In the last post I described the Thanksgiving service that my little brother JJ had after finishing university.
I just want to share a little about the graduation party we had that same afternoon.
After church we made our way back to Juna Amgara’s property.
Tents were set up and ready for guests. Soon we enjoyed a full Ugandan feast (matoke, kalo, rice, beans, g-nuts, potatoes, cabbage, pumpkin, pineapple, watermelon, & sodas). It was a great way to see many people for the first time since I returned to Uganda earlier in the week.
JJ had invited a few friends who had also recently graduated, to be honored with him. They had not had parties themselves, so he wanted them to join in his celebration.
Several people gave speeches: classmates, parents, me, Matt Kehn, & JJ himself. All of them had the same theme of pride and encouragement for JJ. An ABIDE alumnus, who is a Christian rap artist, performed a couple of songs. Here is a link where you can listen to one of them.
We cut cakes, and every received a small sample. Then some people gave the graduate gifts. I didn’t graduate, but somehow I ended up receiving gifts too! Eventually we prayed a blessing over JJ & the other graduates.
The party finished up sometime after 5:00pm…what a long day! But it was a good day of celebration.