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Retrieving Blue

When we went to get our truck back last week we couldn't find the buyers or our truck. They had changed their cell phone numbers and we wondered if we'd ever get our vehicle back. Norberto went five times to the buyer's home and never found them. We were very discouraged to realize that these "Christian" folks were hiding from us. We went on Sunday night and finally found someone who would talk with us, the grandmother. Norb talked kindly to her and told her that we want to work this situation out peacefully. She admitted that her son and his wife were hiding the truck in a different part of town and that she would show us where it was. She also told us she'd call us when her son showed up at home, so we'd know exactly when to "pay them a visit". She also mentioned the name of their pastor, who happens to be a personal friend of ours. She called around midnight and said that they had just arrived home. Norb decided he would go arrive at their home around daybreak, before they had the chance to escape again.

Norb drove the hour distance to their city. First, he stopped at their pastor's house and asked him to accompany him to their house. After briefly explaining the situation, he agreed. They arrived at their home at six a.m. yesterday and the grandmother said to her son and his wife, "Wake up, your pastor is here." When they saw their pastor with Norberto their faces went white.

They tried to excuse their behavior; they had been using our truck for nearly two months without making a single payment and with no intention of returning it or paying for it. After their pastor told them that they had to make things right, they agreed that they needed to give us back our truck. They went to go retrieve it from its hiding place and were gone for over an hour. The pastor left and Norberto prayed that they wouldn't run away. However, the grandmother said, "They will come back." They gave us back our truck and Norberto praised God all the way home that God touched their hearts to do what was right. This whole week we remembered David's words in Psalm 103:
The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.

We thank God for an honest abuela and her information. We are thankful that we knew their pastor and that he was willing to guide the buyers do act justly. We thank you for your prayers as well. We have learned a few lessons from this situation too and in the meantime, will keep the Blue Cruiser around for a little while longer...


  1. Very happy to hear you got the truck back, that is an answer to prayer...what a tough situation. Happy, too, for those willing to help!

  2. What a relief! I'm so thankful for how God worked on your behalf!
    Hugs from the Chaco coming your way!


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