LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- As Sheryl and Bob Smith celebrate their 35th anniversary in Las Vegas upon returning from a Florida vacation, they are amazed to learn a stranger has strengthened their faith in mankind and kindness.
Recently on the sands of Pensacola Beach, while the Smiths were enjoying a little rest and relaxation, Sheryl lost her longtime wedding band.
“We were getting ready to leave the beach and when I got ready to get up to take my beach shoes, the water shoes to shake them out, my ring slipped off,” Sheryl said.
She and her husband spent at least an hour frantically looking for the ring that sunk into the sugary white sands.
A stranger nearby, German tourist, Markus Weise, suggested they try a man who had a metal detector. They did. And Markus tried, too. Eventually everyone gave up except Markus. Sheryl Smith handed Markus a pamphlet from her church, Liberty Baptist Church of Las Vegas, and told him if he was ever in Las Vegas that’s where he could find them. She never thought he’d find the ring.
But she had forgotten one thing. Sheryl Smith did pray about finding that wedding band earlier.
“I remember praying to God that he would help us find it,” she said.
So after the Smiths left, Markus just couldn’t let it go. He kept digging for that band of gold.
“I felt like I was driven by something I really couldn't recognize, something just pulled me to keep going, you've got to find that ring, so I kept on going even though it took a lot of time,” he said.
And in a couple of hours he “struck gold.”
“I almost gave up but I found I found it 13-15 inches deep buried in the sand. It was just a little metal thing that ran through my fingers through the sand,” Wiese said.
But now he didn’t even know how to find the couple. Luckily he had that pamphlet and one of his friends managed to get a picture of the couple so they were able to track them down this week in Las Vegas. The Smiths couldn’t believe Wiese went through all that trouble to help them.
“I am so thankful that he is honest and loyal to contact our church. You don't find people like that,” Smith said, “I told him, you know this was all God that God used him to find that ring, I felt God is real, he does answer prayers.”
This weekend the couple has made arrangements to drive to Utah to meet with Wiese to retrieve the ring, before he returns to Germany.