As promised!! Here is the update about our brother Josh's wedding to Mary on the weekend. We wish we could all have been there, but we are so grateful that Mary was back in Uganda in time and able to send us this awesome update and photos!
Time is going so quickly here in Uganda. I could hardly sleep last night for the desire to send you an update! So much to share...so little time. I am attaching four photos to this update and would like to explain that I am working on my husband's laptop and it is not easy selecting the best photos from this system!
I must begin by going back five years when I first had the opportunity to come to Uganda with my daughter and her family for the adoption of my granddaughter, Kirabo ('Gift'). I remember several week-end nights lying in my bunk bed listening to the joyful sounds of weddings and wishing I could slip in to witness such an event. I prayed that some day I would be invited to a traditional wedding, and can now testify that God listens and answers prayers in His own time and far beyond what we may dream.
The honor of attending my brother Joshua's traditional Uganda wedding to his beautiful bride Mary began around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday and lasted approximately five hours. I was honored to be introduced as Joshua's sister and seated with family. We were entertained by dancers, traditional music, two MC's and witnessed the presentation of many beautiful dowry gifts which included a cow, chickens, slab of meat, table and chairs, a stove, and so much more. While guests were served a delicious buffet meal, Mary and Joshua were inside the house undergoing a private ceremony with immediate family. Mary entered the celebration wearing a beautiful traditional dress...and throughout the afternoon and evening she wore two other beautiful traditional gowns as well as an evening dress. Joshua wore traditional attire throughout.
I cannot find words to describe such an amazing experience. The day was glorious (we all prayed for no rain as it is the rainy season!), and the afternoon slipped into evening when it was time to depart. My prayer for Joshua and Mary is for a long life full of SANNYU (joy) with many children! Yesu Yebizibwe (Praise God!)
Yesterday I met with Coach Lameck and the soccer children....which will be my next update. Today Joshua, Aggie, and I will be traveling to Entebbe to the airport to negotiate shipping prices for crafts....and later a long reunion with mothers of Kids First Uganda.
God bless you all and thank you for uplifting prayers for this journey.