The age of the children in the choir ranges from 8-20 years of age. The gospel is never forced upon these children, but it is presented openly. Though not all the children in this organization become Christians, many lives have been drastically changed by the saving grace of Jesus Christ. I had the opportunity to get to know a few of them.
This is Shariff. Shariff is 13-years-old and comes from a Muslim background. He is an orphan, who's sickly grandmother took him in as a young boy, but she cannot provide much of what he needs. Shariff was taken in by Imani as a boy. This enables Shariff to attend school for most of the year, but he goes home and stays with his grandmother on school breaks. Shariff became a Christian about a year ago and he seems to have such joy and love of life!
I also met Abraham and Lydia.
Lydia turned 17 on Sunday. Apparently in Uganda, when it's your birthday, you get a bucket of water dumped on you. Not only was it Lydia's birthday, but it was also our pastor's son's birthday (I think he's 20?) so all the Ugandan kids chased Lydia and Matt around outside and dumped water on them. It was hilarious. They ended the chaos with "happy birthday" and lots of pictures of the sopping wet spectacles.
I didn't learn much about Abraham, but I am pretty sure he is the cutest thing ever!
They also had a little shop set up with handmade jewelry, carvings, home accessories, They were very reasonably priced and all the money went towards continuing their tour to get the word out about the ministry.
This ministry seems pretty solid and I love what they are doing. Their choir is incredibly talented and entertaining. There were so many awesome testimonies for Jesus and these kids seem to have such a beautiful hope for a life that once seemed impossible to them. If you are interested in checking out the ministry further, buying a CD, or even sponsoring a child, check out their website here and their Facebook page here.