Hello. My name is Larry. The story your about to read is true. I was hesitant at first in sharing this story, but with a little encouragement from a friend , I thought…why not!! Maybe someone out there reading this can benefit from my story an avoid the same problem that I had to go through.
Lets start from the beginning……
About 4 years ago, I decided it was time to pack up my things and sell all that I could and then give the rest away to my friends. Why? Because of this woman right here
I was pretty settled in back in Alaska living in my adorable little cabin out side of town. No running water and a port 0 potty out back. For me, this was the life. Ohh yea…Here is where I used to live before my whole world changed.
It may not look like much, but for me it was the perfect place….But, back to my story.
So here I was with a plan. Sell all my worldly goods and move to the Philippines and marry a girl I been talking to for a year and 7 months. Almost daily we were online , texting, or sending emails. We were always talking, singing, eating, and praying together online.
But one day I decided that it was time to take a leap of faith and ask her to marry me. I had never been married before and I had no children. For many years, I had been praying for my wife (whoever she was). Asking God to watch over her an keep her safe until we one day when we can finally be together. That day had arrived.
One thing I knew….God already knew where she was. He had been keeping her safe all these years waiting for the day when we would meet. I knew that God ( I know) was preparing us for a new life. A journey of sort. He had a plan for her. He had a plan for me. And now…we were about to start this journey together. To God be the Glory!!!
One key thing of importance I must add here.. I told Argelyn from the beginning that I love God more than her and I did not want her to love me more than God. For I knew to do so would result in a terrible divorce. Most marriages that I had known about almost always ended in a terrible divorce when they did not keep God as the center of their relationship. Therefore, I did not want that to happen to us as well. I had always believed for as long as I could remember: If One keeps God first in all thing; God will honor and bless them…all the days of their life.
Well, the day finally arrived. I had almost all of my personal things either sold or given away. I had dropped out of my junior year of college at UAF, had told everyone my goodbyes, and my friends threw me a going away party. Everything was complete and now I was about to embark on journey to the unknown.
I had my friend take me to the airport around 1 a.m.The whole time consistently texting argelyn to let her know where I was, what I was doing, and how excited I was in finally getting to meet her face to face. But the journey of a life time was about to change….
I left Fairbanks alaska around 2:30 a.m. and was to arrive in Anchorage about an hour later. From there I was to board another plane going to seattle, wa. When I arrived at my destination in anchorage I decided to to get some snacks at a vending machine, but as I reached for my wallet it wasn’t there. I was so frantic and scared. Everything I had was in that wallet. $13,000, debit card, social security card, and drivers license. I was about to enter a foreign country with no money.
When I discovered it was gone I ran back up the escalater ( it was going down) and told the stewardess that was still standing there I needed to go back inside the plane because I had dropped my wallet in my seat when I fell asleep. She said that the plane had already been moved and it was being cleaned. She got on the phone and tried her best to help me, but everyone said there was no wallet. To this day, I know what happened.
I had put the wallet in my front pocket. I was wearing black jogging pants. They are not the best to wear when you got a fat wallet. Because I had no back pockets, I had to put it in my front pocket. The pockets are not very deep. So while I was napping, somehow they had slipt out and fallen to the floor. When I woke up people were already starting to get off the plane. So I quickly grabbed my bag I had with me and hurried off the plane, while my wallet lay either on the seat or the floor. I also believe that one of the cleaning crews, or a passenger, saw it lying there and took it. I sure could of used an honest person at that time.
When traveling to a foreign country be sure to put your money in a very safe and secure place.
Well there was no turning back now. I already sold all my personal things and Argelyn was waiting for me. How embarrassing this was going to be. It was really a sad moment in my life, but at the same time I was excited and so anxious to finally be with the woman of my dreams. Now it was time to tell Argelyn what happened. So when I landed in Taipei I called her on the phone with a phone card I found in my bag.
As I told her what happened she started to cry. She was more upset than I was. But I told her I will have to contact my bank as soon as I arrived to get another debit card sent to me. But that was going to take about 2 weeks.So I had no clue what Iwas going to do. I just prayed and asked God to show me what to do and to give us peace. So that is what I did. I gave my problem to Him…or I should say, I tried really hard to give him my problem. But I kept praying though..
When I arrived in Manila, I had to transfer to another flight to Cebu. But in the philippines they want money for everything. Which I did not have at the moment. So when I got to the boarding gate they wanted 200 phs. I tried my best to explain what happened, but they did not care. They just started talking tagalog (which i do know know) and was laughing among themselves. I was really embarrassed. But God had a little angel there. This local lady, whom I never met, walked up to me and gave me 200ph. I thanked her and said God Bless you. To this day I always wonder about her.
After I got through the gate (with many people looking at me) I proceeded to sit down, but as I was walking another lady walked up to me and gave me 50ps. I was really thirsty. God knew that. And he sent me another angel. I never had that happen to me before and all I could think of was that God was with me and watching me.
All that was left now was a short plane trip to cebu (about 45 mins) and I would have all this traveling behind me. But as excited as I was about being with my fiance and getting married, I was wondering what she was going to say about my demise. I did not know how we were going to eat, pay rent, etc…..I just kept praying. Thats all I could do.
But it gets better….
When I arrived in cebu, they had lost my bags. Now here I was with no cloths or toothbrush. Wow!!! All I could do was just laugh. But deep down inside I wanted to cry. But I just kept praying. Thats all I could do.
If this is sounding unbelievable your right. But every word is true. Lets go on it gets a little bit better:
Well I finally was with Argelyn. I told her I was so sorry about what had happened and I felt so small at that moment. I should of had about 1,000,000 ph for our future. But now, I had nothing. I kept thinking to myself, that someone is having a great time with my money about now. I was trying hard not to be angry.
I remember a time I lived in hawaii and I had found a wallet with about $900 in it. So I traced down the owner and gave it to him. He was so thankful. He even gave me a reward. I know that I would of given a reward to….
well I soon found out after we got in a taxi with argelyn and her papa, that she had saved all the money that I had been sending her for over a year. I was truly blesseed. I was also impressed with her for not wasting what I know she could of spent. She grew up very very poor. She didnt have much of anything, yet she had the opportunity to buy clothes or gifts for the family, but instead, she puts it all in the bank. I really…was….happy at that moment. We now had enough to keep us until my debit card showed up.
So for you out there who read this I have one bit of advice about the lady you are currently involved in. If she really loves you she rather save the money for the future than spend it on herself.
Its now been almost 3 years since that happened. Now we are happily married and have a wonderful son. We named him, happy. He is healthy. We are healthy and everyday we thank God for taking care of us.
We are currently looking into getting a house to take care of homeless children in. We are not sure about when it will happen or how, but one thing we know that God’s ways really are much higher than our own. He sees all. He knows all…..and even more, He loves us all!!!!