We arrived at the Windsor grounds on Saturday 5th May. It has been a time we all looked forward to. Soon after our arrival we met Isobela Hatton (our contact person) , one of the organisers of the Royal Windsor Horse Show as part of the Celebration of the Queen’s jubilee. The excitement filled the air as we got closer to our final destination after going past the security check point. People from all over the world came here to Celebrate this occasion and over 500 horses were flown in from around the world.
On Wednesday 9th May we went to visit Windsor Castle. We were all filled with awe as we got into the painting rooms, dressing rooms, water loo memorial room and many other places inside the Castle.
On friday we got an invitation inside the Castle. Lydia, Daphine, Alfred and Charles were selected to represent Watoto Children on Choir 52 while Sheila, Graham, Ruth and I were the adults present. As her majesty neared our team she was surprised to receive a hug from Lydia with a big smile on her face. This quickly attracted media interest and today she made it on the front page of The Sunday Telegraph including a number of newspapers here in the Uk as well as home in Uganda. She said: I was so happy to hug the Queen! As Patrick interviewed her later she said I love to give hugs to people because that is how I show them I care!
The Queen had a big smile on her face as I introduced every member of the team and she said she was looking forward to the performance on Sunday 13th May.
As they welcomed the African section the announcer concluded and we welcome from Uganda East Africa the wonderful Watoto Children’s Choir. A thunderous applause followed as we sang Beautiful Africa and Not forgotten. Many people were touched by the love of Jesus as the Children sang! We later joined the Lion King crew as we sang “He lives in me” together with the Nairobi Chamber Choir!
God’s name has been made famous not only through our evening performances but also during the day as we were given 20 minutes each day in the Cultural Pavilion to sing and share the love Jesus Christ with the audience.
A full Story of Lydia is out in the Telegraph today. The reporter travelled to Gulu where Lydia comes from and met her mother, brothers and sisters as well as Lydia’s friends. Everyone was telling him how loving a person Lydia is and how much everyone misses her back home. A simple gesture of love goes a long way to tell people that there is a God who heals, rescues and restores. Lydia is just one of many Children whose stories are being transformed by the Love of Jesus Christ. Watoto is a just a tool God is using to make his name famous.