The Wedding Singer
At the end of November, I was invited to take a trip to Morogoro, Tanzania, to visit a primary school started by IMB missionaries. The purpose of the trip was to gather information and see first hand the needs and then begin praying about how and if God would lead us to join the ministry as it grows.
It was an incredible experience for me, and I am thankful to God for allowing me to return to a place I truly love. I love everything about Africa. The landscape and the people are beautiful. One of the things I really like to do is listen to people speaking another language and just enjoy the different sounds and words that make up the language. One evening while there, I was in the process of doing just that. Listening to people around me speaking Swahili and trying to pick out a word here or there that I was familiar with. The little hotel that we stayed in had an empty field next to it as part of the grounds, and this particular night they had it set up for a wedding reception. They even had a wedding singer. After a few minutes, the guests began to fill in the tables, and they kicked off the reception with the first dance. As they began to play and sing, the music sounded strangely familiar, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. After a few moments, it got to the chorus, and I figured it out. The first dance was, “You Picked a Fine Time to Leave me Lucille!” In English! And later on, he sang “The Gambler” and “Coward of the County” as well. I can tell you one thing, that wedding singer definitely wanted to distinguish himself from the other wedding singers in the area. He did not want to just blend in to the crowd.
Let’s make 2018 a year that we, as believers, decide to not just blend into the crowd but distinguish ourselves from the world by our love and passionate pursuit of Christ! When you find yourself looking a little too much like the world around you, just take a moment and remember that Tanzanian wedding singer.
Keep The Faith,