By Our Reporter
Gifted not only with beautiful voices but charming personalities, these children encouraged and captivated the hearts of multitudes who showed up to witness the launch of their new production, ‘We Will Go’ at Watoto Church – downtown on Friday.
During the event, wearing colorful attire, dancing energetically, worshipping loudly with big smiles on their faces, the Watoto children’s Choir never gave the audience the impression of their past for a moment until they started to share their testimonies.
The ministry was founded in 1991 by Gary and Marilyn Skinner, to care for the thousands of Ugandan children orphaned by AIDS and civil war. Today it has bases in Uganda, United States, Canada and England, and since 1994 has been sending the choir around the world to minister, using a blend of contemporary gospel, African rhythm and dance.
Earlier speaking to UG Christian News, Watoto Church Pastor Edward Mwesigwa explained that the Church caters for over 2800 children and as much as they raise sponsorship as they visit one country after the other, their goal is to leave audiences filled with the love of Jesus Christ through their worship, testimonies and prayer.
The Ministry goal is to equip these children with the essential moral values and life skills that will enable them to make a significant and lasting impact on the future of their country.
Some of the children, not knowing who their parents were and some abandoned either by a single parent or a close relative, uplifted the faith of many while singing, “we will be your hands and feet, so send us Lord, we will go!”
The message that their production conveyed was about the willingness to serve God regardless of the circumstances before us.
All we need is just to have faith and patience just like they did and now they are in a better position, doing almost everything the children of their age do: they go to school, have a mother, siblings and friends and more importantly the Watoto bond which will make them a unique person and enable them to work for the betterment of their societies who need individuals like them.
Here are photos from the ‘We Will Go’ production launch.