Published: May 18th 2008May 17th 2008
A Tanzanian Wedding
for Ahimediwe and Ludivica May 17th 2008
The wedding of Ahimedeway Kimarro and his new bride, Ludavica
May 17th 2008
"FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH." Ephesians 5:31
At the church building in Arusha
The Wedding Only started about 2 hours late, but sweet and simple was the union of these two young individuals in the eyes of the Lord.
Ahemideway is a former student at Andrew Connally School of Preaching and is currently working at the school as the printer.
This was actually my first time to actually attend a Tanzanian wedding, willingly that is....I'm not counting being trapped inside a round-a-bout wedding reception. It was a rainy afternoon, so the bride arrived escorted in with umbrellas and her personal band and shouts and screams from the family... more like (ya ya ya ya yasssss!!!) can't really get the extend of that hollering through typing but you get the idea. The band stayed outside as she entered into the building where she was greeted at the doorway by her bridegroom and there was a rather traditional wedding ceremony service led by Christopher Mwakabanje and songs
Hand in Hand
Beginning a New Life together
led by Paul Ndwani after the bridal party marched in. The Bride was in a beautiful wedding gown, much like you would see in the states, veil and all... she carried a bundle of pink ribbons tied together and The two families sat on either side of the bride and groom and they were accompanied by a maid of honor and best man, a precious little flower girl and boy all suited up, but it was actually an older little girl who walked in the rings. There was one older Bridesmaid and 6 younger bridesmaids all dressed in pink, but no groomsmen..... (Which was odd) They said their I do's, kissed the bride, signed the wedding certificate, and were pronounced man and wife! Short and sweet.... But there were very solemn faces on the bride and groom and families through it all. I was told that they do that as a sign of respect for the families to morn their departure from the home, but then celebrate all together once they hit the back door.... kind of opposite of what the parents in the states tend to do, smile through the wedding and then the tears come as they hit
that back door to leave. (At least, In most cases)
As they headed out the back door the hooting and hollering began once again by the family members, mainly the women, who didn’t seem to care a bit that they were out in the drizzling rain escorting them to the grass for family pictures in tribal style and after the pictures were through, they quickly escaped into the getaway car decorated with ribbons and flowers to drive away to begin their new life together.
It was very unique and interesting, and I was glad that we got to be there for the beginning of this young couple's lives together. Be praying for them as they start this new life hand in hand serving the Lord.
"What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."
With everyone being all dressed up for the wedding I was able to get some new group pictures of the Missionary families who were present at the wedding.... Everyone was there except the Bakers who are on furlough and due to be joining us here soon, towards the end of the month So keep them in your prayers as
they are making their final arrangments to head home. One day, we'll all be together for a big group shot of all the missionaries, one day! We enjoyed getting together and seeing everyone in one place for a change! It seems like we're always scattered abroad in different directions, but the kids enjoyed getting to play with their friends and I of course love holding all the babies.
Hope you all are having a wonderful and amazing week!
All our Love, Julie
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