Choir 68 On Stage with Chris Tomlin

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We were honoured to be invited by Grammy-award winning Gospel artist, Chris Tomlin, to join him onstage at his Love Ran Red tour/concert this March  ‘Lord, I Need You,’ which is one of the Tomlin songs that we sing, is a key part of the message of hope that we carry on tour. The celebration of the Gospel of Christ touched thousands of lives that night, and we were thrilled to be a part of that.

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Of course, we love Chris Tomlin’s music, so it goes without saying that the children were overwhelmed with excitement when they were invited back on stage while Chris sang ‘God’s Great Dance Floor’ – a favourite at Watoto Church. The kids were asked to teach the crowd some of their dance moves, and they loved every minute of it.

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Thank you Chris Tomlin for your friendship and love. God bless you.

Edube Zelukamu Luka

Edube dreams of becoming a teacher and a professional football player.

“I admire teachers and also love teaching. I know that when I become a footballer, I will be able to get a lot of money that I will use to help children who are homeless,” he says.

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Edube is able to dream because of the support he receives from sponsors around the world, who contribute to his physical care, medical needs, education and general well-being. But his life didn’t always have hope.

Edube’s parents died of AIDS in 2010, leaving him and his siblings in the care of their uncle, who was unable to take care of two families. After Watoto was contacted, Edube (4 years old at the time) and his siblings became part of the Watoto family.

He is now a happy child in Watoto’s Primary School and is on the Watoto Children’s Choir, travelling to UK in January 2015. He will be presenting Watoto’s new album, Oh, What Love.

“On the choir I will be playing drums and singing too. During tour, we will be singing about the love of God and how we have become his children,” says Edube.

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In The Heart Of Our Father

Watoto is a tangible expression of God’s love for the Fatherless. It is home to thousands of Uganda’s orphaned children who have discovered that they are sons and daughters of God.

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All the children who have travelled with the Watoto Children’s Choirs share a story of separation.

“I never saw my parents. Before I came to Watoto, I used to stay with my grand mother and my three sisters,” says 12- year-old Robert Musoke. He’s currently on Choir 71 and will be travelling to Canada in January.

When these children experienced the loss of those whom they loved, they found themselves lost in a world that didn’t know how to embrace them and fill that gap in their lives. They found themselves tangled in fear, worry and need.

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Sometimes in our own journeys we’ve also felt lost, lonely and abandoned. Many of us have also felt the need for a Father’s love. Oh, What Love draws the parallels between the orphan story and our own spiritual journey.

Our stories, like the Watoto Children, take a new twist when Christ intervenes in our lives and reconnects us to the love of the Father. At Watoto the children are given a new life and the opportunity to claim a greater destiny. This is also our inheritance through Jesus: a new life and a greater destiny. We are no longer orphans.

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In Oh, What Love the children declare, ‘We are heirs, children of God…,’ as they proudly glorify the love of the Father for each one of us.

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