By now you may have seen this couple’s love story on sites such as Essence or Huffington Post. This couple has a fairytale ending that most can only say was a divine encounter. After being forced to close down her massage therapy business, and losing everything she had including her home, Ressurrection was forced to go to a homeless shelter. No one could’ve predicted that it was there that she would meet the love of her life: Deven a homeless military veteran who served in the army. Instead of a traditional wedding reception, they celebrated their special day, by going out to feed the homeless after exchanging their vows.
She is the mother of a seventeen-year-old daughter, a full-time speaker, author, advocate and entrepreneur, and together they founded Glory Soldiers Global, an organization focusing on assisting others in overcoming the effects of child sexual abuse, including but not limited to: homelessness and poverty. In this interview, they share how this organization came to be, how homelessness increased their communication, as well as advice for those still looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right, and more.
BMWK: How did your individual relationship experiences prior to finding each other, prepare you for the relationship you built together?
Ressurrection: My previous relationship experiences were full of people who were not the ones. My husband is in a league by himself and it is hard to compare anyone to him, that is why I married him. What I can say about my learning experience through those relationships are that I was able to see myself in a healthy and unhealthy place. I learned what I needed, what lifted me up and what tore me down.
Deven: I am genuine and giving, but those I’ve previously dated have not been as honest or generous. I have never had a relationship like the one I have with my wife. There are previous women that I did not want to commit to, and others who were not committed to me. There was a mutual indescribable connection between Res and I.
Ressurrection: The perfect date for Deven is probably at home watching a movie [laughs]. I am a romantic. I live for and love romance. So, anything that allows me to look into his eyes, hold his hand, and view something beautiful like water, art, or scenery, makes the most beautiful memories for me.
Deven: Res would probably say a moonlit Ocean view of the water, candle-light and some Thai food. And, I agree. A movie would be nice, and Monuments in the Nation’s Capitol.
BMWK: How did you know that you had truly found the one you wanted to spend your life with?
Ressurrection: I heard from God to go to this particular shelter and when I got there I asked for the reason that I was there. I received what I’d like to interpret as a clue, which was to look for selflessness. And, that is what I found in him. All of the confirmations about him came through my hearing from God.
Deven: Men usually are not in a rush to get married. I did want to find someone special but I wanted to take my time.I was thinking that I had to present myself in a certain way. I thought I needed to be at a certain level of success first financially, but after a talk we had, I realized that her partnership was divine.
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