22 July 2013

Joseline's Give-A-Way

Attending cross-cultural events is part of life overseas... and I'll be the first to admit that they aren't always completely enjoyable! 

Wearing a full-suit in 100 degree temperatures with the music set at levels that could split my eardrums open at any moment isn't my idea of a good time... add in food that isn't agreeable to my stomach and a set of expectations that are clear to everyone except for me... and it seems like most of these events take a few days or weeks to recover from!

But we may have just crossed a major cross-cultural bridge this summer... not only did we attend an Ugandan Introduction (give-a-way ceremony)... we actually hosted it at our house in Buloba!


 
On Friday June 28 we gave Joseline away to Nicolas... 

The "we" in that last statement is one of the biggest honors we have experienced in our time in Uganda... 

Giving away a bride is the responsibility of the bride's parents... it is their responsibility to set the value of the bride (just imagine how a girl with no value could be treated in the hands of the wrong man) and also to introduce themselves to the groom to show him who he is accountable to in the case that he decides to mistreat his bride...
 

Joseline came to our house with only two living sisters and no other family to speak of in September 2006... she didn't have hope of going to university or even marrying well which is a common fate for orphans.... so she chose to help a young missionary family settle into Uganda and help with their active 1 and 2 year old sons... but on Friday June 28, 2013 she left our home as a mature daughter with a Master's degree nearly complete and a job at a university now ready to enter into marriage and begin her own family... I will always see the transformation of Joseline's life as one of our greatest joys in Uganda!

Noah and Kadin enjoyed most of the ceremony dancing along to the music and getting as much soda and cake as they could get their hands on... but also keenly aware of the important role Joseline has had in their lives and filled with joy to see her so happy on her give-a-way day!


Nicolas kept his eyes on Joseline the whole day... well aware that he had just committed himself to the girl of his dreams... 

But what truly gave me all the confidence in the world that we were handing Joseline over to the right man was to see the joy in her eyes throughout the entire ceremony!

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