Finally a “yes” after 20 years

John and Kathy Klopper celebrated their marriage before God today in a church ceremony that followed their recent civil marriage in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court.

Their love story is one of long perseverence. John says he knew that Kathy was the woman for him the moment he met her, and he has been asking her to marry him for 20 years. But until 10 days ago her answer was always “no” because despite her love for him and her appreciation for his unflagging kindness to her, she did not want to burden him with the consequences of her debilitating condition of multiple sclerosis.

But recently Kathy started to say “maybe” and John felt encouraged enough to approach the courts about a possible marriage date. On the 3rd of February Kathy was at Livingstone Hospital to collect her medicine when John received a phonecall advising him that a couple had cancelled their court marriage appointment and that if he and Kathy could get to the court fast they could be married right away. Kathy finally said “yes” and she and John got married that day. They went back to the hospital after their legal union.

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In a joyful ceremony today, after the morning service at the Storehouse New Covenant Church in Lorraine, John and Kathy renewed their vows in front of church friends. Kathy said she hoped that God would bless their marriage and that it would be “forward from now”.


  1. VAnessa Passanah

    oh wow what a story!!
    I wish them God’s richest blessings. Glad I could be a part of this occassion as their photographer.

  2. I am sooooooo happy for the two of you, today you made me change my thoughts about marriage and that love stories can work out. Thank you!!!!

  3. Christine Callaghan


  4. John you are the MAN!!!GR8 EXAMPLE TO MEN GOD BLESS

  5. Allan Verreynne

    Ooohhh yeahh! I love it when a plan comes together! God bless you guys big time!