Cape Town.. very early days

The tour started in cape town, lots of high expectations and we started right at the summit..TABLE MOUNTAIN… What a view! You feel so close to Heaven when you are up there. Heavy winds had seen the first booking cancelled but the following weekend had great weather and we hit the heights.

It was a memorable event going up there and the children maximized the opportunity.. It was simply amazing.. We had the team from Watoto Church Cape Town with us, all dressed in their Watoto t- shirts, Pastor Julius and his wife – Vernita, Carita, Nic, Beatrice.. It was such a fun time.

dancing on this mountain top

aunt lynn, uncle brian and uncle duncan drumming away

We enjoyed it so very much and we were pleased to have our friends from Watoto Church Cape Town with us that day..
Our journey through cape town was very special and this beautiful city, a great international attraction showed us that many people in South Africa would go on to embrace the message of Watoto and come alongside us to extend life, hope and a future to many vulnerable babies here in South Africa.

Our time in Cape Town saw us perform at Unashamedly Ethical, a gathering of men and women who desire to see excellence and integrity return to the everyday life of any service delivered anywhere in South Africa, we met the premier of Cape Town there, we also met some of South Africa’s great rugby players as well as a host of businessmen and women who loved the message of Watoto and what we were about and the relationships that were birthed out of that were special. We visited a number of old age homes and performed for the elderly which was special for us.

We visited churches in and around Sea point, got sponsored some great meals with great restaurants in Sea point and we has so much fun as the tour unfolded. God really has His hand of favor upon Watoto and we experienced this first hand in a place where not so many people knew about us and yet still, they rallied behind us offering us platform after platform and we knew that God is already up to something as we begin this journey to rescue, raise and rebuild lives here in South Africa..

What a journey!

It’s amazing when God takes you on a journey because you can always count on the surprises, the very easy and the not so easy times. Countless stories we have read and heard of , about how God has started individuals, families, communities, nations on a journey and the end result is what man can see and know that it is only the work of an awesome God. I think of the story of Joseph, Gideon and many others of how God picked them from out of the very least and made them achieve great things in their day and the stories we still tell many generations later.

South Africa is a journey that God has taken Watoto on and I believe that the testimonies and influence that God will have in this nation will be one that will be told generations later. And guess what, He has chosen the very least, the orphan, to capture the hearts of many, drawing them to Himself and calling them to go with Him on a journey of justice that will change their lives forever.

I can imagine what 1983 must have been like, down town kampala, broken down city, buildings in ruin, people living living in fear, HIV/ AIDS a huge problem and yet God chose this very city to show the rest of the world that through two obedient lives, He could demonstrate that LOVE conquers all, that God is concerned about all of us and that He is still alive and well, ready to confront the world’s issues and bring complete healing and restoration to a nation and today as we know, a continent.

Choir 48 has been in South Africa since February and our journey has been nothing short of a miracle. We arrived in South Africa with no knowledge of how God was going to use the choir to touch peoples lives and draw us back to the responsibility of what it really means to be the church and how we can be the solution as we come alongside our communities and meet needs through compassion, generosity and above all LOVE…

keep reading this post as we shall unveil to you testimonies, stories of hope and faith of what God has done over the last five months in this beautiful nation of South Africa..

Sweeping Durban Off Its Feet

With almost two weeks to go, the Watoto Children’s Choir is sweeping the province of Durban in South Africa off its feet with life impacting stories topped with lively performances of song and dance.

The team arrived on 3 May to tour Durban for 5 weeks in partnership with LIV Village, a child-care ministry modelled after Watoto.

They have performed at venues such as uShaka Marine World, Gateway Mall, Hilton College, Grace Church, Durban Christian Church and a number of other great venues.

“I’ve seen a glimpse of Jesus in these kids and the adults around them. I have experienced love from them that I don’t think they themselves know that they are capable of giving! They have affected me in the deepest places in my heart. Kids who may have had no parents, no hope and nothing to give, have given me everything. It’s really hard to explain what has changed in me, but one thing I can explain: my passion for Africa, and for kids has been renewed, revived, revitalised, resurrected,” said Jordan Collins from Grace Church.

On 7 May the choir performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra and Drakensberg Boys’ Choir at the Playhouse Theatre. It was a sold out concert and the night was closed with a powerful rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘We Are The World’. Everyone was up on their feet in resounding applause.

In the weeks that followed, the choir performed at the five star hotel, Oysterbox, for a number of special guests including Springbok Captain, John Smith, Ryan Kankowski and Keagen Daniels.

On Saturday 21st, performed just before the Sharks vs Bulls Rugby Match at Kingspark Stadium to an audience of 30,000 people. “Mambo Sawa” echoed through the stadium as the choir performed!

The choir still has 9 weeks left in South Africa with great bookings lined up, starting with Gauteng from the 6th June – 31st July. Visit our Website for bookings in Durban and Gauteng.