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21 Days of Prayer & Fasting: Day 16

America World’s goal is to make sure that orphaned children get the opportunity for a better life. We not only help provide shelter, food, education, and medical care to orphaned children around the world but most importantly, we help them get adopted into loving families. This year 100 children have already come home.

As we enter the Season of Hope we are once again entering into a 21-day time of prayer and fasting. Each day has a special scripture focus as well as a devotional written by America World adoptive mom, Cheri Strange. Enjoy Day 16 below, and please continue to join us each day for a time of prayer and devotion as we focus on meeting the needs of children worldwide.

Day 16 of 21 • This day’s reading

Not long after my birthday one spring, my dad, my mother, and I flew in a small Cessna airplane to pick up my dearest friend. Shortly after takeoff on the return trip, up in the sky, the engine sputtered. Then it quit entirely. My pilot father called for help on the radio but that didn’t work, either. Within milliseconds, we were going down. And fast.

Suddenly as the plane descended closer to the ground, my dad had to make a decision from two bad options. Should he try to fly over the power lines or attempt to fly the plane under them? Either way, we were headed toward the inevitable.


Sometimes you and I find ourselves between a rock and a hard place. We can even get there by God’s design. When escaping Egypt, the Israelites found themselves penned in between an impenetrable enemy army and an impasse made of water. But God spoke to Moses and gave some crazy instructions about the dead end. There was no Door Number Three. The choice was ultimately, trust God or perish.

Does this sound familiar?

Maybe not to the perish-extreme, but have you found yourself in such a jam that all other routes are downright horrible to worse, and the only alternative was to trust God? There are more expenditures than money. The need for people to serve exceeds the bodies who are willing. Your child with a history of trauma has exhausted your experience and expertise. There is too much responsibility and not enough time in the day. Problems and pressures have burdened you until you don’t know what else to do.

When we find ourselves in a predicament like this, look to how God instructed Moses and the Israelites.

Tell the people of Israel to go forward.”

They were to go ahead in the direction where He had called them, even though it looked impassable. And when the people of God acted in faith, they were able to participate in the miraculous!

God only knows where His Word finds you today. Drink deeply of the truths found within it. Pray it through. Allow them to roll over your heart. Meditate on it until you can recognize, like Moses, when He is telling you to go forward or when He means you to stand still.

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