as well. If you ever felt abandoned, remember that God will never leave you, He will come to you and rescue you and comfort you! For all the ways people fail us or fall short or disappoint or hurt, there is a reason. People were not made to fully meet all our needs! We cannot always love each other perfectly. Only with God is there perfect love. Still, God calls us to love others even in the pain, even when they disappoint us. Even when we fail. 
God desires you and loves you just as if you were an orphan who needed someone to be there for them! His heart melts for orphans and praying for them can help us to draw nearer to God as we learn more about His heart for His people. And His heart for us. God loves you more than you could imagine. Stop. For a moment. And think about it. God promises He will never let you go. Even if you run away uninterested or deny Him. His heart breaks, but He loves you and our God is a God who pursues and fights for the ones He loves, which is really an amazing thing that I am super thankful for!
 When has God come through for you and rescued you in a powerful or surprising way? Please comment below. I would love to hear your stories about orphans or anything related! 
 (These pictures are of other precious children we visited. I did not get a copy of the picture with the little boy I so wanted to adopt! However, the little one not pictured could also be "your" little one that you spiritually adopt and commit to pray for- check out this awesome site that allows you the privilege of praying for an orphan- one who is on God's heart! Or pray for these cherished children waiting to be adopted today. It's as easy as asking God if He would have you pray for a certain child and printing out their picture to share with your family and friends to pray for!) 

Deut. 31:6 I thought all three of these versions spoke out strong truths! What parts of these verses- what words stand out to you or touch you the most?
New International Version
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
New Living Translation
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you."
English Standard Version
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

I am going on The World Race! I will be joining a team through Adventures in Missions, going to 11 countries in 11 months to share God's love with the least of these: orphans, widows, the poor, and human trafficking victims.  Learn more on my World Race blog here.



Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Do Compassion Sponsors really make a personal difference? Do they touch lives in a real way? One Life Forever Changed

The following letter was written by Ruzamba Niyomwungeli, a 24 year old graduate of our Child Sponsorship Program. It was written in Kinyarwanda and translated into English at the Compassion Rwanda country office.

“Life has meaning when someone touches it at tender age. Someone stood out and shaped my life. I believe in life of fullness. Thank you my sponsor where ever you are.”
- Ruzamba Niyomwungeli
I really do not know what I would be looking like if Compassion had not touched my life when I was at the age of four – sick, starved, almost naked and frustrated with no hope. Thanks God. 

God has been on my side since I was a child up to today. I really extend my sincere gratitude to my loved sponsor who stood by my side up to now, and I do promise that I will never disappoint him or God, who has been witnessing my daily life. Thank you my sponsor.

child-support-letter-ruzamba-niyomwungeliPresently, I am a mature adult, and above all it’s through your hands I grew up to become an adult with a mission to change my family, my community, my country and the world at large. My dear sponsor what can I give you and what can I say if it had not been your incomparable love you extended to me and my family. I believe in the next day, that I always count as a day of grace and new hope.

My sponsor, I do love you and wish you to see God’s grace day by day. My prayers rest in the hands of God. God of mercy bless my sponsor and Compassion. By God’s love I am who I am because of what you did for my life, where my parents were unable to support me in all the aspects of life.

I cried in my neighborhood, but no one listened to me. I called to my neighbors because of hunger, but there was no boon coming to me. I was sick in my bed, but no one could render a service. But not far from God’s hands, a sponsor, a parent, came to me from the far country that is beyond the sea where my eyes could not imagine a thought. What a blessing and love. God I am too special in your eyes. Thank you God.

My sponsor stretched out both his arms to bring me back to the foundation of hope where I stand right now – with all the courage to make a difference which is positive for my life, my family and my community. God of mercy, bless my sponsor and Compassion.

My sponsor, you became the spiritual, economic and intellectual garb I wear now. You became a friend where many people were not able to welcome me.

My sponsor, I believe that God will always be with you. I really want to assure you that what you did in my life has touched thousands of lives through me; for now I am grown up and am making a positive difference in my family, community, and more especially in my church where I was blessed from.

The God of mercy who brought me to your life is the same God who gave me this real time to say that I really thank you. My sponsor, you came into my life when I could not speak write or read, but now I do write and read. What a friend I do have!

My sponsor, you are my friend, and I do credit you most of my blessings. I believe God has heard my prayers for you, as you pray for me.

Blessings to you.
Ruzamba Niyomwungeli

Courtesy of Compassion International

Please pray for these children in Rwanda, who like this young man, Ruzamba, hope and pray for someone to reach out to them in love today to truly change their lives! See who they are! 

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Birthday Dreams and Tattered Clothes: One Child who needs Hope


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Re-posted from  Stephanie Nunez


 I was looking through Compassion, and saw a sad face.  I typically do not have the reaction I experienced.  This picture literally made me cry.  Unfortunately, I can not sponsor a third child.  It's not financially possible, and my husband reconfirmed that for me.

This little boy, Demelash from Ethiopia, is most likely wearing pass-me-down clothes from an older sister.  A pink, torn up tracksuit.  His little face shows no hope, and his birthday is May 1st!  I'd love for prayers so we can find this child a sponsor.  Take one look at his face, and you can see how desperately in need he truly is.

Thank you for your prayers, and a million thanks to anyone who can help this precious boy, Demelash.

*Praise God for providing for Demelash! Please keep reading below to see other children who, like him, have been waiting for the support and love of someone like you! 



With Love and Prayers,
         Stephanie Nunez


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When we sponsor a child, we shout out our love with volumes, but also with a loving embrace.This is an act of love that any child of any country and any language understands and is immensely changed by.

Their whole life is changed, because you decided to love them from wherever you are in the world.

One choice, one click, one prayer, can change a child's life forever. One child is waiting for your help today!

Please pray for these other children, like Demelash in Ethiopia, who have been waiting a long time for a sponsor as well! 

Or look at the children who have been waiting the longest, regardless of country! 

These children below, from Ethiopia and other countries too, have been patiently waiting and hoping for a sponsor and for some light to shine in their dark world. 






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Please pray for Sostenes who is only 4 years old and you can just see how great his need is from this picture and from his eyes.

Do you see his extended belly? This is a sign of malnutrition and a low protein state in the body- (read more on that here.)

Clearly a sign that he needs help and prayer and all the love and support he can get now- please start praying for him and don't stop until he gets a sponsor!

Pray that he gets a loving sponsor who will encourage him and that he come to know Christ soon!

Sostenes  is from Tanzania and has been waiting almost 250 days for a sponsor! Please pray for this precious child in need!

Sostenes' birthday is August 30th. He enjoys ball games and hide and seek.

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Shruit is an 8 year old girl from India who lives in an area with high risk of exploitation and abuse- it is possible to be sold into sexual slavery in this area, especially at her age.

Shruti enjoys art and reading and there are 4 children in her family. 

*Praise!

 God has come quickly to rescue Shruti 

Pray for other girls like her waiting for a sponsor and in risk of being sold into sexual slavery. 


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Pray for 7 year old Kalkidan from Ethiopia 
Her birthday is August 6th, 2005
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Pray for 8 year old Dibora from Ethiopia
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Please pray for 6 year old Bilal from Ethiopia who has been waiting 217 days and lives in an AIDS affected area

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Please share below in the comments- I would like to hear from you! Have you considered sponsoring a child or do you have a sponsored child that you chose for their birthday or special day? Or what other ways have you chosen the child you sponsor? Or are you still considering your decision?

Have you decided to sponsor a child? Please share with me- I would love to hear this great news and pray for you and your child! Send me an email at jsilverman286 at gmail dot com.

Please pray for 6 year old Mebrat from Ethiopia- her birthday was just on May 2nd and she needs your love and support now! Pray that God comes quickly to her and shows she is not forgotten- that she is His child!
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