ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The world-renowned Watoto Children`s Choir from Africa is performing in the St. Louis area this week. Choir members are orphans. Their parents have been lost to AIDS, poverty or violence. The choir is part of a Christian ministry and is performing at several area churches.
Tuesday`s performance was at the St. Louis Dream Center in north St. Louis. The choir uses traditional African song and dance to bring awareness to the plight of African children. The performances are also an opportunity for the choir to profess their faith.
"While we share the love of Jesus with people, we encourage them even if you are in a desolate situation, God can still turn it around for good," said Phillip Mugerwa, team leader.
"All of the need and desperation that`s around them all the time, yet they`re so happy and they`re just so full of life," said the Dream Center`s pastor, Jeff Allensworth. "It`s really just a wakeup call I think to all of us here in the West that we`re just so fortunate."
The choir will perform Wednesday at 7:00pm at the Faith Family Church, 704 North Green Mount Rd, Shiloh, IL 62221.
Thursday the choir will perform Thursday at 6:30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes, 1014 Madison Ave, Washington, MO 63090.
Friday the choir will perform at 7pm at the Second Baptist Church, 21208 Hwy WW, Bowling Green, MO 63334.
For more information: www.watoto.com/the-choir/see-the-choir