Aug 24, 2014

Hope has feet:Ronal & Kikina's wedding ceremony

His bite of rice was met with a question, and his answer far from ordinary.  A group of us sat on a conglomeration of raton furniture and folding chairs chit chatting over the day's events and Lucia's amazing cooking in the MAK house.  A group was in town to serve with Makarios, and Ronal, the ring maker from Chichigua, was there with us.  Ronal makes these amazing rings out of coins, and chances are, if you've ever served with Makarios, you probably own one.  They are fabulous, right?

Someone had casually poised the question to Ronal, "How did you end up here in the D.R in Chichigua?"

Ronal's bright white smile, between bites, answered, "I walked."

WHATTTTTTT??????  

"When I was 12, I walked from Haiti to Chichigua," it rolled off his pearly whites as if it was nothing.  It's not nothing, right?  He was 12. He walked. Alone. A very long distance.

Hope has feet.  Yes, it does.  And in Ronal's case, his feet brought him to a new place, and that place brought him to this day :)  The day that he and Kikina vowed before God and a community of family, friends, and children from various cultures to love each other until death do they part. I honestly know very little about Ronal and Kikina at this point,  but I can tell you that their wedding was a spectacular event.


Anytime that I get to be a part - observe or take part -  of our host culture's special moments, it takes my breath away in the most marvelous of ways.  It is thrilling, really.  And some of our Makarios staff had special parts in the ceremony - I can think of NO GREATER COMPLIMENT than to be asked to step into these special roles - not as foreigners or aliens, but as friends and brothers and sisters in Christ.  Seriously, a beautiful thing.  I long for the day that my newness wears off and my friendships here are blossoming, and I trust that those moments are building one interaction at a time.






The bride was escorted into Chichigua, her chauffer the matron of Honor, Margaret Beck, the hostess with the mostess for Makarios. They were greeted by four legged and utterful admirers, while her groom waited out of sight.



The church in Chichigua, adorned with palm frans and greenery,  a room full of various skin tones, ages, and cultures, was spilling out with beautiful characters.


There were MANY things that I adored about this wedding, but one of the things that I loved the most about this ceremony is that the bride and the best man sat in front of the matron of honor and the groom in the front of the church.  Until a certain part of the ceremony, they remained apart, the only glimpse of his bride was the back of her head until that time.


Before the Pastor started in with the ceremony, he offered multiple escape routes to the bride and groom and congregation concerning the union that was about to occur.  He asked no less than 3 times if there was any reason that the two should not be joined.  I wondered if the Pastor was prepared in the event that someone came forward . . . . but no one did . . . and the ceremony continued.



Pastor Maris delivered a superb message in slow, deliberate Spanish (I say slow because I could understand everything!  His first language is Creole:)  The congregation filled the air with Creole praises.  And at one point, a group of Chichiguan ladies sang a song - it was beautifully rhythmic and tropical sounding. Loved it.


By the way, it is totally acceptable here to get up and walk around and take photos - there were lots of family members with phones doing this, but I still can't bare to be noticed with my camera (I stick out enough already) but a day will come when I will just get over that. Soon. Very soon.  But alas, I was able to capture a lot over the heads and shoulders of the people in front of me :)


See what I mean.  This was one of the pastors/singers performing the wedding. The audience DID look pretty good too!! But I digress . . .





During this time, the smell of rain falling filled the church, and when the wedding party emerged from the chapel, everyone was met with the most dramatic of skies.  It was as if heaven was participating in this celebration and the skies were filled with divine decorations.




Under the sherbert dusk, all of Chichigua and friends gathered, ate, celebrated.


Two of our Makarios staff, Darren Young a.k.a. El Doctor, and Margaret Beck, hostess extradorinaire, had the special honor of being in the Bridal party as Best Man and Matron of Honor. How COOL is that?????


Ronal the Ring Maker never looked more joyful! Will you join me in praying for a long and joyous marriage for him and Kikina???


Hope has feet.  And wings.  Hope does NOT disappoint.  Hope's beginnings are in tribulations' stretchings.  Hope is the drippings of God's Spirit. 


"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Romans 5: 1 - 5

2 comments :

  1. Beautiful as always!!! Miss you guys!!!! Xoxo

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  2. Just reread this and I love the way you started it. I miss that bright white smile! Thank you SO SO much for capturing some of their wedding!! (and ass far as sticking out with a camera, I feel you - I'm the exact same way. One day we'll both get over that:)

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