My husband's reputation preceded him by 10,000 miles.
Soon after we finished high school my best friend went to South Africa on a mission's trip. While she was there she took lots of pictures and I remember sitting in her room at her parents house looking through them when she returned. There was a short African guy in a lot of the pictures and she told me that he was really sweet and spent a lot of time with their team. In the mornings, she and another girl would go running and he would go along with them. She said it was to make sure that they were safe.
When I was first dating Kwacha I noticed that he and Christen were friends on Facebook. When I told her that we were dating I asked her how she knew him and she told me that she had met him when she went to South Africa. (He was there attending Christ Seminary.) I only then realized that he was the guy in the pictures!
Who would have thought ten years later, that short African guy would be my husband?!
I didn't spend a lot of time in my teens and young 20's praying for my future husband. But I did occasionally. At least I hoped he was out there. And he was. Way out in Lilongwe, Malawi. I don't think any of our friends would have thought to set the two of us up. But God did! I love that He is the ultimate matchmaker. He knows what is best for us, and my best is definitely Kwacha.
(The picture above is way blown out but I thought it was good at representing how out of all the people in the world, Kwacha is mine. ;)