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When it comes to real-life love stories, it’s safe to say that many people are absolute fans. A small-town Idaho boy did not know how he had changd the course of his life when he created a Samaritan Purse, a Christmas charity shoebox full of goodies for a church.
He was just 7 years old at the time when the shoe box was delivered to a young Manila girl named Joanna. Neither of them actually remembered what gifts were actually inside the box. However, they do remember a school picture of the boy, whose name is Tyrel. It was taken around 2000, the time that the Samaritan’s Purse was first delivered to Joanna.
In 2009, Tyrel received a Facebook requests from a lady, but he ignored it because he didn’t know the person. Then, in 2011, Tyrel received the same mysterious Facebook friend request from a gal in the Philippines by the name of Joanna. And it was not a spam, but the actual 18-year-old girl who decided to go ahead and find the boy in the picture.
Tyrel asked Joanna how thet knew each other, and the gal put forth a simple question: “You know about Samaritan’s Purse?”
In an interview with local news station FOX 9, Tyrel recalls what it was like to get this message from a woman half-way around the world.
“And I answered, ‘Yes, I did that when I was six or seven years old. I don’t remember what I put in the box but yeah, I did it.’ And she responded back, saying ‘I think I got your box.’ I was like, ‘Wow, wow, wow!’ It’s like, you gotta be kidding me,” Tyrel remembers.
After receiving this incredible message, Tyrel’s parents warned the teen about exchanging information with the woman. Of course, one must be careful! But the young man followed his instincts and continued an online friendship with Joanna, which eventually turned into something more.
The pair spoke daily for about a year when Tyrel finally decided to make the first real move. He emptied out his savings account and booked a 10-day trip to meet Joanna in the Philippines. Soon after his return, he booked yet another ticket, and it was then that he asked Joanna’s father for his daughter’s hand in marriage. He actually followed her family’s tradition, as the two weren’t allowed to become a couple officially until Wolfe got permission from Joanna’s father.
I don’t know about you, but I’m melting over here…
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The couple decided to live in the United States because Wolfe’s job was too good to just let it go. He was making enough money that allowed him to support both of them and also send some to Manila for her family.
On August 19, 2015, Joanna had an interview at the embassy in Manila and got approved for a visa. By September 4, they were off to start a life together in the small town of Midville. Joanna’s parents, however, couldn’t get a visa to come in the U.S. The wedding was held on Oct. 5 at Wolfe’s parents’ ranch, with about 100 guests.
The now-husband and wife welcomed their first child, a baby boy, in May of this year.
Her is their story in the video below: