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World famous children’s choir comes to LaPlace for free Feb. 23 concert

LAPLACE — A group of singing and dancing children from Uganda changed the life of Pastor John A. Foster of LaPlace years ago, and he’s confident anyone who witnesses their joyous performance will be equally moved.

The Watoto Children’s Choir returns to St. John the Baptist Parish at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 for a free concert at First Assembly of God Church, located at 3001 U.S. 51 in LaPlace. Foster encourages guests to find their seats early because he is expecting a packed house.

Known worldwide for traveling performances, the Watoto Children’s choir is made up of orphans and other vulnerable members of Ugandan society who have been given a second shot at life.

The children sing to share testimonies of God’s work in their lives.

“This is a Christian Ministry in that part of Africa that rescues orphaned children or those in very difficult circumstances,” Foster said.

“Most of them, if not all of them, have lost moms, dads or family members due to terrorist activity or things of that nature. They take them in, feed them, clothe them, shelter them, educate them and their lives are changed.”

Watoto villages are designed to provide stable home environments for children, whether they were abandoned at birth or rescued child soldiers. The ministry also focuses on women’s services and the importance of keeping girls in school.

No one would suspect the hardships the children have endured at first glance, according to Foster, who described the group as “disciplined, respectful and courteous.”

“They do an incredible job,” Foster said. “They will melt your hearts. Most people say they wish they could adopt all of them. I guarantee to anyone that comes that their lives will not be the same. They’ll be touched and changed.”

Guests have an option to sponsor a child financially and receive updates on his or her life, though sponsorship is not required to attend the concert. After performing in LaPlace, the Watoto Children’s Choir will travel to Sarasota, Fla., the same night.

For more information, call First Assembly of God Church at 985-652-2635 or visit watoto.com.