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An unlikely reunion: A lost Bible is found and returned thanks to social media

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A good samaritan’s discovery and a West Virginia roadway has created a lasting friendship between two men.

Jim Surratt was running errands before church on Sunday, April 22, 2018, and brought his Bible with him however, his day didn’t go as planned. Surratt said he was taking a game camera to show his friend, but he also had his Bible in his hand, and that’s how he lost it.

“I had them both together to keep from juggling. I put the Bible on the back of my tanto cover and I put the camera in the truck and forgot about the Bible, ” Jim Surrat said.

As he was driving, the Bible slipped off of his truck bed and landed on the entrance ramp from Route 19 heading onto the Southbound lane of Interstate 77 in Beckley.

Later that day, Steven Harrah drove past the ramp, and noticed a black book on the ground.

“I just seen the case and we didn’t know. We figured it was a trucker’s log to be honest with you., and just picked it up to try to return it. We opened him up and his name was on the cover, ” Harrah said.

That’s when Harrah turned to Facebook to help return the Bible to its owner.

“It means a lot. No one wants to see a Bible go to waste, but nobody wants to loose one either, ” Harrah said. 

Surratt said the book is an important part of his life, and he is thankful to have it back.

“I bought this one after being saved and baptized and this means the world to me because I’ve got all my little notes in it. And bless his heart for returning it. If i lost it, I hoped someone would find it, read it and get saved, it would be worth it to be, ” Surratt added. 

Surrat said he knows he wouldn’t have been reunited with his Bible if it didn’t have his name on it. 

“You don’t know when you find a wallet or find something, it belongs to someone and to try every way to get it back to them and thank god I put my name on the Bible or I would have never got this back.”

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