CHOIR 88: HOME SWEET HOME (WELL DONE CHOIR 88)

Home sweet home
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Is it really true that east to west north to south home is the best?
If its true, what really makes it the best? Let’s find out this together.

It’s been a week now since we returned back home from a tour experience that was phenomenal. What made this tour so great is encrypted within all our blogs where we have shared our awesome experiences weekly. You can find all of them here.
Well part of this experience was that we found souls that welcomed and loved us like their very own that never at ounce did we ever feel like we weren’t at home. They gave us a place full of peace, love, comfort and so secure with an overflow of generosity that we couldn’t wish for anything more. We cannot stop saying thank you and God bless every soul that welcomed Watoto into their heart, churches, homes, organizations and schools. We returned home so happy and healthy all because of your warm generous hands.

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Life after tour back at home

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Ivan with his mother in Watoto Laminadera Village in Gulu.

Six months is quite a big bunch of time away from home. Six months living with different people with different cultures living in different countries or areas with different beliefs and norms that eat different food is such a big experience that we had. Was this enjoyable? With no doubt yes we enjoyed every moment of it because of people that we met.
After all that, returning home is another cultural shock because our minds and body have been used to something else. That’s not mentioning the jet lag experience.
They say, “where the stream has ever flowed it will flow again.”
Returning home was returning to where it all started and to where all our life story was birthed.

“What makes home the best is not because its the most fancy or beautiful or safe but because its where the story of our life is birthed or founded.” Mark

As a choir, we were glad and so happy to return to our grounds. We were welcomed back home as heroes with great honour like a victorious army after a war.

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Watoto children’s choir 88 at Watoto Church Downtown being welcomed back.

Seeing old friends and family members was such a joy like of a man in a desert seeing drops of rain after a very long time.
We returned the children back to Watoto villages or homes to be reunited with their mothers, sisters and brothers and also friends. The moment was so golden as they had tears of joy seeing their sons and daughters come back very healthy and grown.

“You can go to so many places that can feel like home but no place can be like home, home is a place like no other.” Mark.

Well done.

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Six months tour experience was a great success for us because we went out there and fought the good fight and we emerged as victors. The journey wasn’t easy but we woke up everyday with great determination and hope knowing that we will make it by God’s sufficient grace and perfect power.

“A champion will fight through everything.” Floyd Mayweather Jr.

We returned not as failures but as champions because we had run our race so well and it was finished. The secret of our victory and success was in prayer, thanksgiving and not worrying about anything. Generally it was in the fellowships we had as a team or family always that kept us going, strong, encouraged and working together.

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“In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.” Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭ASV‬‬

With God at centre of it all, all our paths were guided to meet the right people, places, support and everything we needed to become great champions.

The ground staff that supported us from the road appreciated us so much in a way that was humbling and inspiring.

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One of the ground staff in her words said, “we set you out there because we trusted you and we knew you were more than able to tell our story no matter what. It wasn’t easy because we know but you made it through so strong without ashaming us. You represented us so well but above it all you have made God a proud father. Thank you so much for being such a light to the world, I believe you so many must have been inspired by your great work done. God bless you.”

Imagine the colour of our hearts and faces after such a great inspiring speech, we will let you enjoy the brightness and joy within these moments.

There is such a fulfilment in saying thank you to those that have done good because it’s the indirect way of motivating them to keep doing good but on side B it’s also a humble way of saying you have blessed me.

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Children with their well done certificates. Thank you

Do you always say thank you to those that have given or spoken or been there for you?

“None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someone’s help is a big part of understanding the importance of saying thank you.” Harvey Mackay

Well done to all the children and adults of choir 88 and may God greatly increase you and bless all your heart desires and He also bless your time with family and friends that as you rest, all your energies will be restored with greatness and that all your good works shall be blessed and may you stay inspired and motivated to do good always and forever AMEN.

CHOIR 88: WEBALE ASIA

Back home in Uganda we say ‘Webale Nnyo’, which means thank you so much.
As choir88 we want to say webale webale webale nnyo.

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“Behind every champion there is great inspiration.” Mark Pius.

We are champions who have run our race so well and our crown is every experience we have encountered that has left us with great memories. Our inspiration has been every soul that we have met and they have become family as they have loved, guided, cared, and helped us in so many ways.

Our greatest inspiration has been God, one who has opened so many doors for us to find this great experience and also given us courage to run this race.

“Give thanks to the Lord and pray to Him. Tell the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, Sing praises to Him and tell all the wonderful things He has done.” 1 Chronicles16:8-9.

From every platform that is from Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia that we have been given we have shared one story of Signs & Wonders of God’s love for us.
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This is our story and our song, He has redeemed and called us His very own.
Out of the ashes He lifted us, He set out on higher ground, now we live with confidence knowing that no matter what may come our way we will not be shaken or be moved for we are signs and wonders.
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God has made everything new for us, we were souls that once were abandoned but today, we know we are children of God who are no longer slaves to fear of our past, for they have been drowned in His perfect love.
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This has been our race. To go out to the corners of Asia and tell of this story as we sing and dance on God’s great dance floor. But also as we share through our testimonies of how once we and our mothers have been vulnerable but now we have been changed, healed, freed and delivered. We have found joy, peace, grace and favour. Surely we won’t go back to way things used to be before His presence came and changed us.
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We have shared this story to wherever we have been given an ear so that the souls can also have an experience of how good God’s love is. So that they can also come, feel, and stand alive just like us. We have carried one desire at heart; seeking everyday that His Kingdom come and His will be done upon us and everywhere we go.
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For six months, we have been celebrating our story as we danced to the beat of God’s love, a love that is deeper than all fears, stronger than our past and higher than our hopes. We have heard and seen so many testimonies happen and surely God’s love burst forth echoing in so many hearts.

Day by day, we have lived every moment and we are glad we have made it to the end.
We have had not only a shoulder but shoulders that have carried us through all storms and valleys. There are no words good enough to speak of your love, care, support, sacrifices, and prayers for us. We want to say for everything you have done webale nnyo and forever we will cherish you at heart because together, we have made mark of Signs  & Wonders.


Our race has been embraced with so many highlights as you can read from all our blogs or even follow our experiences on Facebook at #keepingupwithchoir88 and #Choir88Asia. So many beautiful and amazing things we have seen and experienced, surely we serve a God of wonders.

There is a time to come and time to go, a time to start and time to finish.
We came and started this race in Hong Kong and we have finished it in Malaysia and its time now to go back home in Uganda, East Africa.
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This is not the end of it all, for our story is so big that we can’t stop sharing it to ends of the world until all have heard and believed. ( Mathew28:19)
Over the hills and the mountains in every nation we will always echo what the Lord has done for us.
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If you have experienced or been a part of this beautiful story, know that more is yet to come. So get to our website Watoto.asia and see when the next choir will be in your town or your country. Don’t keep the light to your self, shine this light to your family, friends, neighbours and your enemies hahahaha for you never know who might need to hear this sound of hope.

May the Lord bless you and take care of you, may the Lord be kind and gracious to you, may the Lord look on you with favour and give you peace, Amen.


We are all God’s Signs & Wonders.

CHOIR 88: YOU ARE FAMILY (ALL OUR BELOVED HOSTS)

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Hospitality is not only inviting in strangers or friends into your home but it’s making your guests feel at home. They say, “East or West, home is the best.” Hence Hospitality is making your guests feel like, where have we been all this long?

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Let’s be honest for a moment. Not many people would allow anyone they have no sort of history with to stay in their homes, otherwise there wouldn’t be homeless people on the streets. But this story is about the 5% that actually let a couple of strangers into their homes, with no idea what they looked like.

Hebrews 13:2 “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

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This is a story of strangers that collided and became instant friends. A story of people who so freely, lovingly opened up their homes to a family of orphans and adults. It’s been six months in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia  but not once have we slept on the street, or gone to bed hungry. We’ve been fully pampered and loved in ways so unexplainable you’d have to experience it yourself to understand.

In six months the kids and adults have been to places that locals haven’t even been and it’s been mind blowing.

We’ve heard stories of transformation from some of the hosts as they have been blessed by the little ones and their stories. Oh but enough about us.

This is a thank you note for our hosts.
The ones that have so easily made us feel like family, given us food for each passing day and places to lay our heads after long days, driven to far off places to pick us up after our late night shows, the ones that have shown us around so well we would give them the tour guides of the year award. I know it’s safe to say this experience wouldn’t have been the same without these big hearts, some, literally kindred spirits. We are and will forever be grateful for this opportunity to live, love and be loved by you. We don’t take it for granted.
To All our hosts.
On behalf of Watoto Choir 88

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SAN FU SAI, ALIGATO, TELI MAKASE, THANK YOU.  😊

WEBALE WEBALE WEBALE NYO.