Signs of love
For a moment like this some people wait a lifetime, words sang by Kelly Clarkson echoed through the speakers in the church as the beautiful bride walked down the aisle with her father, Dennis Walters. For Paul Ebanks, this song was saying everything he could not say in words but felt while he waited for almost two years to marry his soulmate Jahmela.
When Paul and Jahmela met, signs of love were present even from the get go. They are both mute and hearing impaired and for these two, marriage was inevitable as both are Christians attending the Pentecostal Tabernacle on Wildman Street, downtown Kingston.
Like many other persons who are limited by disability, they had to get the support of their family and friends to make this dream a reality. The church also has a ministry for hearing impaired and the interpreters were also a vital part of the day's proceeding as both groups joined forces with the family to create a magical occasion on November 29.
While they are both hearing impaired, this did not stop them from communicating well with others. They are extremely loved by all who know them.
This day was not without challenges. The heavy downpour that was wreaking havoc across the city, did not hinder the wedding. Family and friends braved the weather to support the two. Pastor John-Mark Bartlet was the officiating minister and with the aid of his team of interpreters made their bridal bliss a reality and conducted a flawless ceremony.
He blessed the couple and encouraged them to continue moving forward with Christ at the centre of their lives.
Paul in his closing remarks, expressed how nervous and scared he was while waiting for the big day to arrive. But being a devoted Christian he said he prayed without ceasing that things will work out and no other man would get to marry his one true love, Jahmela.
Who says fairy tales don't come true? Paul and Jahmela are no longer among the group that is waiting for a moment like this.