Acclaimed Troupe of Ugandan Orphans Travel On U.S. Tour, Presenting Inspiring Production Signs & 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 Iowa and Nebraska area from May 2, 2018 through May 17, 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 Iowa and Nebraska area includes the following performances:

IOWA:        
2-MAY
Eternity Church at 6:00pm
2000 NW 100th Street, Clive, IA 50325 – Contact: 515-223-9260

3-MAY
Iowa Christian Academy at 10:00am
2501 Vine Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265 – Contact: 515-221-3999

3-MAY
Nashua Congregational Church at 7:00pm
404 Woodbridge Street, Nashua, IA 50658

4-MAY
New Sharon Assembly of God at 7:00pm
208 E. Maple, New Sharon, IA 50207 – Contact: 641-637-2575

5-MAY
Mt. Olive Baptist Church at 5:30pm
3100 2nd Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313 – Contact: 515-282-7947

6-MAY
Heartland Presbyterian Church at 10:00am
14300 Hickman Road, Clive, IA 50325 – Contact: 515-987-4246

6-MAY
Grimes UMC at 6:00pm
801 W. 1st Street, Grimes, IA 50111 – Contact: 515-986-4036                                                

8-MAY
Experience Church at 7:00pm
3800 E. Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317 – Contact: 515-262-7302

9-MAY
Calvary Christian Reformed Church at 7:00pm
408 Maple Street, Pella, IA 50219 – Contact: 641-628-4552

10-MAY
Harvest Vineyard Church at 7:00pm
320 S. 17th Street, Ames, IA 50010 – Contact: 515-290-6881

11-MAY
Abundant Life Church at 7:00pm
1610 Chatburn Avenue, Harlan, IA 51547 - Contact: 712-755-7420

12- MAY
Corpus Christi Catholic Parish hosted at Alberts High School at 6:00pm
400 Gleason Avenue, Council Bluffs, IA 51503 – Contact: 712-326-2916

17-MAY
Friendship Community Church at 7:00pm
305 Sergeant Square Drive, Sergeant Bluff, IA 51054 – Contact: 712-943-6363

NEBRASKA:
13-MAY
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church at 8:15am & 10:45am
1200 S. 40th Street, Lincoln, NE 68510 – Contact: 402-483-4126

13-MAY
College View SDA Church – time TBD
4801 Prescott Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68506 - Contact: 402-486-2880                                            

15-MAY
Crete Berean Church hosted at Doane University at 7:00pm
395 County Road, Crete, NE 68333 – Contact: 402-826-3134

For a complete choir tour schedule, please visit https://www.watoto.com/app/choir/calendar

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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Renee Burgdorf
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