African children’s choir worships in Port St. Joe

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 09:34 AM.

The choir director, Abu, has been a part of the program since it began in 2006. He also becomes a father figure to the children, helping to develop and mentor in order to turn them into leaders so they’ll prosper when they return home. Abu holds auditions within the communities and finds the kids who will make the best additions to the choir or who will grow from the experience.

Rob said, “Abu has such a gift for finding kids with the spark.”

Daraja had performed the week prior at First Baptist Church in Port St. Joe.

Word quickly got back to Oak Grove Pastor James Wiley.

Having spent time in Uganda with his children, who are missionaries, he built a strong connection with the country and was happy to host the group at the church. It also helped the Allreds fill an empty date in their schedule.

“I have experienced the pure passion and joy in Uganda and worship is universal.” said Wiley.

The 24 choir members arrived in the U.S. May 12 and started their tour in Atlanta. Prior to hitting the road the children spent six weeks getting a “crash course” on life in the United States which was turned into a fun learning experience. Because it was their first visit to North America, a highlight for Rob and Elisa was watching the kids experience various “firsts.”

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