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Second Baptist welcomes Watoto program

Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Watoto, a holistic care program, initiated to serve the dire needs of Africa and her people, is thrilled to present a brand new choir tour entitled Beautiful Africa: A New Generation.

The production will be presented at the Family Resource Center, Edgewood on April 25 at 7 p.m.  The tour began in Dallas, TX and will tour for six months visiting several cities throughout the U.S. including Albuquerque, NM, Oklahoma City, OK, Saint Louis, MO, Milwaukee, WI, Minneapolis, MN and Des Moines, IA, concluding the tour in Denver, CO. There is no admission fee or tickets necessary for the concert.

With vibrant, original African music; dance routines; life-transforming stories, the tour is indicative of the new generation of leaders emerging out of Watoto.

“Through the choir’s Concert of Hope, we share a message of transformation by telling the story of Africa’s rescued orphans and women. We hope to reach out to audiences with the message of Christ’s healing power,” says Gary Skinner, Watoto Founder.

With its genuine appeal, accompanied by music and dance – an energetic fusion of contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythm – the globally acclaimed Watoto Children’s Choir has traveled internationally since 1994 as ambassadors for the millions of children in Africa, orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war and poverty.

Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents. They live in Watoto Children’s Villages where they receive the care and nurture they need to grow up as productive citizens of their country.

Since its inception, 62 choirs have traveled globally, providing the children with a bigger worldview, an unusual opportunity they would otherwise never get.

The choirs have been to Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and USA, among others. Their audiences have included royalty, presidents, ministers and the common people alike, capturing many hearts wherever they go. To preview a performance of the choir visit:

For questions regarding the concert on April 25, please feel free to email The Mission Church at

For more information or to schedule an interview with the choir, please contact U.S Watoto Communications Director, Jeanine Bedell at 813-449-2927.