Published March 18, 2014

Shelia Shares....
"Lost & Found"

The Browders are one of the most exciting, captivating family groups in Southern Gospel music today. I recently saw an interesting story from Sonya Browder. The headline was catchy and the story didn't disappoint.

- Shelia

"Singer's Stolen Purse Returned After Eight Years"

William Cowper in the 19th century is credited for saying, "God moves in a mysterious ways, His wonders to perform." If it was true back then, it is certainly true for the Browders today.

It was around eight years ago in Wildwood, GA, and Sonya and Matthew had recently been married. As a matter of fact, Sonya hadn't even changed her driver's license changed yet. Sonya Browder states it best in her own words:

"Approximately eight years ago, not long after Matthew and I were married, the Browders sang at a church in Wildwood, GA. As I walked in to the church just before the concert started, I discreetly put my purse in a box under our merchandise table which was set on the church porch. That probably wasn't the best choice, but it was something I had done many times before and really didn't think anything of it.

"After service, I went out to the table and reached for my purse to find it was gone. I looked everywhere to no avail. We decided that probably some curious neighborhood teenagers had probably snatched it during service. I didn't have a lot of money in it, but most of the gift cards that had been given to us as a wedding gift were in my wallet. I was devastated, but after the initial shock, we decided to chalk it up as a loss and trust that God would provide for the things we needed as a young married couple.

"Fast forward eight years to Sunday, February 23, and we were back at the same church in Wildwood, GA. I really had forgotten completely about my purse being stolen there. As I sat in the front row waiting for the service to begin, the pastor's wife sat next to me with something folded into a paper towel. She peeled back the corner to reveal my gift cards! They had been bulldozing in the back of the church and dug up a nearly disintegrated purse. Instead of discarding it, they opened the wallet, cleaned up the contents and realized they were mine. Most of the cards don't have an expiration date and are still usable. It was an amazing surprise and a great reminder that God can restore what the devil has stolen from you, regardless of time passed or circumstances."

(Thanks to Absolutely Gospel for permission to share this story.)

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