Strange looks from others are the norm for 28-year-old Karine de Souza of Fortaleza, Brazil. She has a disfiguring skin disease, but it has not prevented her from becoming engaged to 23-year-old Edmilson Alcântara, also of Brazil. Karine suffers from a rare skin disease known as “Xeroderma Pigmentosum” that has no known cure. One complication includes skin injuries when she comes in contact with ultraviolet light.
It was her faith in God that first attracted Edmilson who saw the hidden inner beauty of Karine’s heart. They are now making wedding preparations and hired a wedding photographer, Daniel Panisson, to take professional photos. After the photo shoot, Daniel posted on his Facebook page a now-viral message:
Have you ever felt love? Have you ever thought about giving up a great love? Have you ever cared about appearance and forgot to worry about the feeling? Then I invite you to feel and live the story of Karine and Edmilson. A story so beautiful and full of inspiration, that will awaken in you the most beautiful sense of life.
In a world where people seem to be more focused on the outer person, Edmilson has displayed an act of true love. By taking the time to get to know Karine and the beauty within her, he has found a jewel in the rough. It is also a reminder of how our Heavenly Father loves us—not by our own spiritual appearance, but by the beauty of His Son Jesus Christ residing in every believer.