Acclaimed Troupe of Ugandan Orphans Travel on U.S. Tour Presenting Inspiring Production, Signs and Wonders

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The Watoto Children’s Choir, a group of 18 orphans from Uganda, will continue its six-month U.S. tour in the Arkansas, Missouri & Illinois area from March 30, 2018 through April 30, 2018 featuring a brand new concert, Signs & Wonders.

Since 1994, Watoto Children’s Choirs have traveled the world, shining a light on the plight of Africa’s orphaned children.

Along with energetic singing and dancing, the children will share inspiring stories of how their lives have been changed and how they have been called into a life of purpose to transform their communities. The show is an expression of joy from children who have been rescued after losing one or both parents to live in one of three Watoto villages. Their stories are journeys from despair to hope and from fear to faith.

Since 1994, Watoto Children’s Choirs have traveled the world, shining a light on the plight of Africa’s orphaned children. Each year, the choirs advocate for millions of African children currently orphaned by AIDS, poverty, and war. The children have performed before royalty and world leaders at venues including Buckingham Palace and the White House.

The choirs are part of the leadership training program of Watoto Child Care Ministries, which currently cares for more than 3,000 children living in family settings rather than an institution.

“I am excited to be a part of Signs & Wonders,” said Esther Kahangi, who was abandoned at a hospital and rescued by Watoto as a premature baby and spent her first weeks in critical care. “I know that I am a wonder because I am chosen by God as His child.”

“What an extraordinary experience it is to see the Watoto Children’s Choir,” said Brian Houston, Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church. “It lights up the place to see these beautiful kids, and when you hear their stories and learn about where they have come from, you can’t help but think of all God has done.”

The upcoming schedule of the Watoto Children’s Choir in the Arkansas, Missouri & Illinois area includes the following performances:

ARKANSAS:
30-March
First Baptist Church at 6:00pm
312 W. Wilbur Mills Kensett, AR 72082 - Contact: 501-742-3520

31-March
Grace Baptist Church at 6:00pm
408 N. Walkers Corner Rd., Scott, AR 74142 - Contact: 501-416-7372

1-April
Eagle Saints Outreach Church at 10:00am & 7:00pm
7314 Geyer Springs Rd., Little Rock, AR 72209 - Contact: 501-626-2511

3-April
Salem UMC at 7:00pm
1647 Salem Rd., Benton, AR 72019 - Contact: 501-316-2282        

4-April
Marshall Road Baptist Church at 6:00pm
821 Marshall Rd., Jacksonville AR 72076 - Contact: 501-831-2317

MISSOURI
5-April    
Connection Point Church at 5:00pm
1506 South Farmington, Jackson, MO 63755 - Contact: 573-243-8467

6-April
Esther Baptist Church at 7:00pm
4127th Street Park Hills, MO, 63601 - Contact: 573-431-1265        

7-April
South City Church at 6:00pm
2109 S. Spring Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110 - Contact: 314-827-6487

14-April
Novation Church at 6:00pm
2912 Chippew,a St. Louis, MO - Contact: 314-827-5516​    

15-April
First Assembly Church at 10:30am / 6:00pm
4750 N. Service Rd., St. Peters, MO 63376 - Contact: 636-936-1912    

ILLINOIS
8-April
Faith Family Church at 8:30am /1:00pm
704 N. Green Mount, Shiloh, IL 62221 - Contact: 618-277-0232

8-April
Nameoki UMC at 7:00pm
1900 Pontoon Rd., Granite City, IL 62040 - Contact: 618-877-1936     

For a complete choir tour schedule, please visit http://www.watoto.com/choir.

About the Watoto Children’s Choir
Since 1994, the Watoto Children’s Choirs have toured the world annually as advocates for the 18 million African children currently orphaned by AIDS. The experience of travelling on a choir helps the children to develop confidence and boldness, as well as broadening their worldview. The choirs have performed before presidents and royalty in the White House, Buckingham Palace, the United Nations and many other national parliaments.  The choir has also performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in the UK and is featured on Chris Tomlin’s album, “Hello, Love.”

About Watoto Child Care Ministry
In 1994, Watoto Church founded Watoto Child Care Ministry, an international holistic care program that was initiated as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned and vulnerable children and women in Uganda. It is positioned to rescue an individual, raise each one as a leader in their chosen sphere of life so that they in turn will rebuild their nation.

The model involves physical care, medical intervention including HIV/AIDS treatment, education - formal and vocational, counseling and emotional well-being as well as moral and spiritual discipleship.

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