The Watoto Children's Choir returns to Greater Sudbury March 18 for two performances at local churches.
They'll be performing at New Sudbury Pentecostal Church at 10:30 a.m. and Glad Tidings Church at 6 p.m. that day.
“The Watoto Children’s Choir is thrilled to be returning to Canada with Signs & Wonders, a beautiful musical production that celebrates the joy of salvation,” a press release said.
Watoto Children’s Choirs have travelled extensively since 1994, sharing a message of hope for Africa’s orphans and widows.
To date, the choir has toured six continents and performed to audiences in schools, retirement homes, churches, parliaments, state houses and royal palaces.
Each child in the Watoto Children’s Choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents and now lives in a Watoto village.
The experience of travelling on a choir helps the children to develop confidence and boldness, as well as broadening their worldview, said a press release.
Accompanied by a team of adults, the choir presents Watoto’s vision and mission by sharing personal stories, music and dance.
While on the road, the children act as advocates for the millions of other African children who have experienced the same heartbreaking pain and suffering as them.
Ten-year-old Luke Atabua is one of the children who will be travelling with the choir. He was rescued by Baby Watoto in 2009.
Like thousands of other children cared for by Watoto, Luke was abandoned on the streets of Kampala.
He was brought to Baby Watoto as a malnourished two-year-old. Fortunately, his story did not end there. Today, he is a very well-behaved young boy, with a passion for dance and hopes to accomplish much with his life.
“I am excited to be travelling to Canada in 2018,” he said in a press release.
“I cannot wait to share the love of Jesus with the people we sing to and meet. Through Watoto, God changed my life. I have a family, I go to school and I am happy.”
There's no admission to either performance, but free will offerings are accepted.