~An Atypical Tuesday Morning ~
On Tuesday morning at 11, I was invited to attend a wedding among the Badjao. When I asked why get married Tuesday morning at 11? The answer made me smile. To understand the answer you must know that the Badjao are a native ethnic group in the Philippines. They are social outcasts, sea gypsies and street beggars. They have their own language and live in stilted housed on the sea. Most are Muslim but not all. Those who live in Isla Verde are some of the poorest. So when I asked why Tuesday morning? I was told, “When nobody works; Why not?”
They sat on a bench with their hands neatly folded on golden pillows and stared stoically as the crowd bustled in close for a better view. The crowd stood quietly as they exchanged rings and vowed to love each other in a way that would glorify God! Then slowly, the church emptied and the kids ran for the cake. It was simple and lovely. There was just one thing. The groom was reluctant…and the bride was hopeful. Their families had arranged it for social prestige and money. She came with a hefty dowry (14,000 pesos or $300.00 US). ….. And he had no choice. Pray that they learn to love each other as Christ loves the church!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Happy New Year!!! This new year's eve a few of us decided to stay in and have an "ugly dress party"! We went to the thrift stores (Aka Uki-uki shopping, which are outdoor stalls with thrift store cast offs) and bought the ugliest dresses we could find! I'm in the white 1980's number! Oh... it takes me back! I know this will be hard to believe. But my dress actually had the original tags on it! I was the first to wear it! :- ) We played a few games, did a cat-walk to compete for 'worst dressed' and then topped it off with the worlds worst 'talent' show. It was a hoot! Happy New Year everyone!!!