Our second day in Uganda began with an early breakfast and a devotion lead by Pastor Paul. He used the song "Just Be Held" by Casting Crowns. The chorus contains the words "stop holding on - just be held." What fabulous words - especially for those of us who really like to believe we are in control. Sometimes there is nothing like a mission trip to remind you who is in charge - and who is not.
This was a big day in Nakabango - vicar Simon Peter was married and ordained all in one day! We arrived in the village around 11:00 and took an impromptu tour of the area with several kids in tow. Since it was a Saturday, there was no school; we are going by on Monday morning to see school in session.
The decorators and DJ's were busy preparing for the reception. White tents covered the soccer field behind the school and hot pink ribbon was tied to everything.
Pastor Jason performed the wedding ceremony and did an awesome job! Tough to preach when you have to interject pauses for translation.
The bride and her bridesmaids entered the from the back of the church. I can't wait to post the video of the procession to the altar! The men were decked out in tuxedos and the bridesmaids were fuschia gowns.
After the wedding ceremony (which was an hour late due to some missing bridal shoes!), we moved right into the ordination for Simon Peter. Several local pastors and Pastors Jason and Paul were part of the service. Pastor Paul lead the service and delivered a great sermon that focused on the Messiah core process - Love, Learn, Live. He even managed to include a reference to "chocolate pudding"!
The reception followed - what a party that was! Everything was brightly colored - including the traditional dresses worn by the women. There was another procession by the bridal party, who had just returned from a trip into Jinja for pictures! There were several speeches by family members and a huge buffet of local favorites. The cake was cut and a receiving line was formed to present gifts to the bride and groom.
The DJ's cranked up the music and the dancing began! Such a good time! As it got dark, things wound down and we got on the bus to head back to our hotel. It was a full, exhausting day. Ann and I talked to tonight about how we definitely get our money's worth!!!
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.