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We Arrived with Everything Intact...Barely

Just wanted to let you know we are back in Paraguay after our two day journey. We did have an adventure or two, though. Of course, with us...there always seems to be adventure in the air!



On Wed. we were waiting in the bus terminal in Buenos Aires and while I was taking a walk with Timmy, Norb sat on top of our luggage reading a book in a corner. A guy walked past him and dropped his wallet and walked on. Another man asked if the wallet was Norb's and he responded that it was not. The man suggested that it belonged to another man that was walking up the stairs and that Norb may want to return it to him. Norb was hesitant to do so, but the other man offered to watch our luggage while Norb returned the wallet to the stranger. Norb quickly ran up the stairs to do a kind deed and by the time he was at the top, the luggage watcher had ran off with our laptop. Norb panicked and asked bystanders which way the thief went. They responded that he went left, when in reality he had gone right. However, Norb was so afraid that someone else might take our bags while he was on the chase, that he just stayed put resolving himself to the fact that we had lost our expensive computer donated to us by dear friends. He was devastated.



The amazing ending to this story is that a police officer saw the whole thing from upstairs and had radioed his partner at the entrance of the station and stopped the thief just before he was making his getaway. The thief dropped the laptop and escaped the cop, but we recovered our computer!!!



We consider this no less than a miracle. Our friends had their laptop stolen last year from the same bus terminal and they did not recover theirs, unfortunately. The cops even said how rare it is to recover items, because the thieves are so quick and sneaky. We are grateful to God for his GRACE to us, even when we did not deserve to have our computer returned to us. We are also thankful that there are a few honest police officers in South America. We certainly learned a few lessons and we just keep thanking God for watching out for us, even when we make mistakes.

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