The choir is made up of more than 20 Ugandan orphans who are among the 2 million children left parentless because of war and disease. The choir has traveled all over the world since its beginning in 1994 to raise awareness and funds for the Watoto organization.
The enthusiastic 90-minute performance included singing, dancing, and testimonies of the children, who shared their stories of tragedy turned to hope through Christ. The audience of students, faculty, staff, and families from surrounding communities were on their feet during one song, clapping and dancing as they worshipped along with the choir.
“It was incredible to hear their testimonies of hope and see the pure joy in their faces and in their performance,” said Becky Vanderzee ’12 of Dyer, Indiana. “It was a powerful reminder to me to find hope in my relationship with God on a daily basis.”
Christine Carter ’12 of Wheaton, Illinois, led the audience in prayer before a free-will offering was taken by the campus organization Acting on Aids. The event was hosted by Student Activities.
The children and their caregivers were welcomed into the homes of professors, staff members, community members, and other friends of the College after the concert to rest for the night. Their Midwest tour began in September and ends this month.
For more information about Watoto, visit www.watoto.com.