Upper Saddle River, N.J.—May 13, 2015 -The Watoto Children’s Choir, a group of 18 orphans from Uganda, will present their new production Oh, What Love in Upper Saddle River May 23-24. The performances will be held at Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church at 318 West Saddle River Rd. on Saturday, May 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 24 at 10 a.m. Performances are free and open to the public.
Through this dynamic worship experience, the members of the choir share their journeys to redemption and demonstrate that God desires to be a loving father to all mankind.
Since 1994, Watoto Children’s Choirs have traveled all over the world sharing the plight of Africa’s orphaned children. Each child in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both of their parents but they have been rescued and now live in a Watoto Village. Watoto is a holistic child-care solution initiated to serve the dire needs of the people of Africa.
“After losing my parents I felt alone, with no one to love me. Now I know that God is my father. He loves and cares for me,” says six-year-old choir member Jackie Nakku. “As I travel with the choir, I am going to show people that God loves them too.”
Oh, What Love has brought out the unique God-given talents of young Africans to express the hope and massive hearts of worship. Almost twenty songwriters have contributed to crafting songs that share the stories of the orphan child and God’s love through worship. Based on the Bible verse 1 John 3:1- “See what kind of love the father has given us, that we should be called children of God, and so we are”- Oh, What Love provides a unique worship experience that celebrates the urban African landscape and brings out the individual talents and charisma of the children.
“God’s heart for the marginalized is not just to see individuals rescued, but rather to see them thrive as their lives are transformed,” said Watoto Founder, Gary Skinner. “The stories of the children are real and represent thousands who are experiencing this transformation.”
“What an extraordinary experience it is to host the Watoto Children’s Choir,” said Brian Houston, Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church. “It lights up the place to see these beautiful kids and when you hear their story, you think of all God has done – where they have come from, to the transformation that has happened in their lives. I would strongly recommend that you welcome the choir. They’re only going to bless you and the people will love it.”
Watch the trailer for Oh, What Love here: http://vimeo.com/106574540.
In 1994, Watoto Church founded Watoto Child Care Ministry, Inc., an international holistic care program that was initiated as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned and vulnerable children and women in Uganda. The model involves physical care, medical intervention including HIV/AIDS treatment, education - formal and vocational, counseling and emotional well-being as well as moral and spiritual discipleship. It is positioned to rescue an individual, raise each one as a leader in their chosen sphere of life so that they in turn, will rebuild their nation.