This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice in the glad in it! What an amazing Lord’s Day we had in Uganda today. We were blessed and humbled to get to worship with Edward and Christine Insignoma’s church New Life Presbyterian. When the bus pulled up to the church we were enthusiastically greeted by many children that were eagerly awaiting our arrival. We met dozens of smiling faces and were escorted down the aisle with singing and welcomes to seats on the very first row. Then we got to experience some very jubilant Ugandan style praise and worship. The Knickers for New Life team was introduced with special emphasis on “mama Watha” – who really needed know introduction since everyone at New Life Presbyterian and the associated school knows who Mama Watha is.
The preaching of the word was shared by Greg and Scott with Edward translating. Greg was up first and spoke on the Parable of the Wedding Feast from Matthew 22. He pointed out the Heavenly Father’s unrelenting pursuit of us and priceless wedding clothes bought by the blood of Christ. The gospel of grace went out with power! Next Scott spoke and shared some of his personal testimony challenging all of us to come to the crossroads of decision to trust our own plans or trust the plans God has for us. Do we value the things of this world or the things of God? Matt 6:21 Where your treasure is there your heart will be also.
After the service we had a big surprise. The congregation planned a traditional Ugandan wedding for Greg and Katie. Christine wisked Katie away to a nearby bridal shop and rented her a beautiful Bridal gown and returned her quickly to the church. Greg was out fitted with a suit and instant groomsmen. Bridesmaids, maid of honor, and flower girls completed the wedding party. Greg and the groomsmen boogied down the aisle to some great music then Marty walked Katie down the aisle and gave her away. Edward gave a short homily and Greg and Katie exchanged vows. Then in common Ugandan custom, Greg removed Katie’s necklace replacing it with a new one to symbolize their new union as man and wife. The couple cut and served their wedding cake and danced back down the aisle, married for the 2nd time, Ugandan style.