Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • African Children’s Choir to perform in Morton

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  • Bethel Lutheran Church in Morton has announced that the Asante Children’s Choir from East Africa is scheduled for a performance of their “Jericho … moving forward” tour at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bethel Lutheran School, 325 E. Queenwood, Morton. The concert is free and open to all. 
    Asante is a Swahili word meaning “thank you.”
    The Asante Choir is offering a “thank you” to supporting partners, by inspiring hope and joy through music and dance.
    In return, the Asante Choir raises support to give hope to many other children in East Africa. 
    The Choir will perform traditional African and American worship music, as well as African Folk Songs, drum music and vibrant dance.
    The choir is made up of 20 children, ages 7-15, from East Africa.
    Many of the children are orphans or have parents who are unable to provide for them.
    In spite of severe hardships most of the children have faced, they inspire people with their bright smiles and the joy of their hope.
    In “Jericho … moving forward” the children testify through song and dance that if you worship and praise God through your trials and tribulations, He will bring down the walls in a life.
    Many describe their performances as extraordinarily moving and even life changing.
    The children will be sharing their joy and hope while raising support and awareness of the desperate needs of children in Africa.
    The mission of Asante comes in part from James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.”
    Asante accomplishes this mission by nurturing physical health, providing educational empowerment and sharing the hope that is found in Christ. Asante’s work is supported by local churches, donors and a growing network of volunteers.
    For further information go to www.asantechoir.org.
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