Watoto Children’s Choir performs at Amherstburg Community Church

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

A local church was filled with something very unique Sunday night.

Watoto made a stop at Amherstburg Community Church to spread awareness and raise support of their efforts in Africa. The group is comprised of Ugandan children who were orphaned due to deceased parents or other circumstances, which left them alone and even on the streets to fend for themselves.

The Watoto Children’s Choir performed at Amherstburg Community Church last Sunday night. The group is comprised of Ugandan children who were orphaned.  The tour was invited to the church, who made the invitation as “a gift back to the community.” (RTT Photo by Jolene Perron)

The Watoto Children’s Choir performed at Amherstburg Community Church last Sunday night. The group is comprised of Ugandan children who were orphaned. The tour was invited to the church, who made the invitation as “a gift back to the community.” (RTT Photo by Jolene Perron)

“They (Watoto) bring them into a literal village and they take moms who are single moms who can’t support themselves, and make them a house mom and put six children with them, plus their own children,” said Pastor John Bustard. “They have several of these homes, they have an education system, they have a medical clinic, they have everything to raise children functionally within a home setting and they’re raising these kids to become leaders in their country. They are able to provide for all of their needs, kids who have nothing, and no future, now have food, health care, education, a future.”

Bustard explained Watoto does this tour program, where they have five teams at a time who are out for six months. The team who stopped in Amherstburg is going coast to coast in Canada, and are halfway through their journey now. They are out six nights a week during this journey with one day off spreading their message and raising support.

The Watoto Children’s Choir performed at Amherstburg Community Church last Sunday night. The group is comprised of Ugandan children who were orphaned.  The tour was invited to the church, who made the invitation as “a gift back to the community.” (RTT Photo by Jolene Perron)

The Watoto Children’s Choir performed at Amherstburg Community Church last Sunday night. The group is comprised of Ugandan children who were orphaned. The tour was invited to the church, who made the invitation as “a gift back to the community.” (RTT Photo by Jolene Perron)

“The goal of the presentation is to make awareness of what they’re doing in Africa. To raise support, people can sponsor children because there is a cost factor raising, feeding, housing, medical and everything that goes into that,” said Bustard. “People can sponsor a child, they can sponsor a family, there are a number of different opportunities they give. This is their awareness, sponsorship, all kinds of things they’re doing and it’s all done in a Christian context.”

The Watoto Children’s Choir performed at Amherstburg Community Church last Sunday night. The group is comprised of Ugandan children who were orphaned.  The tour was invited to the church, who made the invitation as “a gift back to the community.” (RTT Photo by Jolene Perron)

The Watoto Children’s Choir performed at Amherstburg Community Church last Sunday night. The group is comprised of Ugandan children who were orphaned. The tour was invited to the church, who made the invitation as “a gift back to the community.” (RTT Photo by Jolene Perron)

The group came to Amherstburg upon invitation by Amherstburg Community Church, which Bustard explained is a gift they give back to their community. They invite the community to come and watch the presentation, which he assures is nothing short of “exceptional” and explains through the presentation the community will in turn bless the organization through their giving. The event brought approximately 300 people to the church Sunday evening.
If you would like to help, you can visit watoto.com to learn more about sponsorship and donations, as well as how you can visit Africa through their Watoto 360 program and participate in community outreach, church ministry, internship and more.

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