Hope for Africa Children's Choir Comes to Kentucky

May 05, 2008

The Hope for Africa Children's Choir arrived in Texas in mid-April and now is traveling in Kentucky on their four-month tour of the United States. The choir will perform at various sites throughout the Kentucky Conference. They will be part of the Missions and Ministry Celebration on June 3 at Annual Conference.

The 23 children who comprise the choir are ages 4 to 12 and come from poor villages and internally displaced persons camps in Uganda, which is part of the East Africa Annual Conference. Years of war and diseases including HIV/AIDS and malaria have ravaged the country, leaving many children orphaned. The ministries of the choir and the Humble School seek to help the orphans and other vulnerable children with education, nutritious food, and a safe place to live. A Volunteers in Mission team from Kentucky that traveled to Uganda in late 2007 attended the official launch of the choir.

The young choir members, under the direction of Lydia Namagembe and Tonny Mbowa, brought General Conference delegates to their feet during an April 28 session. The hard work the children had done learning English, music, and dances was reflected in their jubilant performance.

You are invited to experience the joyful performances of the Hope for Africa Children's Choir at any of the following locations.
May 8 - Henderson 1st UMC, 7:00 p.m. CDT with reception afterwards
May 11 - Madisonville 1st UMC, 6:30 p.m. CT
May 14 - Asbury UMC (Columbia District), 7:30 p.m. EDT
May 16 - Hindman UMC, 7 p.m. EDT
May 18 – Worship, Grasslands UMC Cannonsburg, 10:45 a.m.
     District meeting, Morehead UMC, 3:00 p.m. EDT
     Stephens Cultural Arts Center, Raceland, 7:00 p.m. EDT
May 20 - Maysville Trinity UMC, 7:00 p.m. EDT
May 25 - Ft Thomas Highland UMC on the Plaza, 1:00 p.m. EDT
May 28 - Lexington Centenary UMC (The Foundry), 6:30 p.m. EDT
June 1 - Franklin 1st UMC, 10:00 a.m.
June 2 – St. Matthews UMC, Louisville 7:00 p.m. EDT
June 3 - Kentucky Annual Conference, Galt House, Louisville 7:30 p.m. EDT

For a preview of the choir's music, click here or here to see videos from General Conference.

View a video telling the story of the choir by clicking here.

The Hope for Africa Children's Choir performs during an April 29 morning worship service during the 2008 United Methodist General Conference. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey.