Christian Testimony - February 2003

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 I created my profile and attached my picture, not really expecting anything to happen, even quite skeptical about it.  

Steven holds Karis

Karis and Steven are perfect for each other!

I received so many letters and messages and I met several friends and they are all nice people.

Thank you so much for your beautiful web site! Steven and I met here last year. An advertisement of your web site appeared on the screen while I was writing an email for a cousin.

Days after joining, Steven sent me a quick message asking me why I picked the name "musicbox", so I viewed his profile and saw that sweet smile on his face, I had to reply.

Soon we became good friends. We started sharing our faith experiences and how God has touched our lives. We exchanged emails and sent pictures to each other, talked over the phone and chat almost everyday.

We were both so open to each other and our daily chats purified our intentions and motives. It has helped us define more our dreams and goals in this life. Our friendship grew deeper so we decided to meet and promised to have an open mind and heart as the will of God continues to unfold.

We vowed to remain friends no matter what. The thought of meeting him was like meeting someone I have known for a very long time... And so the day came!

He came all the way here to the Philippines from West Virginia, travelled half the globe for us to meet. And right there and then, we knew that it's love. God made a way for us! A miracle happened!

We spent time together here in my native country and he met my family and friends. We made priceless memories that will forever remain in our hearts and they're pure and honest and lovely, simply beautiful!

I can't stop thanking and praising God!

Steven proposed last January 2003 at Lakawon Island, in the middle of the ocean here in the Philippines during one of our trips with the family and some friends. The moment was so perfect.

There was peace in both of our hearts, overflowing joy and gratitude. We are both so happy and we thank you for being God's instrument in bringing our hearts together.

God is faithful to complete the beautiful work He has begun in our lives and has played a major part in that. We will continue to include you in our prayers and may you be blessed even more in uniting hearts and souls for the greater glory of our One True God, Jesus Christ! Laus Deo!

Karis-musicbox {Philippines} & Steven {West Virginia} February 2003

[Editor's note: See March 2003 testimonial for their other post]

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 Thank you for introducing us.  

Christian couple Exchanging vows

Doug and Stacey on their wedding day

Stacey and Doug embrace

Doug and Stacey aren't letting go!

We are looking forward to serving the Lord together and continue to share Our Story of how we met through

Doug & Stacey February 2003

 I decided to try again with little hope that I would actually connect with someone.  

Aaron keeps Debbie from falling

Debbie didn't give up and now look at her - she found Aaron!

Having had no "luck", or better yet, unsuccessful attempts in the past with long distance relationships, I was just a bit skeptical in trying my hand at a Christian site again.

I figured that I would only end up meeting someone from a distant state. A little over a year ago, I had tried out but to no avail. With that said, one day in mid December, I joined again.

Low and behold, God seemed to have other plans, because as I was browsing profiles one day I received a quick message from someone. The interaction began.

I was initially impressed with her physical appearance, but as I read further, what really stood out above all else was Debbie's Godly character...the very thing I desired most in someone I would pursue.

Her passion for God's Word, love for children, a heart for the lost, also being a soccer player, and countless other things really caught my eye. We chatted for a little over a week, shortly thereafter began talking on the phone, and then after prayerful consideration decided it was time for me to go visit her.

I live in Chicago, and she lives in New Jersey, so it wasn't just any short trip across town. That was at the end of December, and since then I have had the opportunity to fly out there twice more in about a one-month period.

God has just blown us away with the way that we are able to encourage each other through the truth of His word. It's definitely a Proverbs experience ("As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another"). We get to share about the frustrations and joys of our work through text messages and phone conversations on a daily basis, and she's coming to Chicago in a week to visit me.

The way HE has drawn us each individually closer to Christ in the time we've been together is the most exciting thing. We are just as excited with what God is doing not only in but also through our relationship. As we daily walk in obedience to the truth of His word, we are trusting that He will further guide us in the relationship He has SO blessed us with.

The qualities I see in Debbie are unmatched, and I am truly grateful that God has brought her into my life!!! Once again, God has shown me that His sovereign plan destroys any thought that "luck" could possibly exist.

Aaron-Aaron612 {Illinois} & Debbie-keeper457 {New Jersey} February 2003

[Editor's note: See April 2003, May 2003, September 2003 for other posts and February 2004 testimonial for their engagement announcement!]

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 Here are some wedding photos.  

Christmas wedding on the beach for these former single Christians

Tropical wedding in beautiful Brazil for Vanias and Clint

A Christian couple cuddle outside in Michigan

Vanias and Clint cuddled up for their Christmas wedding in Michigan

I'm sending pictures of the ceremony in Brazil (December 14th), and here in Michigan (Dec.21st), where I live happily with my husband.

Notice the difference in the weather (lol). And thanks once more for being there for Christians who want to obey the Word of God and marry Christians.

May the Lord bless you abundantly. In Christ,

Vanias {Brazil} & Clint {Michigan} February 2003

[Editor's note: See October 2002 to read another submission by their friends!]

 I am getting married on July 12th to an amazing man I met here almost exactly one year ago.  

No job too big for Darren as he poses next to his new Christian girlfriend

Kim with "Captain Amazing", Darren!

In fact, my nickname for him is "Captain Amazing".

When I was sick, he made homemade chicken soup, if I'm stressed, he'll pick me up for a moonlit drive to the beach, and on those rare occasions that I am discouraged or blue, he will hold me and tell me everything is going to be okay :)

And he's a hopeless romantic. I didn't think that a man with such a fine combination of integrity, chivalry, intellect, humor, respect, and character existed - but thanks to you I found one!

We have become best friends over the last year of dating and feel like two peas in a pod. Also, I am a seminary graduate and I feel called to preach; it takes a very special man to walk side by side with a strong woman in ministry.

Darren is that special man, and he's got a heart of gold... he even calls me every night before bed just to pray for me. Thank you for introducing me to the love of my life.

Kim & Darren February 2003

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 Thank you so much for giving us the avenue to meet!!!  

Keri holding her wedding flowers next to her new husband

A very happy Keri on her wedding day!

I met my Husband on We were both on in March, we talked by Internet and phone for a while then he drove from Missouri to Indiana for us to meet in person.

We are now happily married. We were married on September 28th.

I've told all my single friends about, it's a wonderful site!

Keri {Indiana} February 2003

 I have many reasons to give thanks to God every day, but having found to Charles, he has been the best gift that I have received for a long time  

Christian couple hug and smile after traveling to meet in person

Sandy with her wonderful man!

One year ago we met each other through and although the difficulty of the distance and of the frontiers that exist in the earth has made us separate, we are hoping to be together soon and to form a family united in the love of God.

I hope very soon I can be thanking to have given me to the best husband and man that a woman can want. This message is also for him, that is a wonderful man.

Sandy February 2003

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 I'd had so many problems with meeting women online, I just didn't want to deal with it anymore.  

It changed when I signed up to I was a member during the year 2000 and re-upped for another year in October, 2002.

Two weeks after I signed up, I met Josie on the cafe. On a whim, I decided to make the four-hour trip from Cape Cod to New York to meet her...and found the woman of my dreams.

Most importantly, she feels the same about me!

I know in my heart that God has provided me with my life partner and best friend for life, and I owe it all to the Lord and to Thank you so much.

Chris & Josie February 2003

 Another good match has happened.  

The two of us met through and we were 400 miles apart. We have been together for the past 7 months and plan a possible marriage in the future.

Good things do happen through the Lord and at

anonymous February 2003

 I am delighted to say that I shall no longer be needing the services of  

I have recently gotten married to one of your former members, Suzanne. I enjoyed using your service and wish you all the success and God's blessings for the future.

Robert & Suzanne February 2003

 Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!  

Thank you folks at for a nice stay at your site.

Although I didn't meet the "love of my life" while here, I did make some wonderful friends and for that I thank you.

Glenn February 2003

 The comfort level in Christian Cafe is warm and friendly.  

I only hope people's profile's reflect truly who they are, and not becoming a "sales pitch" atmosphere. The Lord delights in authenticity, and I focus on that. I pray I will see that come to life as I am out in Christian Cafe.

Blessings to you and your service on the Web.....

Ron February 2003

 A pleasure to be part of  

You guys do an awesome job with this service in keeping it so ship-shape.

Anthony February 2003

  have met the Christian woman of my dreams and prayers!  

It all started back in August of 2002 when I became a member and started browsing the profiles. Of all the responses that I received, and I received many of them, one profile stuck in my mind.

We started chatting and I told her that she was the only reason that I had renewed my membership. She "Instant Messaged" me back and said, "Thank you for finding me!" We continued to email and Sandra finally sent me her phone number.

We had a wonderful visit. After about a month of talking on the phone and getting to know each other better, she was the first to ask when she could meet me.

We set a meeting date of October 4th, 2002. When I met her at the airport, she was more beautiful than I had originally imagined! Her wonderful personality and contagious smile sent the message to my heart that this was the one.

Because we live on opposite sides of the United States, we have since seen each other only 3 times, and I surprised her and proposed on January 16th of this year, the day before her birthday.

She said "Yes," and our wedding date is set for October 4th, 2003, the day that we met.

We talk every night on the phone, and before she goes to sleep I pray with her. She still says "Thanks for finding me.", you provide a wonderful service, and I encourage others to never give up.

Just think, what would have happened if I had never renewed my membership?

May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with you all.

Eddie & Sandra February 2003

 I believe God used to bring us together because He has been working miracles in our lives almost constantly.  

We lived within 16 miles of each other when we started communicating. Randy invited me to a church singles function and realized we had a lot in common and we were instantly attracted to one another.

We married on January 26, 2003, and we are extremely happy. I know in my heart of hearts we were meant to be together, and we give all the glory to God.

Debbie & Randy February 2003

 If it wasn't for and God's direction I would have never met Brent.  

I just wanted to write to encourage people in God. He is the one who makes the plans for our lives, and our time on earth is in His hands.

When I joined, it was because I didn't have any Christian friends. I was very against the idea of actually meeting a guy that could be more than "an occasional chat" about our walks with God.

BUT, God-willing I did meet... a really awesome guy. He challenges me in my spiritual walk, but encourages me all of the time. He has truly turned into a best friend to me.

I don't know what the future holds for us, but we know that our friendship is in God's hands and He will do what He feel will be best. I encourage everyone to pray about what God really wants in your life, and who knows maybe I will have even a better testimonial one day!

anonymous February 2003

 I remember the exciting day clearly!!  

We met on on May 15, 2002. With emails, chatting and phone calls we got to know each other well.

We met in June, him coming from New York State all the way to Florida !! We became engaged on October 1, 2002 and we are now planning on getting married in May, 2003.

We both were looking for that "soulmate" and found each other on this site! Keep up the good work :)

Steve & Vernell February 2003

 I met Pat on your service, which was a direct act of God!!  

She is the most beautiful person inside and out. I thank you for doing "your part" by providing a way to meet. She truly is my "soulbuddy" lol. Thank you!

Ronald February 2003

 Mark and I are engaged to be married after meeting through  

We met in November of 2001 and just became engaged December 22, 2002.

It is a miracle I even found my way to this website, let alone meet my future husband on it.

Deb & Mark February 2003

 I never thought that I would find someone who shared my ideas of marriage, family and for keeping God first.  

My husband and I met on in April 2001 ........met in person during husband drove from West Virginia to Indiana to do so.........

Got engaged in January 2002 and married in April just a year after we met. We feel blessed that God was able to use such a unique tool to bring us together.

If this had not been a Christian service, neither of us would have even considered would have been way too scary! I was beginning to believe that there were no more nice guys out there and that I was doomed to be alone.

After no more than a month online John and I had clicked and our relationship went as fast or as slow as our fingers could type! We have learned never to underestimate from where God is working-he is ALMIGHTY.

Ask, Seek and Knock and maybe you too will find God's blessings for yourself. Keep him first or none of this here on Earth is worth it!

Thanks Approaching one year of marriage,

Jerriann-msjerriann584 {Indianapolis} & John {West Virginia} February 2003

[Editor's note: See May 2007 for their 5 year anniversary post and photos!]

 Christian Cafe is the best dating site I've seen so far, secular or non-secular!  

While I have not met my "right match" I have met tons of decent uplifting and sweet men that I feel blessed to know.

Some will probably be my friends for a long time to come. Also your customer service is excellent, from problems ranging from technical to membership issues, you resolved everything speedily and to my utmost satisfaction.

Additionally, Christian Cafe is extremely well organized and user friendly. And as I mentioned before you seem to attract the most wonderful men (i.e. men with depth, character, values, and respect for women!)

Thanks again, I had a fabulous time!

Ingrid February 2003 is the best and most professional Christian organization ( + website) going around.  

Keep up your great work!

Phil February 2003

 You guys have a excellent web site  

Yes, I have been spreading the word around here to several buddies of mine. We are the clean type Christian guys that live what we speak.

I am a widower at a very early age and it's hard for me to find someone while trying to raise a little one by myself. God has blessed me so far!

And really encourages me a lot!! I showed a friend this site and now he's excited to become a member.

Brent February 2003

 I am so blessed by coming here to  

I came here to look for my man but I came to know that this is a great place where I can meet Christian friends and minister to them. I have gotten so many friends that I was never able to due to my busy schedule but now I get to pray with my friend everyday in the prayer room.

There's many more good stuff here but that's all I will say for right now. God bless Christian Cafe.

Rachel February 2003

 I was completely skeptical about meeting my future spouse via Christian Cafe.  

I'm in awe of God and His knowing exactly what we need. I had tried in the past and had been discouraged by emails from men who were less than sincere...

However, I did give the site another try and God has truly blessed me with the man of my dreams. We are both certain that our future is together and that eventually we will become man and wife. Thanks to for providing us this site to connect with one another... and more importantly, thanks to God for giving me my hearts desire.

Honestly, I thought I would only find friendship here... but instead I found the man I will share my life with. He is so awesome and I am so blessed... I say to any that are discouraged or doubtful.... give your desires to God and let him do the work.

He may not do it immediately, but when He does it will be awesome! He knows what we all need and His timing is absolutely perfect. Thanks so much,

Diana February 2003

 I am one of the great cynics of your website, because I had convinced myself that it was just another site, with just a different name, that would produce the same results -"NADA".  

I have had a membership on on and off since 2001. A few weeks ago, I got a quick message from someone.

We started chatting, which progressed to talking on the phone. We started talking about three weeks ago, met one week after we started talking in person. We have discussed our feelings for one another, and we both agree that there is a powerful force behind our meeting - and He had the help of

I would like to thank you with all my heart for proving this cynical jaded Christian woman wrong and providing a way for me and my soulmate, Leander, to meet.

I would also like to encourage other Christians out there to not be discouraged and to have faith that God will provide for their happiness. I hope that you keep your site going for a long, long time.

Catherine February 2003

 My husband and I met through this wonderful tool.  

We were married December 30, 2002. How can we thank you enough for your service?

We will pray for you, and for, and others who meet through this channel.

anonymous February 2003

 In June 2000 I met someone on Christian Cafe.  

In November 2000 we were married and I've never been so happy in all my life. Thanks to Jesus Christ and

Bella February 2003

 I am engaged to a wonderful lady whom I met on Christian Cafe.  

Our wedding is next month, and I am most grateful that a friend referred me to!

The woman I am marrying is a wonderful person and I thank God for using your site to lead me to her.

Thanks for your help.

JW February 2003

 I want to thank the Lord for leading me to your site way back in October of 2001.  

In December of 2001 I started to correspond with Lana who was also a member at that time. We slowly built a friendship over the next seven months.

Then last summer we started dating. I knew from the outset that Lana was the one God had for me, and boy was it hard waiting for Him to tell her.

Through God's grace, we got engaged on January 11, 2003. We are getting married on August 23rd, 2003!

For all those looking for a relationship heading towards marriage, my advice is to wait upon the Lord and let Him direct your steps. Never get ahead of Him or make a rash decision based on loneliness or your age.

God is able. Psalm 37 gives us the divine principles in waiting. Remember God only has His best in store for you. His best is worth waiting for, no matter where you are in life.

God bless you,

Frank & Laura February 2003

 With you, without Christian Cafe, there would have been nothing on New Year's Eve, just another night out with friends.  

I was thinking that spending my life alone might not be so bad, considering the women I had been dating. I might actually have been better off.

Impossible relationships, God's special gift to me, was impossible relationships. And so while I was on here, I sent a little quick note to a woman with the brightest, most incredible eyes I have ever seen.

That was the beginning, since then, we have become inseparable, the word soulmates comes up quite often. And so on New Year's Eve, 2002, at a party on top of a hotel overlooking Union Plaza in downtown San Francisco, I asked her the question I had nearly lost hope I would ever ask again.

Needless to say, this year promises to be a year I will never forget, as I am going to marry the woman I have always dreamed of finding, on May 17th of this year.

Thank you all for, for your hard work, and for your trust and stoic belief that God does work in all ways possible, all for his greater good.

Christine and I will be residing at our beautiful home in Riverside California, where we hope to enjoy time as a married couple for a while before starting our family.

My best wishes and blessing to those of you who are reading this, I am proof that it does happen, it just takes time and faith that God DOES have a plan for you. God bless you all.

Brett {California} & Christine February 2003

  I never gave up.  

I came across a wonderful man in October. I emailed him and it took him forever but he emailed me finally. I live in the East Coast and he lives on the West Coast.

I just knew this was going to be a problem. But he still was interested. Well, we conversed for about 2-3 months and he came to see me for my birthday which is in Jan. I was so nervous as me, my son and my father met him at the airport.

Well, to make a long story short, he met my whole family with great approval and plus as a surprise for my birthday he preached at my father's church. What a wonderful gift.

I plan to be with this man forever. We are already talking commitment. Thank you Christian Cafe for your wonderful site.

April February 2003

 In April last year I 'stumbled' across Christian Cafe.  

I was searching for Christian poetry sites and when Christian Cafe came up I thought it was a site for 'posting' poetry, so I visited it.

I was very disconcerted to discover that it was a 'dating' site. Curiosity took over though and I had a look around. Curious to see the kind of 'weirdos' that used the site (and to confirm what I thought I knew, that only perverts etc used sites like that) I posted my profile and did a very thorough search and one name was given to me.

I emailed this man through the site and we began corresponding with each other. We were both very wary as we had been through particularly harrowing and painful divorces very recently (then).

Peter lives in Australia and I live in New Zealand. Peter and I came to believe that God was calling us to be together in marriage and we were beginning to love each other deeply despite never having met in person.

On the 8th of January Peter and his 9 year old daughter came to New Zealand to visit (I have 2 boys - 12 & 13). We just knew that God was telling us that we are 'right' for each other, and on the 14th of January we were engaged.

We will be married in New Zealand on the 4th of July and will return to Australia to live at the end of the year. Thanks so much for providing the 'vehicle' which God used to introduce us to each other. God bless you heaps.

Valetta {New Zealand} & Peter {Australia} February 2003

 I am so pleased to ask that you discontinue my membership.  

I owe you more than a man can repay, and yet, I believe in you and what you're doing. I am no one special, but you made me special to someone who is probably God's gift to me and my life.

From someone who did not understand why I joined to someone who knows none of us are in charge, only Him. Please continue your work, but please remove me from the program because He heard me when I asked, He answered with more than I could have ever expected.

A Grateful Member, John February 2003

  I wanted to take a moment and compliment you on Christian Cafe.  

I have certainly enjoyed the few days I had. It is a wonderful ministry and a very easy site to maneuver around.

Shelley February 2003

 Christian Cafe is the best thing that has ever happened to me  

It took 41 years, 2 weeks, 10-1/2 hours before I found the one true "soul-mate" of my life, and she happened to me on this site! I (we) truly believe is anointed by the Holy Spirit to bring people together. She spent about a year and was about to give up looking and expecting "a man like me existed."

I spent about three weeks here and "suddenly" (Acts 16:25-26) there was the answer to my Proverbs 31:10-31 "A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman - who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls."

We both "know" in our "knowers" that this all is of God. We will "meet" in the "flesh" for Valentine's weekend because we have exhausted all other e-mail, snail-mail and esp. telephone (9 hrs per day) resources at our disposal.

Gotta go soon - time to call her again. Bless you all at ChristianCafe. We have not required your services for the last month or so because it does work - sooner for some than others. :-))) he-he-he!!! lol.

P.S. We will soon be married.

Boyd & Patti February 2003

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