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

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.

Meet the Triplets on Choir 82

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With no doubt, you’ll spot them out of the 18 children set to travel to the USA on Choir 82  in September.

Timothy Nsubuga is the youngest of the 12-year-old triplets and loves playing drums; Thomas on the other loves to play basketball and Theodore can dance like there’s no tomorrow. One thing is common among the three, leadership skills.

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This is Timothy

They’re the oldest of all the boys on Choir 82 and from their behavior; they show that they have everything under control once they are left in charge. As leaders, they guide and assist the young ones in different activities of the day like practice, maintaining proper hygiene and reminding them of the different choir standards like Speaking English at all times.

Their story is not different from the rest of the children we have in Watoto. Before coming to Watoto, they had no hope of living to see the following day.

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This is Theodore

“We were born to a teenage mother. When we were 6 years old, she fell sick for a long time and eventually passed away. Our father left us on our own and up to this day, I don’t know where he is,” narrates Timothy Nsubuga.

At the age of 7, a Watoto social worker  found them alone and scared and brought them to Watoto. It was like the sun rising again in their lives.

Once in Watoto, their lives were  transformed. They fitted in so well and started going to school like other children. They had a roof over their heads in Watoto’s Bbira Village where they live with 5 brothers and sisters in a house, food and their medical needs as well were met.

“When we came to Watoto, we were given a new family and a home. Life became easy since we started getting everything we had ever longed for. But on top of that, we received love and we learnt that God is our father and can never leave us,” says Thomas Nsubuga.

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This is Thomas

The triplets will next year be sitting for their first ever National Examinations with other students in the whole of Uganda. They are studying hard to ensure that they’re among the top candidates in the country.

“I’m studying hard so I can become a surgeon and operate on children,” says Timothy.

While on Choir, they’ve been given opportunities to grow as leaders. Apart from being leaders, Theodore and Thomas are great dancers; and Timothy a great drummer.

Outside choir, Thomas loves playing basketball with his friends and when he grows up, he hopes to be a musician.

In Watoto we believe “it takes a village to raise a nation”.  This ‘village’ includes our Watoto mothers, choir care givers, teachers, the Watoto Church congregation as well as our sponsors, donors, friends and supporters from all over the world. Your contribution makes a big difference in the lives of the children.

For information on how you can be part of the Watoto story, go to https://www.watoto.com/ OR Book the choir now at https://www.watoto.com/app/choir/book