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Watoto Children’s Choir returns to BE on May 24

By Staff | May 20, 2018

It will be two more years before the chance to hear the Watoto Children’s Choir comes to Blue Earth again.

The heavenly intonations of the African worship troup, the Watoto Children’s Choir, will be returning to Blue Earth next week, sponsored by Hope United Methodist Church.

The congregation has hosted the students of the choir twice previously once in 2014, and again in 2016.

This year, the upbeat, inspiring music is set to play at the Blue Earth Area High School Performing Arts Center on Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m.

What is astounding, besides the incredible, uplifting voices of the children of the Watoto ministerial choir, is the work behind the choir.

According to the Watoto Ministries website, Watoto’s story begins in 1984 in Uganda, when Gary and Marilyn Skinner came from the US and founded their community-focused church in the city of Kampala.

A country known for its poverty and violence, the Skinner family worked diligently to do what they could to house widows, mothers, children, and families who were suffering at the hands of ruthless wars waged against its own people.

Over the next 10 years, the fellowship would grow to help families and students battling AIDS, being misplaced from homes, and helping with medical needs.

Now, the Watoto community has reached a global scale, and bring the music of their first church in Kampala, Uganda, to all communities who are willing to listen to their messages of hope, community, and togetherness.

The choir, itself, started in 1994 and will arrive in Blue Earth for their third time to bring inspirational and upbeat music for no charge. However, any offerings given to the event will go directly in support of the orphanage ministry in Uganda.

Locally, the popularity of the Watoto Children’s Choir has grown. Their last visit, more than 300 local residents came to admire the colorful clothing, the deeply important attitudes, and beautiful voices of the choir.

“It’s an opportunity to reach beyond our community and enjoy fellowship on a global scale,” says Pastor Russ Jacobsen, of Hope United Methodist Church.