Bablu giving a romantic smile to his future wife Vishakha, with Joe sharing his own joyful smile!
Seema, Vishakha, Ajay, Bobby, Bablu and Ashish celebrating a most joyous occasion. Wish you could be here with us.
Bobby, Ajay and Diler enjoying the ceremony.
Offering prayer and thanksgiving to God who is always faithful.
Seema gives 7 types of fruits (symbolizing prosperity) as a gift to the bride.
Joe shares on the occasion as Dhan translates.
Vishakha and her mother.
Rev. Asher Wasker, a cousin of Bro. Girish and Vishakha's pastor, officiates the engagement ceremony.
Bablu, the first boy of our children's home, got engaged to Vishakha on the 7th of October. The Lord is so faithful to Bablu in providing him such a loving family as the one from which Vishakha comes. And it was so wonderful to have Joe's presence for this occasion.
And Indian engagements is more like a pre-wedding ceremony. While technically, Bablu has no one except his God-given family, Vishakha comes from a very large family. I believe God has compensated for what the enemy had stolen from Bablu’s life by giving him such a big family.
Vishakha comes from a very godly family: her mother is a pastor of one of the growing churches in Dehradun. She has one brother and one sister, both younger than her and both in the ministry serving the Lord.
At a normal engagement party in India 50 to 60 people attend, but we were amazed to see about 200 people at this engagement, which was sort of a wedding ceremony.
Joe paid a short visit to Mussoorie from 7th-10th of October, so grabbing this opportunity, Bablu decided to get engaged, knowing that Joe should be his "father" in asking the girl's father for the wedding. In the traditional Indian engagement ceremony, which is called “Mangni” (literary meaning "asking"), the boy’s family go to the girl’s family. The father of the girl asks before everyone the purpose of their visit. The boy’s father says, "We have come here to ask for the hand of your daughter in marriage to our son." If the girl’s father agrees (which is already an open secret by now), then the ceremony begins by exchanging vows.
God willing, Bablu and Vishakha will marry the middle of 2012.