The latest singing, dancing and drumming group is called the Uganda Kids Choir. It’s part of a missionary program through Bellingham, Washington-based Childcare International.
“We are a traveling choir, ten children total, who have been selected to participate to travel for 11 months with this choir,” according to Michelle Holstein, spokeswoman for the national tour.
Each of the children is “sponsored” through Childcare Worldwide. “That means someone in the United States is committed to sending monthly funds so they have the oppportunity for an education in their home country,” Holstein says.
“The kids are here to worship at many churches but also to raise awareness of children living in poverty in the developing world and to be raising up more sponsors of children.”
The choir has been on tour since May and will be traveling across the U.S. through April. Holstein said the choir members are learning a lot about America while on the whirlwind journey.
“Maybe one of the biggest things they have to adjust to is all the different foods we have available,” Holstein says. “It’s quite different from the foods they’re accustomed to eating. They get to meet a lot of people, too, as most of our stays take place with host families.”
The choir performs 30- and 60-minute concerts, offering a mix of traditional African songs with drums and dancing as well as more contemporary worship songs.
Their list of Nebraska stops includes: Lincoln and Nebraska City on Sunday and Syracuse next Wednesday.