I am told that most young ladies receive a pleasant sort of shock when they learn of a secret admirer. Kelsie was no exception. She, too, had experienced some disappointments before meeting me and had wondered if a man of godly character would ever pursue her.

Now, as her father handed over the rolled up parchment, she loosened the ribbon and read my invitation.

Dear Kelsie,

Although you do not know me, I have been corresponding with your parents for the past month or so in regards to a possible courtship with you. I have really enjoyed getting to know them, and in a way getting to know you through them…

…we have been “talking about you” for some time now, and your mother and father wrote me recently, saying that they felt this would be a good time to let you know about all of this.

And so my purpose in writing you this letter, is to see if you would be willing to begin a courtship relationship, with the goal of marriage in mind should the Lord so direct us.

Kelsie’s immediate response was to get alone and pray. She had my letter, the Ukrainian phrasebook, and a stack of missionary newsletters that I had written over the past two and a half years.

As Kelsie prayed, the rest of us held our breaths and waited. Happily, we did not have to wait long. A few hours later I received Kelsie’s response in which she excitedly agreed to begin a relationship!

Our moms met and chatted at the girls' retreat before Kelsie knew what was going on.

Our moms met and chatted at the girls' retreat before Kelsie knew what was going on.

Suddenly, Kelsie was spending a lot more time with her email!

Suddenly, Kelsie was spending a lot more time with her email!


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