Since our last update, Choir 61 has crossed the Tasman Sea to Tasmania where we had a quick, but productive visit to the island for 10 days.
We traveled on the Spirit of Tasmania which was the children’s first experience on such a large boat. They commented that they could feel the waves crash against the boat and it felt like the boat was going in and out of the water. They described it as ‘an amazing ride!’
While in Tasmania, the choir visited different churches and schools and had a particularly memorable experience at Launceston Grammar. We were able to interact with the children at the school and they taught us how to make a chatterbox which is made out of paper and had different colours and wording. For example, “our Lord loves you” or “don’t forget that Jesus loves you”. The choir really enjoyed this exercise with their new friends at Launceston Grammar.
In our last blog we introduced you to beautiful siblings Gloria and Ambrose who are travelling together on Choir 61, but did you know we also have biological twins traveling with the choir? Zac and Zoe were rescued as young babies and cared for at Baby Watoto until they were old enough to graduate to a Watoto village where they now live. They live in Bbira village which is approximately half an hour from the capital city of Uganda, Kampala and they are both so excited to have the opportunity to travel together on the same tour!
You also may or may not be aware, but for every Watoto choir that travels, there are two people who are appointed as team leaders. Choir 61 has the privilege of having Uncle Mark and Auntie Alex as the team leaders. They are loving and caring and that love and care is also shown by the other uncles and aunties to the children. These adults are incredibly encouraging and influential for the children on tour.
Whilst in Hobart, some of the children were taken by their host families to Mount Wellington where they saw snow for the very first time!
Some of the children also had the chance to go to Tasmania’s most popular wildlife park, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, where they had the opportunity to see and interact with many different animals. We all agreed that the well-known Tasmanian devil was the most fascinating one.
We were also able to touch a koala whilst at the sanctuary!
Thank you to all the churches, schools, host families and many others who showered us with love while in Tasmania – we had an incredible time! We are now traveling through Victoria and can’t wait to have many more new and exciting experiences here! Make sure you check out the Choir Itinerary to find out where we are performing near you!
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