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 South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota areas from May 18, 2018 through June 1, 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 South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota areas includes the following performances:

SOUTH DAKOTA:        
18-MAY
The Point is to Serve at 7:00pm
506 N. Kiwanis Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57104 – Contact: 605-332-2074

20-MAY
First Reformed Church at 10:00am
516 W. 14th, Mitchell, SD 57301 – Contact: 605-996-5449

20-MAY
First Reformed Church at 7:00pm
101 North Main St., Platte, SD 57369 – Contact: 605-337-3251

23-MAY
Sioux Falls First AOG at 6:45pm
6300 W. 41st St., Sioux Falls, SD 57106 – Contact: 605-361-6300

IOWA:
22-MAY
Living Word Outreach Ministries at 7:00pm
905 10th Ave. SE, Spencer, IA 51301 – Contact: 712-262-9545

MINNESTOA:
24-MAY
Hope UMC hosted at Blue Earth H.S. at 7:00pm
1125 Highway 169 North, Blue Earth, MN 56013 – Contact: 507-526-2144

25-MAY
The Wherehouse hosted at Buetow Auditorium (Concordia Univ.) at 7:00pm
300 Hamline Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104 – Contact: 314-497-0339

29-MAY
St Paul's Lutheran Church at 7:00pm
500 6th Ave. SW, Perham, MN 56573 – Contact: 218-346-7725

30-MAY
North Star Church hosted at Irongate Mall at 6:30pm
990 W 41st St., Hibbing, MN 55746 – Contact: 218-263-1403

31-MAY
North Star Virginia at 6:00pm
302 2nd Ave. North, Virginia, MN 55792 – Contact: 218-750-7966

1-JUNE
Moose Lake UMC hosted @ Moose Lake H.S. at 7:00pm
4812 County Road 10, Moose Lake, MN 55767 – Contact: 218-485-4605

NORTH DAKOTA:
27-MAY
Peace Lutheran Church at 10:00am
1011 12th Ave., N. Fargo, ND 58102 – Contact: 701-232-7166

27-MAY
Hope Lutheran Church at 6:00pm
3636 25th St. South, Fargo, ND 58104 – Contact: 701-235-6629

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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