It’s always thrilling to see our children meet their sponsors for the first time. When that happens on tour, it’s extra special. Stephanie, who is on Choir 78 in Canada was able to meet, not one, not two, but three of her sponsors.
Joan and Russell Joynt pose with Stephanie
Janet Poole shows off a letter with Stephanie’s footprint
They all started sponsoring her around the same time, 5 years ago, when she transitioned from Baby Watoto into her permanent family home in Suubi village. We first met Joan and Russell Joynt from Smithfalls, Ontario who drove an hour to see her. A week later, we connected with Janet Poole from Perth. She brought along letters she had of Stephanie saying that she wanted to be a nurse. Janet is a nurse herself.
Sarah Bell from Cobourg also drove an hour to meet us. She carried along the picture she received the day she became Stephanie’s sponsor. “It’s really neat to see someone whose picture you look at everyday and now she’s right there!” she said. We pray God’s blessing upon these beloved people.
Sarah Bell and her daughters all came to see Stephanie
Sarah shows off the picture from the day she sponsored Stephanie
Choir 78 jetted into Canada to start our leg of the Oh What Love tour. Our flight included a lay over in Amsterdam which gave the children an opportunity to learn how planes work. After a few more hours in the air, we landed in Toronto and set off for the camp. Everyone was excited to see snow – most of them for the first time. It was cold, but really beautiful. Thankfully we had some warm clothing and were able to enjoy the snow. Our week at the camp involved us eating Canadian food and getting used to the weather so we’re ready to roll. Come see us LIVE in concert.
Auntie Alex telling the children about how planes work
A walk in the snow
See you at our concert! Yes, you!!!
Every year the choir travels to different parts of the world with a clear purpose, to tell people about the hope they have found in Jesus and to raise awareness about the needs of orphaned children and vulnerable women in Africa.
At the beginning of every tour, there are 18 children that have never traveled before, who are super excited about this great adventure that is in front of them. How amazing is God that he allows orphaned children, who once had no home, the opportunity to share with the world about the big family they now belong to in Christ. Choir 77 arrived in the USA on January 8th, 2016. We will be touring through the mid-west starting in Dallas, TX and visiting Oklahoma, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois.
The team is so excited to take part in whatever great things God is going to do throughout this tour. All 18 children are ready and determined to bless people in America with their testimonies, singing and dancing. We have only been on tour for about a week now and performed 3 times, but already the excitement from people has been overwhelming. We have been warmly welcomed in the USA and can’t wait to continue on with tour. More to come from Choir 77, but first, here are a few pictures of the start of our tour.
Choir 77 at Texas Star
Worshiping with Uncle Jimmy during rehearsals
The children’s first ever burgers!
Brandina loves her Cheeseburger!
To see Choir 77 as they tour in the US, please check out http://www.watoto.com to find a date when they are in your area!