Our story begins, like many others, with an introduction from mutual friends.
Our friend Ife introduced us one Sunday afternoon after church. It was just in front of the main entrance – Medan took notice of Jo as he had seen her on stage as a part of the worship team, while Jo noted his suit.
A few weeks later Medan got a call from Ife on a Sunday. They greeted each other, and then, as per usual, she asked about his dating life. Later she got to the reason she had called – a chance to meet with friends and eat pizza on a Tuesday evening.
The next day, Jo got a similar message from another friend, Tsega. The plan was the same, to meet with friends and eat pizza on a Tuesday evening. She could not confirm that day, a bad cold plagued her, but would confirm on Tuesday afternoon.
All seemed to be going according to plan, and the 5 involved, Ife, Tsega, Jo, Medan and another friend Temesgen, all got together for pizza, tea and loud conversation. It was seen as a great evening by all with a general agreement to do it again. Medan started getting everyone’s numbers, and we left all smiles.
Despite the fact that Medan didn’t fully understand what this was at the time, Jo was quite aware as she had been talking about such things with Ife and Tsega. She didn’t quite expect it at this time though!
A week later Jo, Medan and Tsega planned to meet again. Tsega, however, was running late, and so joined us later in the evening. This gave us time to talk one-on-one, and get to know each other better.
After this initial beginning we became friends on Facebook and started to chat regularly while Jo was in Doha for a Christmas break. After she got back from Doha she had to go to Sodere for a conference. During this time we continued to text each other but didn’t get the chance to meet. Afterwards Medan asked Jo out on January 2, 2016, and we started dating.
Throughout the dating time we had many adventures as we experienced and celebrated our cultural differences, and enjoyed our time together. We dated for more than ten months and really felt that God was always guiding us and helping us to become closer to one another. And then on October 7, 2016, Medan proposed and Jo said yes!!!
More than anything, we acknowledge the hand that God has had in our relationship helping and encouraging us to grow together and honour Him in all that we do.
We are so excited for the next step of our adventure together, and we look forward to having you there to join us!