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We are asking for your prayers again, friends.  We were robbed this week.  While we have had chairs stolen from our patio, clothes stolen from our clothesline and shoes stolen from our front porch, this is the first time in seven years (we celebrate our 7th year anniversary in Paraguay today!) that we have had someone steal inside our home.

We arrived home from a funeral (we were the choir) around dusk and as we pulled up to gate of our house, Norberto's mother said she saw a light go off in the house.  Norberto ran into the house and our door was wide open and our curtain had been pulled down. 

Also, as we were pulling in there was an unknown man in front of our house texting on his cell phone.  When Norberto greeted him, he looked down at the ground.  We have no neighbors and since this man was just "hanging out" that was our clue that he was working with the person inside.

We realized immediately that although we arrived before they could take much, the thieves grabbed the money ($209) that Norberto and his mom had just been given from teaching/gas money at the Bible school in Posadas, which was on the kitchen table.

We also believe they took several house keys and his extra set of motorcycle keys.  This poses a huge concern for the security of our house and we will be changing the locks on our doors asap. We are also trying to close the rest of our home (we are still under construction and don't have all the windows in yet) so we are going to press to finish that now.

Our friend, who farms the land next to our house, had told us that he heard whistles the other day and saw a young man jump our fence, so we knew that people were scoping out our place.   It is a terrible feeling to be violated this way.  It is easy to start worrying about what will disappear next and whether or not someone might break in while we are home.    We are asking the Lord to calm our spirits, keep us safe and we love what the Psalmist David wrote in chapter 27:

The LORD is my light and my salvation—
       whom shall I fear?
       The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
       of whom shall I be afraid?
-Psalm 27:1

We ask that you pray with us that God put his guardian angels of protection around our home and around us and pray that whoever has stolen from us will come to know the love of God and turn from crime.


  1. Julie, I am praying. I was broken in on while John was out of town one night. I awoke and the thief was standing at the foot of my bed. It was just Daniel and I at home. It was very traumatic to say the least and it was a miracle I survived because the man had a knife. I am praying for your emotional healing because for someone to plot the theft and to enter your home like that is very violating. The scripture that helped me the most was John 10- you can find your good pasture in HIM- in spite of the thieves.

  2. julie- i LOVE you, and i am so very sorry that this has happened. i am prayng- for you and your family's safety,and that God and his protection will be so real to you.

  3. Julie, I am so sorry this happened to you. It's terrible the feeling of violation when someone works so hard to wrong you, I pray God will grant you peace in the midst of this hard time. Hugs from the Chaco.

  4. Definitely brings up lots of scary feelings and conflicting emotions! Praying for healing and a sense of peace and protection...also that you can finish your house quickly! So sorry to hear about this...

  5. It almost seems like it's not an "if" but "when" in terms of being robbed in our 'neck of the woods'. So glad you arrived before they had time to take any more. And how cool is it that the Candle project is just about exactly the amount taken?! I had written Heidi earlier that it is so great to see God supply in unexpected ways -- could write a book about it! But will be praying for your peace of mind and the ability to move beyond the experience and not dwell too much on it {which is my tendency :-(}.

  6. Julie, So sorry this has happend. God will provide I know as we have had our car stolen before. This is such a problem in Latin America. Praying for you all. So glad no one was hurt. Bendiciones!


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