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When love 'bytes'

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by Essiba Small

Christian singles looking for love are no longer using social gatherings like Christmas dinners and concerts to meet their marriage mates. They're now turning to the World Wide Web for help via several matchmaking sites online. For most, life is easier where love is just a click away.

*Tricia Burnett, 35, of Diego Martin always had a problem with socialising with men, even at church.

"I could talk to them on the phone but I was never comfortable with the face to face thing. I always felt as if I was under a microscope," she said. Her married friends would often try to pair her up with their single friends whenever they went out. The outings never resulted in a connection.

"There is something awkward about situations like that. I feel as if the men they introduce me to get the  impression that there must be something wrong with me if I am so old and still single," Burnett explained.

So when her colleague at work introduced Burnett to myspace.com she became intrigued. Marketed as a social network rather than a dating site, myspace.com proved to be a comfortable spot for Burnett to meet people.

"I was sitting behind a computer interacting, rather than face to face which suited me just fine."

Three months after signing up with the website, Burnett met *Rawle. He was the only born-again Christian who responded to her profile, so he instantly stood out.  In his profile for the secular website, Rawle wrote that he was a Christian from Ghana, West Africa, who was looking for a wife to spend the rest of his life with.

"I am for real," were his introductory words on his profile. "I am not on games. I believe that God has my wife out there and I want to find her."
When Burnett scrolled down to Rawle's photograph she was even more impressed.

"He was dressed in a khaki coloured suit, with a wine coloured shirt and his face was clean shaven and his hair closely cropped," she gushed. "He was so attractive. My friends thought he was a model.

"I thought to myself, my God, could he be the one? Because I guess when you are single and looking you always ask yourself that."

By the sixth month of their correspondence Burnett was sure that Rawle was the one.

"He was different to any other man I had met because he was very attentive. Imagine he was living so far away, and four hours ahead of Trinidad time, yet he would call every morning to wish me a great day before he went to work. In the evening he would call to see if I got home safely and he would always give me biblical counsel whenever I felt down."

Nine months after they began corresponding Rawle called Burnett on a different matter; he asked her to marry him.

"At first I wondered how he could come to that decision so soon. But then I was so beside myself I just answered ‘yes' and screamed into the phone." Since Rawle was self-employed and Burnett had a stable job with a conglomerate, Rawle suggested that he come to Trinidad to exchange nuptials.

Burnett said: "He said after a few months we would have to return to Ghana to meet with his family, whom I had already met on the phone, and that again we would marry according to the tradition of his tribe."

Burnett's bliss came to a screeching halt when she came face to face with Rawle on the Brian Lara Promenade in Trinidad where they agreed to meet.


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cherryl jordan

This is great because we are in the age of technology and if we can do online exams we can surely meet friends and mates online. we just have to be careful because of those who send false facts of themselves via the sites. my view is that real people are behind these profiles and they must present themselves real. I am lad things worked out for you.
Janelle Woods

Well i can identify was Ms.Burnett,cause being single causes u to wonder if ever guy(christian)you talk to is in fact your God give mate.I must say hats off to you girl cause i don't think i have the guts to meet someone online...so i'm saying may God Almighty Bless that union,in Jesus name.Wish I was you though i get scared even thinking about it....God Bless both of you.

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