Posted by: Choir | April 15, 2014

Faith of the Choir

There are many ways to worship the Lord. And our choir excels in several of them!

 

What does the Bible tell us about worshipping the Lord?

Psalm 95:1 - Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Psalm 150:3-5 - Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!

Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

Psalm 100:1-2 – Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!

Psalm 33:3 - Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

Psalm 119:11 – I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

SingingClapping and singing, our choir loves showing their love for the Lord!

dancingThe children jump and dance as best and high as they can – they know they are doing this “unto the Lord.”

Every day, the choir pauses to take time out for devotions. During this time, they are taught a small message from the Bible, recite memory verses and close in prayer for each other, and their ministry.

Choir Bible Study_FotorTaking time out of a busy day for devotions.

 

One of the children who particularly excels in memorizing verses is Deborah! She has been dubbed the “Bible scholar” on this tour. Like a sponge, she quickly absorbs Bible verses, and days later, when a situation arises where someone says “What does the Bible say about that?” Deborah is usually quick to respond with an appropriate Scripture verse. As she often tells all of us, “God loves us all and we all love God very, very much!” She is an example to us all.

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So far, the choir’s favorite verse has been from 1st Thessalonians, chapter 5 verses 16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” What a wonderful verse for this group to have as their “tour verse” as they travel around the United States.

The choir is looking forward to Easter here in America next week, and celebrating the death and resurrection of their Savior. The children know that it is through Jesus that we as sinners may have eternal life. They think about their friends back home in Uganda and rejoice knowing that no matter where in the world you happen to be, Christians come together in spirit and celebrate this most wonderful of Christian holidays that bonds and unites us all through Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Posted by: Choir | April 4, 2014

Wild West Choir Kids!

This past February, the Ugandan Orphans Choir boarded a plane and headed west. But these “dudes” had no idea how far west they were going!

Desert Foothills Lutheran Church located in Scottsdale, Arizona, corralled our kids together and gave them a real Wild West experience!

 

DSC_0062Our Ugandan “City Slickers” receive their Cowboy duds.

DSC_0087Cowboy John tells the kids all about life on the trail.

The kids enjoyed a delicious cowboy stew while they heard more tales about life on the trail in the old days of the American West: herding the “doggies” across the plains, evenings by the campfire singing songs, and roping a calf as quick as a wink! With eagerness in their eyes, the kids listened intently to all they were learning. “Yes siree,” Bill said, “the cowboy became the symbol for the West of the late 19th century.” After their hearty meal from the chuck wagon, the kids were ready to head out and meet their horse “Slick!”

DSC_0143Cowboy Bill and Cowboy John bring out their horse “Slick.”

DSC_0116Giddy up Veronica!

DSC_0115Patrick is ready to be a wrangler!

DSC_0112Shannet, looking like a beautiful, sassy cowgirl!

DSC_0111Whoopie Ti Yi Yo! Joseph is ready for a “Gunfight at the OK Corral!”

DSC_0108Julius is thinkin’ maybe this isn’t too safe & he should man the chuck wagon!

DSC_0106Whoa there! Rose is lookin’ a might too eager to saddle up!

DSC_0104“I’ve never touched a horse before!” Deo says.

DSC_0101Reuben looks ready for some rootin’ tootin’ fun!

DSC_0098“They will never believe this back in Uganda!” Deborah says.

DSC_0119Jane pets the horse reassuringly and says, “Don’t worry Slick,
at least my bright orange shoes will keep away the rattlesnakes!”

 

The kids learned all about horse gear – like the difference between a halter and a bridle. Cowboy John went into further detail about the saddle, explaining about western saddles, “Western saddles were designed for comfort. Cowboys would spend many hours, and sometimes, all day on horseback and they needed something that was comfortable!” Grabbing the high pommel on the saddle, he continued, “Another difference between a western saddle and an English saddle is the saddle “horn” which is where the cowboys would secure their rope.”

After a day of fun and learning, the kids climbed back into the bus and drove away as Cowboy John and Cowboy Bill waved and called out “Y’all come back now, ya here!”

Check out the latest updates to our tour schedule to find out when these “dudes” will be coming to your area!

Posted by: Choir | March 12, 2014

Ugandan Choir Kids Turn Into Beach Bums!

Kids playing jump rope with seaweed…soft sand sifting through playful fingers…and young voices laughing and giggling at the silly romps of their friends. All these sounds mix together with those of waves crashing to shore and seagulls winging overhead.

It’s a day at the beach for our choir kids! Their first chance to experience the Pacific Ocean.

The host families of Clairmont Lutheran Church in San Diego, California, graciously made plans for the entire group to spend a lovely day at the beach. The kids learned how to use boogie boards and build sand castles.

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IMG_0505[1]Jane and Deo ride the “Wild Surf!”

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IMG_0496[1]Joseph and Deo try their hand at sandcastles. Future architects in the making?

Generally, the girls were much braver than the boys at jumping into the cold water, but eventually, everyone gave it a try. A few even tried their own unique version of “surfing”, which involved standing on the board while it lay on the sand and letting the end of the waves flow over their feet onto the board. Sounds pretty relaxing! Most though, ventured out with their boards and let the waves carry them in.

IMG_0491[1]Jane and Deborah enjoy floating around in the water and chatting about girly things.

The kids also enjoyed a break from the water with a picnic on the grass. A delicious lunch was followed by blowing bubbles, Frisbee throwing and a beach ball toss.

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A day of fun in the sun always takes a bit of planning. Shovels, pails and beach toys all ensure a lively outing! And with all those things in tow, this group had a great time!

IMG_0507[1]Rose clutches her rosy pink dolphin; the two “Roses” are ready to hit the waves!

After an exciting day of basking in the sun and enjoying the relaxing sea breezes, the kids packed up their beach toys and picnic items and headed back to the bus. Worn-out from their play, they fell into their seats while still brushing beach sand from their sticky toes. As the bus drove, 10 pairs of eyes gazed out the windows, each of the kids reliving all the wonderful new things they had learned and all the sights and sounds they had experienced on this day at the beach.

Check out the latest tour schedule to find out when they’ll be coming to your area.

Posted by: Choir | February 19, 2014

The 2014 Choir has arrived!

Choir arrives at airport

After an unexpected delay, the 2014 Ugandan Orphans Choir has finally arrived! With their first performance this Friday, the kids and leaders have a lot to do, including experiencing America for the first time! Hot dogs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and cold cereal are some of the American meals the kids have tried so far. Along with eating unfamiliar foods, the children experienced shopping for new clothes. When asked, “Who likes their new shoes the best?” they all yelled, “ME!”

Choir kids with shoes

Jane couldn’t stop smiling as she went shopping for clothes, “just for her” for the very first time.

Jane with coat

The choir is staying at Camp Ronald McDonald, in Mountain Center, CA. The weather has been colder than what they are used to, mid 40s to low 60s, which explains all the bundling up. But that doesn’t stop them from playing!

choir boys with soccer ball

Richard, the tour leader, explains that the children are “Polite and very wide-eyed with wonder,” amidst all of these new experiences.

Choir kids on bench

Soon, the choir will be traveling to Poway, CA for their first performance on Friday, February 21st at the Community Church of Poway. Their first weekend will be filled with multiple performances; one Friday evening, one on Saturday, and, finally, three on Sunday!

 

Check out the Choir tour dates to see if they are performing near you!

 

 

 

Posted by: Choir | February 10, 2014

DELAYED AT DEPARTURE GATE!

Due to visa difficulties, the arrival of the 2014 Ugandan Orphans Choir has been delayed.  All preparations had been made and finalized, but now a bit of red tape is holding them up from coming to America.

Can you imagine having all your bags packed, saying good-bye to friends and loved ones as you embark on the adventure of your life…only to be told you have to wait?Choir kids

The kids have worked so hard learning all their music and dances, that naturally, they are feeling a bit discouraged about this last minute setback to their planned departure date.

In the meantime, We’d like to introduce you to two other people who have their bags packed, ready to hit the road–our new choir tour leaders! We recently sat down with each of them and did a little Q&A:

Meet the New Choir Tour Leaders

Richard
Name: Richard Carey
Title: Tour Leader
From: Natchitoches, LA

Alicia
Name: Alicia Womack
Title: Assistant Tour Leader
From: Hagerstown, MD

Q: What made you want to take on this job?

A: Richard: I will be responsible for the final decisions on everything that comes up on the road. I will make the appeal for child sponsorship and love offerings at the churches where we will be performing.

A: Alicia: My job will primarily be keeping the sponsorship of the kids on track. Additionally, I will be in charge of handling the paperwork and financial information that will be part of getting the kids sponsored. Richard and I will both be involved in staying with the choir kids in their host homes as well as sharing the driving responsibilities of the bus.

Q: What will your job be on the tour?

A: Richard:  I will be responsible for the final decisions on everything that comes up on the road. I will make the appeal for child sponsorship and love offerings at the churches where we will be performing.

A: Alicia: My job will primarily be keeping the sponsorship of the kids on track. Additionally, I will be in charge of handling the paperwork and financial information that will be part of getting the kids sponsored. Richard and I will both be involved in staying with the choir kids in their host homes as well as sharing the driving responsibilities of the bus.

Q: What are you most excited about?

A: Richard: I am excited to have the opportunity to spread the gospel around the United States and take care of these children who have been entrusted to me!

A: Alicia: I am thrilled to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of kids all over the world, and hope that many children will be sponsored through this program!

Q: How did you feel when you found out the tour was delayed?

A: Richard: I felt disappointed. But I knew it was somehow God’s plan and I trusted that He was in control.

A: Alicia: I wondered what the greater purpose might be; what God’s reason was for the delay, but knew ultimately, this was all in His hands! I debated how to use this downtime wisely, knowing that it is often difficult to “wait wisely”!

Please pray that the Lord will open the doors quickly for the choir so they can begin their ministry as ambassadors for all the children who are still waiting to be sponsored. Specifically, we are praying that our appointment at the U.S. Embassy tomorrow goes well, and that our Uganda director walks out with visas in hand!

Thank you so much for remembering these kids and their wonderful ministry!

Posted by: Choir | June 30, 2013

What am I doing on tour?

If one were to ask Childcare Worldwide what it is I do:

Likely they would explain that I am the assistant tour leader. I take care of the administrative and sponsorship related aspects of tour along with being a full-time chaperone.

If one were to ask the choir what it is that I do, one response would certainly be:

Aunt Jessica is DJ.

Charles beautiful illustration of me as "dj" during a typical dj soundcheck before a performance. Charles truly captured the moment that I ask Phionah, the choir director, what song we will use.

Charles’ beautiful illustration of me as “DJ” during a typical soundcheck before a performance. Charles truly captured the moment that I ask Phionah, the choir director, what song we will use.

I do play the tracks and assist in technical aspects of the performances. So by the standards of the Ugandan Orphans Choir, I am a DJ.

Another answer the choir would probably give to what it is that I do is:

Aunt Jessica is driving.

Pencil drawing done by resident artist and 11 year old choir member, Jafari.

Pencil drawing done by resident artist and 11 year old choir member, Jafari.

Yes, the choir is correct; I do drive the van despite much of the disbelief by some friends and family back home.

Yet the most rewarding, challenging, and biggest component to what I am doing on tour is simply being Aunt Jessica.

A completely accurate portrait of myself created by Jospeh.

A completely accurate portrait of myself created by Jospeh.

Being Aunt Jessica to the Ugandan Orphans choir entails so much more than I could have ever began to imagine. Below is a random and incomplete  list of daily responsibilities:

  • waking up earlier than I’d prefer to wake up the most precious children I have ever known
  • count heads to make sure all 10 children are present
  • assist in the development of the children’s understanding of Christ
  • be a willing head full of hair for any given moment 10 small hands to braid
  • break up quarrels
  • encourage play
  • encourage self control
  • give hugs
  • hold hands
  • insist vegetables be eaten
  • do laundry
  • become a human coat rack for 10 small jackets
  • laugh
  • remind the children of the rules
  • answer the same question 50 times
  • tuck in God’s children at bedtime
  • love with a depth that I didn’t realize was possible

My days are so full of meaning, even the really difficult ones. I praise God everyday for allowing me to be in this unique position. It is an honor to be Aunt Jessica to the Ugandan Orphans Choir and to be a part of this ministry. It is an immense privilege to be a part of this tour raising awareness for our sponsorship program for children in need of an education all over the world.

So,  what am I doing on tour?

I am attempting to be obedient to God’s will for me.

Is God calling you to be part of this ministry too? Truly consider sponsoring a child today and transforming the life of one of God’s children in great need. Information is available at:

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Posted by: Choir | May 20, 2013

Blessed….

I. AM. BLESSED.  Over the past few months, I’ve found myself saying that phrase over and over again.  It has been a natural response in conversations with Pastors, host families, and audience members…but more and more, I find myself simply saying it to myself.  You see, God has placed me in a position of service to Him where I am daily surrounded by the smiles and laughter of ten amazing children, and where I am able to be a constant advocate for children all over the world.  There are moments where I’m overwhelmed with the beauty of what  God is doing in my life and through the lives of all of us with the Ugandan Orphans Choir.  In those moments, it’s that quiet whisper in my heart, “I am blessed”, that reminds me of what all of us who are blessed are called to do…we are to bless others.  And, that’s just what these 10 children are doing everyday.

So, how are you so blessed you might ask?  I’m assuming that question doesn’t include the hugs I get everyday from Joseph, Jackie, Allan, Joan, Charles, Diana, Julius, Getrude, Jafari, & Cissy.  Well, how about we start with the beauty of the sites and places we get to see as we make our way across America.  From spending the day at the Space Needle in Seattle (thanks to the amazing staff and students of the University Cooperative School), to joyfully freezing in the snow of the Cascade Mountains,  to the breathtaking landscape of Montana, and to soaking in the enormity of the faces on Mt. Rushmore (not to mention the squirrels there…just ask Joseph)…we have been so fortunate and blessed to take in the beauty and majesty of God’s creation…natural and man-made.

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Space Needle!

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Ohh, the JOY!

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Mt. UOC!

 

Is that all?  Not even close.  How about the blessings we receive along our journey from people who we’ve just met, from people who cook meals for us, and from those who volunteer their services free of charge.  We can never thank Dr. Love, Dr. McKinley, Dr. Ellingson, or Dr. Reamer from Spokane, WA enough for their dental services.  Two of our boys had the pain in their teeth stopped with root canals, and all of our children had cleanings and a good start on fillings because those four dentists and their staff graciously volunteered their time and services.  Their generous hearts blessed our hearts…and teeth!

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Dr. Love & Staff. Thank You!

There’s not enough room to tell you all about the blessings we receive from the families that host our choir in their homes, so I’m just going to put up a picture that expresses our gratitude and appreciation for all our host families…through the words of one of our children, Jafari.

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To all our host families: God bless you for blessing us!

All of us here with the Ugandan Orphans Choir are blessed abundantly.  And our prayer is that because God has blessed us so much through His love for us and through the love He’s put in others for us, that we might be a blessing to others.  A blessing to everyone God puts in our path, and also a blessing to all the children we may never meet, but whom God has given us the special opportunity to advocate for here on tour.

I. AM. BLESSED.  We all are.  And, I thank God for all of you whom He uses to bless us along the way, and for the opportunities He gives us to bless others!

God Bless You!  :-)

-Uncle Josh

Posted by: Choir | April 2, 2013

Being taught a thing or two…

During our performance at Maplewood Presbyterian Church in Edmonds, Washington, Pastor Barry reminded us that “children are teachers.” I am blessed to be surrounded by ten great teachers!

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Lessons I’ve learned from the choir..

Getrude teaches me what it really means to serve one another. She consistently is looking for ways to assist. I was very touched one day when she helped me put on my shoes. Her gentle ways and heart for service is a shining example of Christ’s love.

Getrude

Getrude

Jackie offers a great lesson in courage! At the beginning of the tour, she had an completely valid fear of dogs.  She has learned the role of dogs as pets in our culture and overcome her phobia in beautiful ways. She fearlessly and joyfully now takes dogs on walks. Yesterday, she even played with a 180 lb St. Bernard. Jackie is a very brave girl that when she faces her fears often finds new interests!

Jackie

Jackie

Joan is giving me some serious lessons in humor. I am learning that I did not know sarcasm until I met her! She is very witty and constantly making me laugh. She’s also very creative in the kitchen and one day even made us Pineapple Juice Tea. I am still uncertain if it was a legitimate recipe or if she was making it up as she went along, but the results were a very refreshing beverage and a very proud Joan of her homemade creation!

Joan

Joan

Cissy exemplifies the power of affection! She is always holding my hand or giving me hugs. These gestures are great motivators for days that can be long and tiring. Whenever she runs up and gives me a hug, I gain a new perspective and I am able to be content in the moment.

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Dianah shows me that a little bit of confidence can go a long way. She is a studious young girl with a confident approach to life. With great ease, she can scramble eggs, watch over younger kids, and perform so beautifully each week! It’s quite impressive how quickly she finds a way to assert herself and become a leader in most situations.

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Julius teaches me the importance of helping others carry their cross. He always appears at my side to take anything that I might have in my hands and carries it himself. He brightens my days with his smile and joy that overflows from within him.

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Julius

Jafari teaches me the necessity of laughter. His giggle is so contagious and so full of life that regardless of how heavy a moment may be, if his laughter is heard, my heart is warmed. Moreover, he is a gifted artist that if I watch carefully perhaps his skill for drawing Curious George characters will rub off on me!

Jafari

Jafari

Joseph reminds me how crucial it is that we let one another know that we are deeply loved. His warm greetings, hugs, and using his words to inform me that he loves me provides immense peace .  He shows me the deeply profound impact of verbal affirmation.

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Joseph

Charles has given me many lessons on the helpfulness of watching out for one another. If I’ve misplaced my keys or dropped my hair tie, Charles will be the first to notice and make sure that it is properly returned. He’s observant and in surprising ways watching out and caring for the people and things around him.

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Charles

Allan really makes me think and is encouraging me to be a lifelong learner. He is very curious and asks many questions. Rather if he is asking questions with concrete answers like “What is the tallest mountain in America?” or more subjective questions such as “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  (By the way, when he asks that question, I also answer “Aunt Jessica”.)  He teaches the importance of seeking knowledge.

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Allan

 

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Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
Psalm 8:2

In addition to my days being filled with lessons from the kids, I am blessed to learn from the rest of the staff too! Alice is the school teacher and her gift for teaching is so natural! I really appreciate learning from her particularly during our staff devotions, the way in which she shares the Gospel is extremely encouraging. Phionah, the choir director, is teaching me the Ugandan ways! In addition to enriching my life by broadening my understanding of another culture, she is also trying to teach me salsa. She’s a fantastic dance instructor which can be seen by the choirs’ performances, however, I am not the best dance student. Josh, the tour leader, has taught me a lot of Taylor Swift lyrics. Beyond his pop culture knowledge, he is a fantastic teacher in many areas. In the 34 minute lesson he gave me on how to back up the trailer, not once did he show any sort of frustration. So, in addition to me gaining some new driving skills, he taught me what it really means to be patient, encouraging, and determined.

Thanks for taking the time to read the blog. Sorry it’s taken so long for an update…obviously I’ve been busy learning some things!

Aunty Jessica

Posted by: Choir | March 2, 2013

6 + 2 + 9 = 24!

Six performances.  Two different states.  In nine days.  …just the beginning!!!  We’ve had a busy, but AMAZING, start to the Ugandan Orphans Choir 2013 Tour!  The kids have so much energy that they wish they could perform everyday.  Frowns actually come over their faces when they find out that they won’t get to dance, play their instruments, and sing praises on our non-performance days.  However, they are going to get plenty of opportunities to do what they love over the course of the next 11 months!  This year’s tour has the choir traveling across the heart of the U.S….from Washington state to West Virginia!  Adults and children at churches, schools, museums, etc. across the country will get to see the smiles, hear the joyful noises, and dance along with the choir children all year long!  And as audiences have already figured out in our first week, the children are “pros” already…it’s just the adults (a.k.a. “Uncle Josh”) who still have some things to figure out!

First Performance!

Now, let me introduce you to this year’s choir!  Our five, beautiful Ugandan girls are:  Getrude, Jackline (“Jackie”), Diana, Cissy, and Joanita (“Joan”).  Our five, “smart” boys are:  Allan, Joseph, Jafari, Charles (“Charlie”), and Julius.  These are the names to go with the faces that will forever be etched in your minds and hearts.  *Just remember, you have to go see the choir perform for that to happen!*  Also, we have three wonderful, selfless women who are giving this year of their life to care for, teach, and love on our kids.  From Uganda comes Alice, our school teacher, and Phionah, our choir director.  And from Indiana comes our Assistant Tour Leader, Jessica.  Without these ladies, this tour would not be possible!  And then there’s me (Josh), the lone, male adult…please pray for me!

I can tell you already, without a doubt in my mind, that this is going to be an incredible year and an unforgettable journey!  God has blessed my life so much already, and He has kept those blessings pouring out these past couple weeks.  The kids have already stolen my heart, and I am so thankful God has placed them in my life.  However, I’ve also seen His blessings pouring out through the people and congregations we’ve already visited!  Host families have gone out of their way to make us all feel at home and any need that has come up has been met right away!  We were blessed with new Bibles for all the children & adults at Woodhaven Community Church this past week, and Soles4Souls fitted all our kids with brand new sneakers!  It was quite a “situation” when Cissy got a grass stain on her new shoes while playing soccer…hmm, futbol…on Friday!

Cissy...all smiles BEFORE the "grass stain" incident!

Cissy…all smiles BEFORE the “grass stain” incident!

However, the greatest part of our first week of tour/performances relates to the real reason why the Uganda Orphans Choir exists…the reason these children are here in the U.S.  24!  Yes, 24, children received sponsorships in the past 9 days!!!  24 children around the world who never would have had a chance to receive an education before are now on their way to overcoming poverty and reaching their dreams!  It’s amazing to see how God works!  He brought Getrude, Cissy, Jackie, Joan, Diana, Charles, Allan, Joseph, Julius, and Jafari together here in the U.S. to change the lives of 24 children all over the world!  And that’s just in the first 9 days…we have 10+ months left to go!

If you want to share in God’s plan for changing the lives of His children, then come on out and see the Ugandan Orphans Choir perform. You can find our tour schedule, and information on how to sponsor a child yourself, at http://www.childcareworldwide.org.  God bless you all!

In Christ,

“Uncle Josh”

Posted by: Choir | February 15, 2013

First week in America for 2013 choir!!!

There have been a lot of ‘firsts’ for us this week! Personally, I have
experienced love at first sight.  As the choir arrived from customs up
the escalators in SeaTac, my heart was melted by smiles from 5
beautiful boys and 5 beautiful girls and the incredible Aunty Alice
and Aunty Phionah.  Although fatigued by over 28 hours of travel time,
the kids radiated with an excitement to be in this new land. My love
for them has only grown deeper this week and it’s been truly a special
opportunity to continue to get to know them better.

The choir at the park!

The choir at the park!

Trying foods for the first time has been fun. The choir has tried lots
of new foods including but not limited to broccoli, beets, cheese,
cereal, lasagna, and CUPCAKES. We’ve had our fair share of cupcakes
between birthdays (Cissy’s February 8 and Aunty Jessica’s February 13)
and of course, Valentine’s Day. Speaking of Valentine’s day, we were
treated to the most spectacular Valentine’s Day presentation by the
University Cooperative School in Seattle, Washington.  The students
made each choir member a handmade box with their names that included
their lunches and of course, cupcakes. This gesture was very heartfelt
and immensely appreciated by all.

Charles, Jackline, and Julius with their Valentine's Day boxes

Charles, Jackline, and Julius with their Valentine’s Day boxes

Other firsts include the introduction of the washing machine and
dryer. I had the great pleasure of showing Julius, Jafari, and Charles
this luxury at our host home.  The boys were fascinated and curious
why it would take so long to wash the clothes (45 minutes) and they
were baffled by how fast the dryer would dry the clothes (48 minutes).
It was a really a reflective moment for me, where I had to pause in
gratitude for these conveniences that I often take for granted.

Charles with a birthday cake for his Aunty Jessica :)

Charles with a birthday cake for his Aunty Jessica :)

Our first performance is this upcoming Wednesday, February 20, in
Silverdale, Washington. The choir has been very busy with rehearsals.
I have been blown away by what I’ve seen during rehearsals. These kids
bring so much joy, life, and energy to their performances. It is truly
a gift to watch them drum, sing, and dance. Aunty Phionah and Aunty
Alice have done a fantastic job rehearsing with them and I can’t wait
for audiences across America to experience what the choir has to
offer!

Rehearsal

Rehearsal

There are many more firsts to come and we are all so grateful for the
host families and the University Cooperative School for getting us off
to the right start. Thank you! Wabale nyo ( Thank you in Luganda)!

-Aunty Jessica

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