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Karen was wondering what God’s plan was for her life and the pursuit of a husband had produced no end of frustration. But she turned to the Bible for inspiration. “I remember God’s word from the book of Jeremiah,” she recalled. “I know what plans I have in mind for you, plans for peace, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

The 36-year-old from Singapore believed God’s Word, but she didn’t know how His plan might be revealed. She persisted in her membership on CatholicMatch, even though it didn’t seem like it was going anywhere. She made a lot of online connections, including overseas pen pals and went on some dates at home, but dating relationships were not able to progress to the next level.

In September of 2007—after six years as a CatholicMatch member, the question of whether Karen was seeing anyone came up in a prayer group she was a part of, directed to her by a missionary. “I thought her question was rather odd,” Karen recalled. “This missionary is…close to God and I knew she kept me in her prayers…that set me pondering.”

While Karen pondered, Henry was moving in her direction. 40-years-old and also from Singapore, he came upon the CatholicMatch ad online and decided to check the website out. As a new member, his profile came up prominently in the search Karen ran after her encounter with the missionary. “At the time the only thing I could see was send an emotigram since I was a non-paying member,” she told CatholicMatch.

Extensive correspondence laid the groundwork for Henry to eventually propose to Karen

Karen had also caught Henry’s attention. He loved her big smile, and summoned up the courage to also send an emotigram and to write out a message. When she didn’t reply, he thought Karen had lost interest.

“I dragged my feet on subscribing,” she admitted. “Maybe I was jaded after being on a couple blind dates or maybe it was being stingy.” But an act she attributes to Divine Providence intervened.

Karen was accidentally friended by someone on Facebook, in case of mistaken identity. But it turned out Karen recognized the person and recalled that she had recently married someone from the Netherlands. “She shared with me how they met online…her faith sharing gave me the courage to become a paid member of CatholicMatch.”

Now Henry got a reply to his message. In fact he got much more than that. Over the next couple months a series of messages adding up to 40 or 50 total ensued and it paved the way for them to meet in November 2007.

The groundwork for their relationship was well-established through the messaging and they moved ahead to engagement and ultimately married in January 2010. Today they have a 15-mont-old daughter.

“I am reminded time and again how God has brought us together,” Karen marveled. Indeed, a series of unlikely coincidences had wrought the plan for hope that He intended for both her, Henry and little Joan Isabel.

Henry & Karen have been happily married since January 2010 have a 15-month-old daughter

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7 Comments

  1. Kathy-730470 June 30, 2012

    I love your story !! It is beautifully told. God bless you both and your little girl too !

  2. Anna-671172 July 1, 2012

    Beautiful story with a clear bottomline: Do not lose hope. Karen and Henry you make a very cute couple. God bless you

  3. Iveth-708220 July 1, 2012

    Congratulations, God bless you guys!!!!1

  4. Francisco-687803 July 2, 2012

    Nicely done! I guess we always want to have a timeline or some sort of agenda of how things should play out, but God in the end always has the last word on how and when things happen.

  5. Mercy-794463 July 2, 2012

    Congratulations, its a Beautiful story! God bless you both abundantly!!!

  6. Diezza-862469 July 3, 2012

    Indeed, God works mysteriously in His time! Wonderful story! Have a happy and God-centered married life. All the best Karen and Henry! :)

  7. Anne-702606 August 17, 2012

    Karen and Henry, Congratulations! God’s timing is the best. Proverbs 4:18 “The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of the day” Here God promise that your path will shine brighter and brighter as you seek His truth and righteous in every situation. Karen and Henry you’ve now seen God’s plans for you and it is also an encouragement to every single member. God bless you and your family.

    Anne

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