The International church we’re currently leading celebrated a joyful milestone this weekend. We had our first wedding! A woman who recently started attending our church approached us several weeks ago and asked if she and her fiancée could be married by our church. She is Malian and is marrying a man from Switzerland who is in Mali as part of the UN peacekeeping mission. We didn’t actually meet the groom until the day of the wedding as he has been in Switzerland recovering from injuries he received in a terrorist attack in Mali a couple of years ago.
The wedding ceremony and reception were Saturday at a hotel about 2 hours outside of Bamako where the couple had originally met. John asked a friend who’s an ordained pastor to officiate over the ceremony. Another man who attends our church is also an ordained minister and provided a message during the ceremony. John was asked to serve communion to the couple. Even though our church remains relatively small, we had 3 pastors from our congregation participate in the ceremony. The multilingual/multicultural ceremony was a combination of Malian, Swiss, and Nigerian to account for the diverse international backgrounds of the bride and groom and their families. On Sunday, we hosted a second reception at the church following our regular Sunday service for members of our church who were not able to attend the wedding.
Please join us is congratulating Mr. & Mrs. Sebastien and Deborah MICHEL. Also, please be praying for them. Sebastien is continuing his work with the peacekeeping operations in the north. He is a munitions and demining expert who specializes in deactivating land mines and explosive devices. Next week, he will relocate to the city of Gao which is the front line of the war while Deborah remains in Bamako. Please be praying for his safety and for this young marriage which is going to endure a lot of separation due to the nature of Sebastien’s work.