Thank you Uncle John

He’s a father, an uncle, a teacher, a mentor and most of all Watoto Children’s Choir Bus Driver for all the Watoto U.S teams. He goes by many titles. His name is John Matiyosus.

Uncle John started serving with the Choir 8 years ago.

“I love serving with  the Watoto Children’s Choir.  My greatest moments are when I meet the new Aunties and Uncles and the Children who are traveling for the very first time in the U.S,” he says.

Uncle John with Daisy, Lucy and Abigail..

Uncle John with Daisy, Lucy and Abigail..

From the day Choir 82 landed at Dulles International Airport in Washington DC, September 26th,2016;  Uncle John has been taking good care of us while capturing every moment on his camera.

“Since  I started touring, I have come across about 300 children and I absolutely love all of them,” he adds.

He doesn’t stop at taking care of Choir teams that travel to the U.S, he also sponsors 5 children. For the next 6 months he’ll be traveling with Choir 84 in the Mid-West of the U.S who will be touring with our new production called Signs and Wonders. We wish him and the team an amazing experience as they testify of God’s greatness.

Uncle John with the children on Choir 82

Uncle John with the children on Choir 82

A blessing in a mall

 

Debbie Weaver and Lami Campbell where walking through Old Navy store in NC running their daily errands one Saturday morning when they ran into 9 boys in a straight line all dressed the same.

They were astonished to see this and before they could say a thing, all the boys greeted them in chorus.

“We were filled with so much joy and we were taken in awe at the kind of manners these little boys expressed to strangers,” says Auntie Debbie.

They had no idea what these boys where doing or who they were.

“Until 3 boys approached me from  the line. They asked for my name ad after telling the other boys who we were,they again greated us,” she explains with a smile. “And they always spoke in chorus,” she adds.

Jeff, Edison and Shafik where the young boys who aproached them. They shared about who they are, come from and about Watoto as the organisation. They later invited them for the concert- Oh What Love Worship exprience – that night.

“I was so impressed by the confidence in which they spoke and the knowledge they had about their home. Those little children; I was blown away,” remembers Auntie Lani.

Out of the abundance of their heart’s, the ladies paid for all the jeans that the children had picked out from the shelves.

Later that evening, keeping to their word;they came and watched the concert.

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Auntie Lani and Auntie Debbie with Timothy Paul and Timothy

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Auntie Lani with all the children

“We would love to see them again. My church is in South Carolina,and I’m going to speak to my pastors so we can have the Watoto Children’s Choir come to our church. Thank you for blessing my heart,” she smiles.

Signs & Wonders: New Watoto Choir Tour

In a world that walks in darkness we, the redeemed, are signs and wonders of God’s miraculous light.

“Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.” Isaiah 8: 18 (NASB)

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7 (ESV)

In January 2017 Watoto will launch a new production that celebrates the joy of salvation. The choir, whose members are orphans and other vulnerable children, will present new worship music from Watoto Church in Uganda and invite audiences to expect an encounter with God. Through the power of their testimonies the children will share stories of how their lives have been changed, and how they have been called into a life of purpose to transform their communities. Each story will declare the miracle of transformation – from darkness to light; from despair to hope; from loss to purpose; from fear to faith.

Audiences will be given the opportunity to respond by partnering with Watoto Church to rescue vulnerable women and children in Africa, raise them up as leaders, so they can rebuild their nation. Through song, dance and stories the children will proclaim the good news of the salvation that is available for all.