Watoto Children’s Choir to bring “Concert of Hope” to Dover
The Watoto Children’s Choir of Africa presents a new choir production entitled “Oh What Love” at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, corner of Locust and Hale Streets in Dover, on Tuesday, October 25, at 7 pm. A freewill offering will be accepted.
“Oh, What Love” brings out the unique God-given talents of young Africans to express their hope. Almost twenty local Ugandan songwriters have contributed to crafting songs that share the stories of the orphan child and God’s love.
The choir’s tour began in Norway in September of 2015, found its way to Phoenix, Arizona last December, and is touring the northeastern part of the United States this fall.
Since 1994, the Watoto Children’s Choirs have toured the world annually as advocates for the 18 million African children currently orphaned by AIDS. ‘Concerts of Hope’ are held in churches, community halls, schools and other venues globally. The choirs have performed before presidents and royalty in the White House, Buckingham Palace and many other national parliaments. The choir also performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in the United Kingdom.
Audiences are inspired as the children sing, dance and celebrate their story of hope. The production is indicative of emerging, modern Africa – a continent coming out of ruin and exploring its true identity. Africa is coming of age and so are her people. Her children and young adults are the key to the future.
“After losing my parents I felt alone, with no one to love me. Now I know that God is my father. He loves and cares for me. As I travel on the choir, I am going to show people that God loves them too,” says six-year-old Jackie Nakku.
Gary Skinner, Watoto Founder says, “God’s heart for the marginalized is not just to see individuals rescued, but rather to see them thrive as their lives are transformed. The stories of the children are real and represent thousands who are experiencing this transformation.”
This concert is hosted by St. John’s United Methodist Church and St. Thomas Episcopal Church.