Sunday, January 27, 2008

Brazilian Wedding

Well, after 2 1/2 years in Porto Alegre, what I have been studiously avoiding at almost all costs finally happened. I wore a tie. For only the third time in our seven plus years of ministry in Brazil (the first two times, I ended up being over dressed), I strapped on a tie. The occasion? Officiating at my first wedding in Brazil.

Now, I've been to a few weddings here, but I've never been asked to help conduct one. It's just never come up. However, this one was a significant one. The couple serve as part of the leadership team in one of the neighborhoods where we are helping with a church plant
(the neighbhorhood that doesn't exist)

Most of the people in the neighborhood are not officially married, and most of the people in the church plant are not married either. Since the wedding, three couples in the church have expressed interst in legalizing their relationship. Even though the church building where the wedding was held is on the other side of the city from the church plant, the building was packed out with people from the neighborhood, both Christians, seekers, and some very lost people as well. From the three pastors present, they heard about God's plan for marriage, family, and salvation.

So, was it worth strapping on the tie? You bet. Pray with us that this wedding will provide the basis not only for people getting their relationships right with one another, but with God as well.

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