On Friday I was blessed to attend the one and only concert of the Watoto Children's Choir performed in Vancouver, British Columbia. I've heard of this Ugandan choir for many years and have seen them on television but never had the opportunity to go and hear them live. This year's concert was held at the Vancouver Chinese Pentecostal Church in East Vancouver. Pastor Ivan Chu gave a few brief introductory and welcome remarks before turning the stage over for the evening.
This young man and his wife (not in photo) lead the contingent of the Watoto Children's Choir that travels throughout Canada for six (6) months each year. His wife conducts the choir. Together they have been travelling with the choir for the past 4 years.
the children give a very high energy performance. I love the expressions on their faces. When they are not dancing, speaking and singing, they are very serious about the message of the gospel. They are also very young. The girl in the front with black suspenders is only 7 years old. I believe the eldest child is 12. There are also 11 adults who travel with the children, some who are playing the instruments, some who are looking after sound and so on.
The young girl in the red dress is living with her mom and travels with the Children's Choir. Her family is the recipient of help from something new the Watoto Ministries is doing, expanding their help and support to single mothers. This girl's mother makes jewellery which is then sold by the choir when they tour. This is how the mother can support her family.
I was impressed by the heart of worship of these children.
I was very moved by the children's concert and by the heart of love the adults seem to have. I know they were very tired as they have been touring for the past 6 months. They will be finished their touring this week and then have a break before returning home to Kampala.
I managed to make a video of their opening song "Signs & Wonders" which is also the name of their choir's latest recording and 2018 Tour. I hope you enjoy.
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