Category Archives : The Kids!

Meet the Courageous Choir! March 13, 2019

Our newest Ugandan Kids Choir is finally here! To introduce them to you, here’s our Tour Leader, Amanda Halle, sharing about their experiences so far:

 

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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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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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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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With love, from the choir February 9, 2016

With our three choirs currently touring the U.S., we thought it would be fun for you to get to know a few of the kids a little bit better. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, what better topic is there to talk about than love?

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Read on to hear the Choir Kids talk about the things they love, and most importantly, how they feel about the love of God.

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The choir invites us to the table August 14, 2015

The topic of food is something that unites all of us. It can be communal or lonely, and invoke happy or sad memories.

A good, old fashioned, American hot dog! Joan loves them with lots of ketchup!

A good, old fashioned, American hot dog! Joan loves them with lots of ketchup!

For the many children we serve all over the world, food is generally very simple and serves a basic need – to quell hunger. However, everyone, no matter their background, has a unique relationship to food. Recently, we sat down with our Ugandan choir kids to ask them a few food-related questions. Their answers were fun, insightful and intriguing!

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Leaving behind a message of joy and hope June 25, 2015

After 11 months touring the United States, the Ugandan Kids Choir is getting ready to head home.

Time to say goodbye!

Time to say goodbye!

Before they leave our sunny shores, we asked them to give us a few highlights and memories of their time on tour.

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Sweet pastries for sweet singers June 1, 2015

Recently, our choir had the opportunity to learn what the American expression “Sweet tooth” is all about!

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The wonderful folks at Dear Diva Desserts in Columbia, Illinois, invited the children to stop by their bakery and choose a scrumptious dessert piled high with fluffy, colorful frostings!

The children had a tough time deciding because everything looked so delicious. And calories – what calories?! These kids work out so hard in their dance routines that dessert doesn’t even have time to settle on their waistlines!

After licking every last bit of sweet goodness from their fingers, the kids thanked their gracious host and filed happily out the door and back to their bus. For kids from Africa, sweets are a big treat, and they were all thoroughly delighted by this sweet spot on their stop!

Thanks again to bakery owner Val for providing a prime example of love to these kids.

To find out where they’re off to next, check out the choir tour schedule here!

Live: from Big T Productions! March 16, 2015

Last December, our Ugandan Kids Choir were invited to come to come to Big T Productions for a recording session.

Warming up in rehearsal before the recording begins. Sound absorption panels help balance out the hard brick wall for the room acoustics.

Warming up in rehearsal before the recording begins. Sound absorption panels help balance out the hard brick wall for the room acoustics.

Once the kids found out they would be going to a recording studio, they were very excited! The night before, they tossed and turned in the beds of their host family homes, wondering what it would be like.

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Choir kids become TV stars! September 18, 2014

Tuesday, September 15th, the Ugandan Kids Choir entered the Fox channel 8 news studio in Cleveland, Ohio, and gave one of their best performances! Undaunted by the overhead lights and TV cameras that moved swiftly across the shiny floor, the kids sang and danced with the joy and exuberance that has made them so well-known and loved by everyone they meet.

 


 

It was the first time this group of 10 youngsters had ever been in front of the camera. Check out their American TV debut here.

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