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 Illinois, Wisconsin, and Missouri area from June 19, 2018 through July 8, 2018 featuring a brand new concert, Signs & Wonders!

The children have performed before royalty and world leaders at venues including Buckingham Palace and the White House.

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 Illinois, Wisconsin, and Missouri area includes the following performances:

ILLINOIS:
19-Jun-18
Vermont St UMC at 7:00pm
818 Vermont Street, Quincy, IL 62301 - Contact: 217-222-7468

21-Jun-18
Arthur Christian School at 7:00pm
1637 State Hwy 133, Arthur, IL 61911 - Contact: 217-543-2397

22-Jun-18
Friday Trinity Lutheran Church at 6:00pm
701 E. Florida Ave., Urbana, IL 61801 - Contact: 217-367-8923

23-Jun-18
Victory Church at 6:00pm
18180 US Highway 150,    Bloomington, IL 61705 - Contact: 309-663-7233

24-Jun-18
First Assembly of God at 8:30am & 10:15am
800 East Vernon Avenue, Normal, IL 61761 - Contact: 309-454-2402

24-Jun18
Southside Christian Church at 6:30pm
2600 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL 62704 - Contact: 217-525-0304

26-Jun18
New Life Lutheran Church at 6:30pm
702 West Lynn Blvd., Sterling, IL 60451 - Contact: 815-499-6552

27-Jun-18
King's Dominion Int'l Church at 7:00pm
11625 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60643        

28-Jun-18
Wespath Benefits and Investments at 11:15am
1901 Chestnut Ave., Glenview, IL 60025

1-Jul-18
Christian Church of Clarendon Hills at 9:00am, 10:45am & 6:00pm
5750 Holmes Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514 - Contact: 630-323-3456 

3-Jul-18
New Life Bible Church at 6:30pm
2285 Hoisington Rd., Pecatonica, IL 61063 - Contact: 815-335-1405

6-Jul-18
All Nations Community Church of Homewood at 7:00pm
18620 S. Kedzie Avenue, Homewood, IL 60430 - Contact: 708-799-6910

7-Jul-18
First UMC of Arlington Heights at 6:00pm
1903 E. Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 - Contact: 847-255-5112

8-Jul-18
Hope Church at 10:00am
5707 Wolf Road, La Grange, IL 60525 - Contact: 708-246-2780
 
8-Jul-18
Faith Lutheran Church at 6:30pm
3000 Liberty St., Aurora,    IL 60502 - Contact: 630-862-3500    

WISCONSIN:
28-Jun-18
Central UMC at 7:00pm
639 N. 25th Street Milwaukee, WI 53233 - Contact: 414-344-1600

29-Jun-18
Bethel Baptist Church at 6:30pm
3300 Mt. Zion Ave., Janesville, WI 53546 - Contact: 608-754-8711

5-Jul-18
Racine Church of Christ at 6:30pm    
4649 Lora Street, Racine, WI 53402 - Contact: 414-241-0251

MISSOURI
20-Jun-18
Calvary Baptist Church at 6:30pm
4605 W. Ely Rd., Hannibal, MO 63401 - Contact: 573-221-1404

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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