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Trinity United set to host Watoto Children’s Choir

The Watoto Children’s Choir returns to Fort Macleod on Saturday, Feb. 14.
The choir performs at 6 p.m. at Trinity United Church.
“We are indeed privileged to have them,” Rev. Eras Van Zyl said.
Admission will be by a free will offering for the Watoto Children’s Villages.
Watoto is an holistic care program initiated in response to the orphaned children and vulnerable women in Uganda, whose lives have been ravaged by war and disease.
Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of their parents either through war or disease. They live in Watoto children’s villages.
The Watoto Children’s Choir performed in Fort Macleod at the Alliance Church three years ago.
The performance at Trinity United Church is titled, “Oh, What Love.”
The experience of singing in the choir gives the children exposure to other cultures broadening their world view.
“After losing my parents I felt lonely, with no one to love me,” six-year-old Jackie Nakku said on the Watoto Web site. “Now I know that God is my father. He loves and cares for me. In the choir, I am going to show people that God loves them too.”
Performing in the choir gives them confidence and boldness and helps them rise up out of their own situations of sadness and despair.
Watoto Children’s Choirs have travelled internationally since 1994 as advocates for the estimated 50 million children in Africa, orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war, poverty and disease.
Accompanied by a team of adults, the choir presents Watoto’s vision and mission through their stories, music and dance.
Watoto choirs act as ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa.
Issues such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, the effects of war and the child soldier crisis in Northern Uganda are highlighted.
“God’s heart for the marginalized is not just to see individuals rescued but rather to see them thrive as their lives are transformed by His good news,” Watoto founder Gary Skinner said. “The stories of the children are real and represent thousands of others who are experiencing this incredible transformation.”

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