Thursday, October 30, 2008

I officiated a wedding! What???

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The last several weeks, Fiona and I have been teaching the boys the 10 Commandments for the afternoon program.  When we got to "don't commit adultery" we also wanted to focus on building up marriage so we staged a wedding.  Fiona was such a good sport to be willing to get married three days in a row!

Here she's about to be walked down the aisle by her "father", Estevao!


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Felipe, one of my chefes, was great to go along as the groom.  In fact, after I asked him if he would play along, he arrived with a tie and coat!  So cool!

We talked about the significance of the ring and of the white dress symbolizing purity and the commitment we can make now to wait for the person God has in store for us to marry. 

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Estevao carried on his role as father of the bride by accepting the labolo, the bride price, of sodas, a capulana and some money. 

It just so happened that I had some leftover cake sitting on the counter so I grabbed it to use for the happy couple to feed each other and we all ate some as the "guests."

We had so much fun, li-li-li-ing through all the steps, clapping and whistling as the groom kissed the bride - her hand anyway!

And I pray that in all the fun, the boys took in the message of  God's plan for one man to marry one woman and remain faithful to one another!






Saturday, October 25, 2008

Introducing . . . Alexandre!

October 2008 042 Pronounced Al-esh-andre, this little lovely arrived in early October. So recently in fact, I don't know his family story or why he has come to live with us at Iris.  But we love him already, his smile is captivating and so is his personality.  He doesn't speak Portuguese but is learning quickly.  He only speaks Shangaan but will begin school next February, which is conducted in Portuguese so we'll need to get him up to speed quickly!  He's fit in so well already, made friends with the other littlest ones and seems quite happy-go-lucky!  When I have more information on his background, I'll share here.  Please pray for Alexandre that he will continue to feel at home and that God will comfort him in whatever has happened that has led him to our home!