The caller had used one of my business cards to find my number. He told me that he had Pam's passport and other things as well. Really? The voice was distinctly Ugandan, but spoken with very good English. He wanted to return the things to Pam and wanted to arrange to give them to me. I was planning to be in Kampala the next day ... today ... and told him we could meet.
Soon after this arrangement I began to wonder if this guy really did find Pam's important documents. Or was I about to be manipulated by a thief or victimized by a gang of thugs.
Trusting police in this African nation is not something that comes easily. It was a difficult decision to inform them of the call and put Detective James in the loop. They get paid little salary and not given the tools and resources they need to do their job. So, it is common for them respond only when money for them is involved.
|Rasheed ... a genuine young man & a youth leader|
He was suppose to show up at the Central Police Station at 5 PM tonight. When James instructed me to call him I discovered his phone was off. I feared I was about to bring some disappointing news home to Pam.
|Back in Pam's possession!|
Still missing is Pam's iPhone, iPod, earphones, $700, 300,000 Uganda shillings, and her cosmetic bag and its contents.
What is amazing to me is that this young man is a Muslim and was pretty sure that Pam and I were born again from the business card he found. He IS genuine and I had a good talk with him after he submitted his statement to James as he will most likely be a witness after we catch the thief and he goes to trial. We plan to meet again along with his father and sisters!
I am so proud of my wife. Pam has not complained to me, anyone else, or God about the loss of her purse and all that is still missing. She has demonstrated real maturity and continues to trust the Lord for whatever evolves from this experience. But, she sure is happy to have her passport and these other things back in her possession. It's amazing that these things have been returned after being disposed of somewhere in this city of 2,000,000 residents. God put them in the hands of genuine person.