New Choir Tour – Oh What Love

A New Watoto Children’s Choir Production

Imagine a new Africa. Reborn, revived, rebuilt. The all-new production, Oh What Love, by the Watoto Children’s Choir, presents the vitality of the new Africa. Its vibrance, urban sound and colour takes you on an emotional journey from utter despair to joyous celebration, as the children share their stories.

The tour begins in January 2015, bringing a dynamic worship experience by those who were once orphans, sharing their journeys to redemption and demonstrating God’s desire to be a loving father to all mankind.

“After losing my parents I felt lonely, with no one to love me. Now I know that God is my father. He loves and cares for me. On the choir, I am going to show people that God loves them too,” says six-year-old Jackie Nakku.

Gary Skinner, Watoto Founder says, “God’s heart for the marginalised is not just to see individuals rescued but rather to see them thrive as their lives are transformed by His good news. The stories of the children are real and represent thousands of others who are experiencing this incredible transformation.”

Based on the bible verse, 1 John 3:1, “See what kind of love the father has given us, that
 we should be called children of God, and so we are,” prepare for a unique worship experience. Underscored with the original sounds and rhythms of Africa, it blends traditional and modern dance.

Since 1994, Watoto children’s choirs have travelled all over the world sharing the plight of Africa’s orphaned and vulnerable, making an appeal to help raise these children so that they can rebuild their nation. Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both of their parents and they have been rescued and now live in Watoto village homes.

“All the children were once orphans. Through their unique personalities, they now communicate and share the sense of belonging they found in God their father. The concert is aimed at passing on a message of recommitment to God, as He desires to be a father to all,” says James Skinner, Creative Director: Watoto Children’s Choir.

Watoto’s previous choir production, Beautiful Africa: A New Generation, is in the final few months of tour in some select cities in USA, Europe and Asia.

Choir 67 – Dreaming Big

A dream is given more life when it is shared. Choir 67 had the privilege of being a part of an artistic impression of dream sharing called ‘DREAM BIG’.

Children from the Chinese Methodist School Tanner Hill and Church and our Watoto children spent time together painting and creating a visual representation of their dreams. It was a beautiful sight as each child then stood up and shared what their big dream is.

While some of the art work was fascinating, some pieces were …a work in progress. None the less it was a great opportunity to encourage the children in their dreams. As leaders, knowing the dreams of our children is another step to help connect us with them and further equips us as we parent them. We are more confident then ever,  after hearing the dreams expressed, that we are raising future leaders. The A-Team, Choir 67.

See below some pictures of this special day.

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Congratulations Choir 66!

This month Choir 66 wrapped up their tour of Australia and New Zealand and we said our farewells and returned home to Uganda. It has been a busy and exciting 5 months as we traveled throughout Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, the Northern Territory and the north island of New Zealand.

The tour has been a huge success. We have seen hundreds of people sign up for child sponsorship and raised much needed funds to continue the good work of Watoto. The highlight of tour was definitely seeing people realise the love of Jesus. It is an honour to travel and share a message of hope and we have loved having the opportunity to pray for people and share our testimonies of Gods goodness.

Thank you to everyone who came to see us perform and to all the generous churches, community groups and families who hosted us along the way. We would also like to thank the amazing volunteers who drove the team bus and truck throughout tour, we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you to Uncle Bryan who lead the team for the very first time, and the 9 Aunties and Uncles who cared so well for the children and did a fantastic job. Our 22 beautiful Watoto children, and future leaders of Uganda, have experienced the opportunity of a lifetime and their lives will never be the same.

Congratulations Choir 66!!

Here are a few of our favourite memories from tour…

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