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I guess I can start from the beginning. I guess three months ago, I went on a short term missions trip. Basically a couple of people from my church wanted to help out a church in England and help it get established. Anyways i met a girl out there and her name is Lisa. She was the most fabulous person i ever met. I guess i really liked her right from the day she came and picked me up from the airport. I knew prayed to God and knew that she would be large distraction because there was alot of work that had to be done. So during the three weeks i had a chance to get to know her better and i was really fighting the feeling that i liked her. You see i was in a long distance relationship before and i didn't want to get hurt again. The last relationship was a bummer and i wished i had your book around because i think the relationship would've ended on a better note if you know what i mean. I guess i was really hesitant on getting to know Lisa because i didn't want to get into a long distance relationship again.
Actually Lisa was in a Long Distance relationship before so as you can tell we're pretty experienced in this. We also know what it would mean and what it would cost. I guess on the last day before i flew off ot Canada i decided that i would tell her how i felt and so we decided to walk around the streets in downtown manchester and we spent the whole day together. I knew i really loved her because althoughi knew that long distance isn't what i wanted to do again, i knew she was exteremely special fro me to be this crazy to pursue this. I knew she must've been pretty crazy too, for her to actually go for this type of relationship. I guess both of us have been in a few relationships and we know how it is to be hurt. But for some reason there was something different about the two of us being together. But deep down inside, i had a gut feeling that eventhough i didn't want to be be in alond distance relationship, and i knew how i was hurt by the last one, it seemed that this person would be worth it.. we talked about it alot. you know the whole long distance thing but we really cared about each other so much that we'd be willing to take the risk and make the effort. i love her very much and i know she loves me too. just because i remeber reading your book and you wrote down how if you think that the chips are down and things are getting rough, think about the 100% commitment that you've made. thank you for that advise because i think that's helped both of us out when we thought this was not going to work out. if i had the time i wished i could tell you how good we are for each other. we both want to work with high risk teens. you know the type that are on the streets. we both love music we both love God and it just seems that we just compliment each other in everyway.
we've never been in an arguement and if we do have a dissagreement on the phone we just work out pretty well. i know she's never cheated on anyone. she's the type that is very faithful and so am i. we i had to leave england it was pretty much a sad sight. you know how it is at the airport. but when i got home i called her and we started to figure out how we're going to keep in contact. i've never been much of a letter writer but she's really shown me how effective it really is. i can honestly say that i write to her at least 1-2 times a week. she's very sweet because she writes all the time. She also sends tapes of her for me and it's alot cheaper and you can keep on listening to them over and over again. as for the phone calls well let's say that it's not as expensive as i thought. at least for her to call me it's pretty cheap. but vice versa, it's pretty expensive. my ex-girlfriend lives in vancouver so the long distance call were really inexpensive. but as for Lisa and me we took your advice about having more frequent calls that are shorter as compared to fewer longer calls. we notice that it works really well. she used to call twice every month for 45 minutes but know it's changed to twice a week for like 15 minutes. she also has an e-mail account so that works out guite well. we realized that we have to be a bit more creative with how we're going to communicate but it's been great. i know for both of us that as we get to know each other more we realize how much we really care and love each other.
I'm planning to visit her next august and she's making plans to come over to visit in and year and half. Actually she doesn't know this but when i go over to england next year it'll be a suprise. i got her all excited that i was coming over but i kinda lied to her so that when i do come it'll be a great surpise. i used to joke around and told her that i was at her door when i called her and i think when i do go over to england i think that's how i'm going to do it. i'll give her a call and tell her to go to the door and then i'll surprise her. and think she'll be in for a treat. in a about 4 years she'll be coming over to canada becasue she want to go to a canadian bible college and so do i so we're keeping our fingers crossed and our hands praying to God that one day we'll be together. we know we have alot of struggles to go through and alot of obstacles to climb over but i know it'll be worth it. actually the bible has alot to teach about love. in 1 corinthians chapter 13 verse 4 it talks about what true love is and in it the first chracteristic of love says this, "Love is patient" and the last chracteristic says this "Love perseveres." one thing that i've learned about love is that when you're going through hard times the type and the amount of love you have for that person will dictate whether or not your relationship will last.
For Lisa and I when we think the chips are down and we're depressed and we feel lonely we ask ourselves whether or not our love will get us through these rought times. and you know what answer we come up with is, "You bet our love is strong enough." That is really the only true test. for my last relationship i couldn't say that. and i knew that i should've ended it but i waited for 6 months to finally end it. we've been going out for about three months now and i know right now it seem pre-mature to decifer where this relationship will go but as for right now i know she loves me and i know that i love her and we have the comfort of knowing that we're commited in this relationship together 100%. if you do use this which i doubt because i'm pretty sure there are stories out there that kick on mine. but if you do use this don't hesitate to drop a line for me if you want more information. i guess alot of things happened in manchester that at least Lisa and I thought we're very romantic but if you want to know more please don't hesitate to contact me. thanks
Gary, Alberta, Canada
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