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White Man Falls in Love with Black Woman, Meets Her Dad and Daughter to Seek Permission for a Relationship

Ayesha Muhammad
Apr 07, 2022
04:20 A.M.
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Some of the most heartwarming connections begin instantly and surprise us when we least expect them. Something similar happened to a white man when he fell head over heels for a black girl. Keep reading to discover the intriguing twists in the story.

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It all began in October 2005, when Veronicah Richards crossed paths with Terry Richards, who was in Kenya on his first-ever mission trip. His van broke down while traveling back to his hotel in Amboseli, Kenya, and he towed it to a nearby shop with his team's help. 

On the other hand, Veronicah was stranded, waiting for a ride to work. To her surprise, Terry noticed her sitting outside the shop and joined in, after which the two began chatting.

[Left] Terry Richards; [Right] Terry and Veronicah | Source: facebook.com/imanirescuecenter facebook.com/veronicah.richards

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A CHANCE ENCOUNTER

The then-26-year-old Terry opened up about his experience being in Kenya, and it was then that Veronicah found out his reason for visiting her country. He told her that he had come to build a church in a remote part of Kenya. 

Veronicah was awestruck as he told her he had traveled the world following his heart's true calling and wished to propagate hope and love. The pair sat and chatted for an hour and could feel an instant connection. 

Before leaving, Terry turned to Veronicah and asked, "Would you like to take a photo with me so I can go back and show my friends back home how beautiful you are?" Veronicah nodded, and Terry asked a lady from his crew to click the picture. 

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FORMING A CONNECTION

She also gave him her mailing address and asked him to mail her a copy of the photo. Two weeks later, she received a copy of the picture in the mail, alongside a heartfelt note from Terry detailing his journey to the U.S. The note's ending read, "You are so beautiful" in Swahili. 

Like them, another couple made their long-distance relationship work and is still going strong. 

Soon afterward, the pair began exchanging letters, where Terry told Veronicah about the American weather, himself, his family, his church, and life in America. She also opened up about herself, the Kenyan culture and lifestyle, the climate, church, and her family. 

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BECOMING CLOSE

The duo continued to write letters and send pictures to each other for a year, after which Terry returned to Kenya in October 2006 and asked Veronicah if she would like to join his mission team for a three-week trip. 

During the trip, the pair became close, and their relationship progressed. One evening before dinner, the couple went for a walk around the hotel, where a baboon startled Veronicah, and she grabbed Terry for support. The two shared a sweet kiss afterward. 

Soon, the couple started talking about serious matters, like engagement and marriage. Veronicah told Terry that he would have to ask an elder to speak to her parents on his behalf according to her culture. 

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TYING THE KNOT

Veronicah then arranged for her dad to meet Terry and the mission team. Peter, the team's tour driver, spoke on Terry's behalf and asked for Veronicah's hand from her father. When her dad asked Terry why he chose Veronicah and not any girl from America, he replied: 

"I don't want any other girl. She's the one I love and the only one I want."

After seeking permission from Veronicah's father, the couple became engaged, and Terry left for the U.S. to start the immigration process. He returned to Kenya on September 22, 2007, and the next day, the couple had a traditional wedding with friends and family. 

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SHARING THE SAME DREAM

Finally, on March 21, 2008, Veronicah was authorized to enter the U.S. with a fiancée visa. The couple got married once again in the U.S. and have been together ever since. On February 23, 2017, they were blessed with a girl, Sophia Imani. Imani is a Swahili word meaning "faith."

Veronicah and Terry realized they shared the same dream of building an orphanage for women and children. In 2018, they bought five acres of land at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro and constructed the "Imani Rescue Center International." 

As a Kenyan woman, Veronicah yearned to help her people, especially women and children battling homelessness and poverty, and provide resources to them to empower the present and future generations. 

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TOGETHER AND IN LOVE

Given how she worked her relationship dynamics with Terry, Veronicah shared a powerful message for people in long-distance relationships. She suggested couples trust each other, stay committed, and maintain communication. She also expressed: 

"If you are meant to be, God will make a way no matter what." 

What started as love at first sight grew into something much more profound for Veronicah and Terry, and we hope they continue to stay together forever. Like them, another couple made their long-distance relationship work and is still going strong. 

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ANOTHER EPIC LOVE STORY

As the Entertainment Production Manager, Ariel Ryals-Trammell of Tallahassee, Florida, worked onboard a cruise ship, Norwegian Dawn. On New Year's 2017, she was so overwhelmed by the party shenanigans that she decided to get some fresh air. 

She went to a spot on the ship reserved for crew members only and began staring at the night sky full of stars. It was there that she met someone who changed her life for the better, Pardon Govheya. He was a waiter in one of the restaurants on the ship from Zimbabwe. 

The pair chatted and laughed for some time and discussed the pros and cons of ship life. Eventually, they parted ways, only to run into each other weeks later. Trammell was so excited to see him again that she invited him to a friend's birthday party, and he agreed. 

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SURVIVING THE ODDS

After the celebrations, the couple went to the same spot on the ship and shared their first kiss in the rain. Soon afterward, they began dating and embarked on romantic trips to the islands and beaches. But then reality set in when Govheya's contract ended, and he had to leave. 

Despite people's whispers that their relationship wouldn't work, the couple continued going strong. They agreed to spend time together when they were on vacation. Trammell decided to visit Govheya in Cape Town, South Africa, where he moved to when he was 18. 

Between June 2017 and May 2018, the couple saw each other for a week in October, during which time Trammell got down on one knee and proposed to him. They immediately hired a lawyer and started the fiancé visa process. 

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LOVE ALWAYS FINDS A WAY

Trammell and Govheya are now happily married and live in Tallahassee, Florida. Trammell explained that their love for each other helped them fight the odds and endure the struggling times. She added: 

"If you are currently in a long-distance relationship with someone and struggling, all I can say is that if you both truly love each other, you will find [a] way to make it work." 

We're so glad that this beautiful couple beat all odds and showed the world that love has the power to conquer anything. What do you think about these international love stories? Let us know your feedback, and don't forget to share these stories with your loved ones. 

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