Children's choir highlights plight of Africa's orphans

The Rev Phill Brown, the pastor of Cowplain Evangelical Church, urges you to catch a remarkable children's choir from Uganda at his church later this month

Thursday, 19th May 2016, 6:00 am
The Watoto Choir

The Watoto Children’s Choir will perform Oh, What Love – a mix of urban African song, rhythm and dance at Cowplain Evangelical Church from May 25-28.

Each choir member has experienced the death of one or both parents leaving them feeling lost and vulnerable. But they are now part of a new Watoto family, living in Watoto village homes and given all they need to grow up healthy and with the love and support to be all that they can be.

Their story of love and hope overcoming despair and fear is touring the UK and you can see it when it comes to Cowplain.

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The performance is based on some words from the Bible which say: ‘See what kind of love the father has given us, that we should be called children of God, and so we are.’ You can read those words for yourself in 1 John 3.1.

One of the children, six-year-old Jackie Nakku, said: ‘After losing my parents I felt lonely, with no one to love me. Now I know that God is my father. He loves and cares for me. In the choir, I am going to show people that God loves them too.’

The children’s choirs have been travelling all over the world since 1994, sharing the plight of Africa’s orphaned and vulnerable and appealing for support to rebuild their nation.

I’m really looking forward to meeting these inspirational children and learning more about how with God they have helped transform their sorrow into dancing.

Christians believe God loves all regardless of gender, race, sexuality or disability and that he has a special heart for the poor and marginalised and a deep desire to see them not just rescued from their plight but transformed into the whole person only they can be.

The stories of these children are real and represent thousands of others around the world.

Performances are at 7pm on May 25, 26 and 27 and 3pm on Saturday, May 28.

Tickets are free and can be booked via