“Always go to the wedding,” my father-in-law says. “You’ll get to see almost as many people as at the funerals, and they’re a lot more fun.”
There are a lot of reasons I like to pay attention to my father-in-law, and this one is easy. When we found out that the proposed “summit meeting” for our partnership conversations would not be happening in January, we looked toward a post-Easter date and were thrilled to discover that if we came to Blantyre in mid-April we’d be together with our dear friends Silas and Margaret Ncozana in time to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.
The day was packed full – first, there was a “wedding” with a renewal of vows at St. Michael and All Angels CCAP. Then a “town reception” at a nearby garden spot, and finally many of the international guests headed north to Kutchire lodge for a meal and a chance to sleep in the Liwonde National Park. It was a great day in so many ways, and one of the best of them was the chance to connect with friends who have become dear over a quarter of a century of partnership. I’ll confess that I stopped taking pictures and started just engaging with the people who were there, but here are a few images of a great day.
Again, please do not take these photos as representative of the entire day or the vast range of participants. As indicated above, it’s just a glimpse into a day celebrating a marvelous couple whose love for and with each other has strengthened and encouraged countless other people in thousands of “villages” around the world. Thanks be to God!