Watoto Children’s Choir of Africa brings ‘Oh What Love’ to Louisiana

The Watoto Children’s Choir traveling from Africa kicks off its five-city Louisiana tour, starting Feb. 10 in Avondale and featuring the brand new production “Oh What Love.” Through this dynamic worship experience, the members of the Watoto Children’s Choir, who were once orphans, share their journeys to redemption and demonstrate that God desires to be a loving father to all mankind.

Choir Schedule for the Louisiana area:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 10,  7 pm. at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church 3512 US Hwy 90 W, Avondale
  • Wednesday, Feb. 11, 7 pm, Christ’s Community Church 26468 Juban Rd., Denham Springs
  • Thursday, Feb. 12, 7 pm, Church Point Ministries 12061 N. Harrells Ferry Rd., Baton Rouge
  • Friday, Feb. 13, 7 pm, Grace Episcopal Church 11621 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville
  • Sunday, Feb. 15, 8:30 am, 10am, and 11:30 am, Our Savior’s Church Opelousas campus 1638 Creswell Lane Extension, Opelousas

All performances are free and open to the public.

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 Africa and her people.

“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. As I travel on the choir, I am going to show people that God loves them too,” said six-year-old Jackie Nakku.

The production is indicative of emerging, modern Africa – a continent coming out of ruin and exploring its true identity. Africa is coming of age and so are her people. Her children and young adults are the key to the future.

“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 local songwriters have contributed to crafting songs that share the stories of the orphan child and God’s love through worship.

“God’s heart for the marginalized is not just to see individuals rescued, but rather to see them thrive as their lives are transformed. The stories of the children are real and represent thousands who are experiencing this transformation,” said Gary Skinner, Watoto founder.

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.

“Through their unique personalities, the children now communicate and share the sense of belonging they found in God their father,” said James Skinner, creative director of the Watoto Children’s Choir.

“What an extraordinary experience it is to host the Watoto Children’s Choir. I mean 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,” said Brian Houston, senior pastor, Hillsong Church.

Watch the teaser for “Oh What Love” here: http://vimeo.com/106574540.

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