My Bible’s Mysterious Journey – by Kandus Thorp

We all have things that are very dear and precious to us. Things that we can’t imagine living without. My most precious possession is my Bible.

I’ve had this Bible for almost 15 years, and it travels with me everywhere I go. It is filled with highlights as well as dates by special promises that we’ve prayed as a family or that I’ve prayed individually. Various passages have come alive in times of distress and have brought comfort and courage. Nothing could replace this precious Bible!

With this in mind, you can imagine my distress when last October 2015, I accidently left my Bible in a rental car.  We prayed earnestly as we contacted the rental company, asking them if they could find it. But our efforts to locate my precious Bible were to no avail. All appeared hopeless. How I missed my Bible! It felt as if there was a hole in my heart. How could I be SO careless? I continued praying and pleading that miraculously God would bring my Bible back to me.

Finally, several months later, in early in December, I got a message on Facebook from a complete stranger. It was a lady sending me pictures of my Bible. She told me excitedly, “I can’t believe this, but I found your Bible in my rental car and it’s just what I need. Can I just keep it for a few days so I can read more in it?”

I was thrilled! God had finally answered my prayer. Since I happened to be in South Africa at the time, traveling for Hope Channel, I wrote her back that it would be no problem for her to keep my Bible a few days as I wouldn’t be home right away. However, I sent her my address and fully expected that it would be in my mailbox when I returned. But when I got home, still, there was no Bible.

Urgently I contacted her again, telling her how precious my Bible was to me and that I’d really like to have it back. She shared with me some of the challenges in her life and promised to return it. Finally she responded. “I’m so sorry. I feel really bad. But I have a busy house with small children and I have no idea where it has gone to.”

My heart sank. Meanwhile every day, it seemed every time I turned around I continuing missing my precious Bible!

We kept in contact every few weeks, and I continued to pray “Oh Lord, you know where my Bible is. Can you please bring it back to me?” At one point she even told me that she’d had a dream that she had found my Bible. I just prayed harder!

A couple more months went by, then one day I received an e-mail message from another stranger. This time it was a man. He was sending me a picture of the front of my Bible. He wrote, “I found your Bible in my rental car!” Ironically it was the same rental vehicle I too had rented!

I called him on the phone right away. As it turned out, he was only one-hour drive away from where we lived. My husband and I looked at each other, and then told him, “We’re coming right now!” So we hopped in our vehicle and went to reclaim the precious Bible.

Where my Bible traveled on it’s mysterious journey and how God used it during our almost 6+ months apart, I may never know during this life. However, I’m looking forward to hearing the full story from my angel when I get to heaven. I’m so thankful to have it back. One thing I know for sure, is that my Bible means more to me than I ever realized!

Truly God does care and He does answer our prayers!

Kandus Thorp is director for international development at Hope Channel. This story was initially shared on the live program “Let’s Pray,” which she co-hosts weekly on the Hope Channel. To tune in or learn more, visit:

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  • khethiwe

    Wow beautiful testimony. I would like to believe that the hands that paged through your bible while it was missing from you got some special message from God.

    • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

      Amen I believe so.I also lost my bible a couple of years ago and O how I missed it.It got back eventually after 1 year what a joy.

  • Gina Geertsma

    What a beautiful experience you had. God works in a mysterious ways. Sometimes the things that we lost can be the things that the founder needs. I can imagine how you love and treasure your bible. That’s how I feel also for my bible. I have it for a long time and I always bring it wherever I go. I felt I am secure when I have it with me specially when I travel. This is my precious weapon to counter all trials and tests. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story.

    • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

      Amen Gina.

  • N B

    God uses mysterious way to spread his message. Amen.

  • Natasha

    We serve a prayer answering God indeed! Many mysteries would be unfolded when we get to heaven. May God give us hearts that long for heaven with every breadth we take on earth. God bless you Sis. Thorp

    • Thembie Mapingire

      Amen to that Natasha. I long for heaven.

  • Merle B. Platel

    Thank God, and praise the LORD! So happy for you. some years ago, I lent my Counsels on Diet and Food to someone in our church, and I have forgotten the name of the person who borrowed it. The same case with my Prophets and Kings book. I hope that whoever have those books have read it and profited from reading them. They are precious to me, but not as precious as my Bible, and am I glad that I have it always with me wherever I go.

  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen and Amen

  • Marilyn Fletcher

    A beautiful testimony. Thank you for sharing it. God works in mysterious ways.

  • Desiree

    Inspiring testimony,thank GOD for answered prayers.

  • Viveen McLeary

    Thank you so much Kandus for sharing this inspiring story. God does hear and answer prayers. May God continue to bless you as you encourage others to find Him and to develop a relationship with Him. I too look forward when I get to heaven to hear from my angel the many times I have been saved from certain situations in my life that could have been detrimental.

  • Annette Alleyne

    What a remarkable God we serve. Great is His faithfulness. I took look forward to hearing how many hearts were blessed because of your missing bible. May God bless all the lives that encountered it during your period of separation.

  • Kathy Zeka

    I “lose” Bibles intentionally. I mark them up and leave them somewhere in the hands of Jesus.

    • Caylin Solomon

      Cool! Good idea. But no have only one marked Bible 😊.

  • Jerry Page

    Thanks Kandus for that touching answer to prayer!! God is so personal and He knows how much my Bible marked up like a journal with dates etc means to me. Happy you got it back and it will be fun in heaven to hear where it went and how it was used!!

    In Him

  • D.V.B.

    Praise God for answered prayers. He doesn’t always answer on our timeline but His timing is perfect. I also praise God for answered prayers: Some of you have been praying for my dad who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. They gave him 6-9 months life expectancy. Praise the Lord, we are now in the 7th month; praise the Lord we were able to celebrate his birthday last week and praise the Lord he finally went to church with me this past Sabbath. God has begun a good work in him and I know God is willing and able to complete it.

  • God is concerned with all our needs, small needs and big needs. He desires to put smiles on the faces of His children.
    Thank God for answered prayers.

  • Kaiser

    Wow that was a nice read. To God be the Glory. I also love reading from my Bible, I do not get lost in it I go straight to where I want to go if I want to quote a verse

  • Unathi Nozulu

    Beautiful story indeed, it makes me wonder on a personal note what are things we hold on too and call them precious in our lives.

  • Letty Kaltonga

    Amen and Amen, powerful testimony, you know know the LORD is using your Bible as a missionary to two people there. What ever happens you will never only the Holy Spirit knows and will tell you one when you get to heaven. I believe your Bible has touched hearts and has led them to the LORD only God knows. If God does not use us to be part of His discipleship He will use His creation and His Holy Word to bring the lost souls to Him in Gods speeding and willing.

  • Caylin Solomon

    What a beautiful testimony! I also have a very precious Bible that I received on my 8th birthday, which is very well marked. Sometimes I wonder if God will use it to reveal the truth to some seeker.