Category Archives : Choir

Princess for a day April 18, 2017

March 4th was a Saturday like any other on tour. Deborah woke up at her host home, and started thinking about the day ahead. It would be full of rehearsals, sound checks, and performances.  The choir was performing at the children’s museum in Las Vegas. Deborah got to ride the elevator there, and figured that would be the most exciting part of her day.

Happy Birthday Deborah!

What Deborah didn’t know is that Auntie Alexis (the tour leader) had pulled her host family aside the night before and whispered some very interesting information in their ears: March 4th was Deborah’s birthday! (more…)

Trying New Food March 1, 2017

When we asked Elizabeth what her favorite American foods were, she started talking and wouldn’t stop:

“Pizza! And pancakes. Whipped cream! Sausage. Apples. Oranges! Strawberries….”

The Choir kids have all sorts of new experiences in America. But one that stands out to them the most is food! Let’s take a look at some of the food they like, don’t like, and what they miss from back home.

Two girls smile, showing off the pizzas they made.

Build your own pizza at a host home in Utah!

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The choir kids tell us what they are thankful for November 9, 2016

With Thanksgiving Day almost upon us, we thought it would fun to ask a few of our Ugandan choir kids what they are thankful for.

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The children have a wonderful capacity to appreciate, in a fresh way, the basic blessings of life as well as thankfulness for new experiences. We think their answers will surprise you and also touch your heart.

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Watch out! The choir kids have joined the bike lane! September 8, 2016

Riding a bike is one of the first tastes of freedom a kid can have. There’s something about the adult running alongside the child as they learn to get their balance and work the pedals… and then the inevitable letting go as they send them off down the street, and ultimately, out into the world. The child hears them yell, “Look straight ahead! Pedal faster! You can do it!” And then, after not much time, they are no longer wobbling down the street, and the voice of their parent becomes fainter and fainter. Some parents get a little weepy during these moments of launching their children. But for the kids, feeling the wind in their faces and the world flying by, it’s a discovery of fun and freedom that makes them smile with joy and new-found self-confidence.

To you and me, this may look like just a few bikes parked alongside a house. But to the choir kids, these bikes are a little bit of heaven on earth!

To you and me, this may look like just a few bikes parked alongside a house. But to the choir kids, these bikes are a little bit of heaven on earth!

For our choir kids, the experience of learning to ride a bike and the adventure that it brings is no less thrilling. Recently, we sat down with the kids and asked them to share their experience of learning to ride a bike and what their dream bike would look like. Their answers made us smile – we think you’ll enjoy them too!

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Saving up for something special August 17, 2016

A few weeks ago, our Ugandan Kids Choir began wrapping up their time in Oregon. Their final host home was wonderful and a special treat to three of the boys who had developed a special bond with the host family’s eldest son, Nathan.

Nathan gives a farewell hug to his new friends Alex, Titus and Kenneth.

Nathan gives a farewell hug to his new friends Alex, Titus and Kenneth.

Our tour leader, Sam Villalta, was busy getting the kids and their belongings into the van so they could head out to their next stop. As they finished stowing the things away and prepared to close the van door, Nathan ran up to Sam with something clenched under his arm.

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Blast from the past: Henry July 6, 2016

Almost 10 years ago, a little boy named Henry Kikomeko boarded a plane in Uganda bound for the U.S. He, along with nine other children, came to America to become part of the first ever Ugandan Kids Choir tour!

Henry then and now.

                                            Henry then and now.

The year was 2006, and Henry was 10 years old. Read on as he reflects about his choir tour experiences and gives us an update on where he is now.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Choir June 14, 2016

Secrets? The choir has secrets? Well, maybe not secrets, but there are indeed some fun facts about the choir that not everyone knows about. Let’s take a look!

 

  1. Before every choir performance, the choir meets to pray over each “passport” on the sponsorship table. Each little performer picks one child to pray for by name. They ask that the Lord will move in the hearts of those who will be attending the performance and that His will is done in which children are sponsored that evening. You should see their faces light up when “their” child gets sponsored!
The Choir kids, together with children from the USA, laying hands on pictures of not-yet-sponsored children.

The Choir kids, together with children from the USA, laying hands on pictures of not-yet-sponsored children.

  1. The choir typically has three performances or more each week. These kids have an amazing amount of energy and stamina!

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The Happiest Show on Earth May 17, 2016

Move over Lion King! There’s a new show in town!

The Choir at Disneyland

The Ugandan Kids Choir got to perform on the Disney Performing Arts stage at the Happiest Place on Earth! Disney is already an amazing experience, but seeing the stage filled with the kids’ joy made it even a little brighter! (more…)

Sending hope back to Uganda April 26, 2016

One of the youngest members of the 2016 Ugandan Kids Choir, is dimpled, 6-year-old Titus Makumbi.

Titus recognizes one of the children on the sponsorship table.

Titus recognizes one of the children on the sponsorship table.

At a recent choir performance, Titus and his fellow choir members sang and danced their hearts out like they usually do. But this performance was different from the others. After the performance, he stood near the sponsorship table greeting several of the attendees. Glancing at all the passports, his heart suddenly beat faster as his eyes stopped on someone he knew.

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Road Trip! February 16, 2016

As our choirs crisscross around the United States, we thought you would enjoy seeing where their travels have taken them, and where they are going in the future.

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So buckle up, and come along with us as we “unfold” a map and see the tour routes of our two choirs!

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