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Watoto Children’s Choir coming to area in June

The Watoto Children’s Choir, based in Kampala, Africa, spends many months each year on the road, spreading its message of hope and inspiration. Their most recent tour will include a stop in Minnesota, where they are scheduled to perform at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Perham on Wednesday, June 4, and Trinity Lutheran Church in Pelican Rapids on Thursday, June 5. Both performances are slated to begin at 7 p.m. Both performances are free and open to the public. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The Watoto Children’s Choir is winding down its 2014 tour with a stop in Minnesota early next month.

The choir will be performing at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Perham on Wednesday, June 4, and Trinity Lutheran Church in Pelican Rapids on Thursday, June 5.

St. Paul’s is located at 500 6th Ave. SW in Perham, while Trinity Lutheran is at 315 E. Mill St. in Pelican Rapids.

Both concerts are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The Watoto Children’s Choir acts as ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa.

Accompanied by a team of adults, the choir presents Watoto’s vision and mission through their stories, music and dance.

Watoto is a holistic child-care solution initiated to serve the dire needs of Africa and her people.

Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents.

They live in Watoto Children’s Villages where they receive the care and nurture they need to grow up as productive citizens of their own country.                            

With vibrant, original African music, dance routines and life-transforming stories, the tour is indicative of the new generation of leaders emerging out of Watoto.

“Through the choir’s Concert of Hope, we share a message of transformation by telling the story of Africa’s rescued orphans and women,” says Gary Skinner, Watoto’s founder.

“We hope to reach out to audiences with the message of Christ’s healing power,” he added.

With its genuine appeal, accompanied by music and dance — an energetic fusion of contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythm — the globally acclaimed Watoto Children’s Choirs has traveled internationally since 1994 as ambassadors for the millions of children in Africa, orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war and poverty.

Since its inception, 64 choirs have traveled globally, providing the children with a bigger worldview, an unusual opportunity they would otherwise never get.

The choirs have been to Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, France and the U.S, among others.

Their audiences have included royalty, presidents, ministers, and the ordinary person, capturing many hearts wherever they go.

Recently, Watoto Child Care Ministries announced the May 14 release of a single, “Heart of the Father,” written and performed by worship duo Brad and Rebekah, featuring the Watoto Children’s Choir, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the ministry’s work to rescue abandoned babies, orphaned children and vulnerable women in Africa.

The song is available for online purchase at iTunes.A video of the choir performing it can also be viewed on YouTube.

More information about Watoto is available online at, where visitors can also view a performance by the choir and learn more about its touring schedule.