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Bible lost in WWII France returned to SC family

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Pastor Karen Durham (left) and her sister Hazen Bernice George read their father's Bible that was missing since WWII. (File/FOX Carolina) Pastor Karen Durham (left) and her sister Hazen Bernice George read their father's Bible that was missing since WWII. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

It was a divine gift they never saw coming. A Bible that was hidden in the attic of a home in France during World War II has been returned to the American soldier's Upstate family 67 years later.

"Just to be able to hold it and know that it was something that he had 67 years ago," said Pastor Karen Durham. "That it was returned back to the family. We didn't even know that it existed."

It was the Bible their father had while in World War II during the Holocaust.

"It says if this book is lost please send it to me Pvt. John E. Roberts and his company name or to my wife Mrs. Ophelia Roberts," said Durham.

Pvt. Roberts hid the Bible in the attic of a home in France where he was hiding from Nazi troops.

Just a few weeks ago, the family living in that home found the Bible and turned it over to the embassy.

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Durham and her sisters never thought more than 60 years later it would end up in their hands.

"They asked me what does this mean to you and of course I just started crying and I said, 'Sir this means the whole world to me,'" Durham said.

Durham has been the pastor of Westville Church of God and Prophecy in Greenville for 32 years, following in her father's footsteps. When he returned from World War II, he was called to be a pastor.

Recently, Durham began to doubt what she believed was her own calling in a profession where there are few women.

"I began to question,' Lord, is this what I'm supposed to be doing and if not, then Lord I will stop now because I don't want to do something I'm not supposed to,' and the time I prayed that prayer is when this lady found this Bible and took it to the embassy," said Durham.

For Durham and her family, it was confirmation at the right time.

"It gives us assurance the answer is on the way," said Durham's sister Hazen Bernice George.

And they hope others are able to learn from their testimony.

"Just keep hoping because he's a God of hope," said Durham. "He's a God of hope."

Durham also received a letter with the Bible from the family who found it, but it is written in French. She is working to find a translator and hopes to meet the family in person one day.

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