Ugandan choir takes the stage
A CHORUS of beautiful Ugandan voices rung out about the Chinchilla Cultural Centre on Sunday night as Chinchilla hosted the Mwangaza Children's Choir.
Chinchilla was the choir's last stop on a six month tour around Australia, New Zealand, and Malaysia sharing their faith and their culture through song and dance, while also raising awareness for education.
Choir team leader and pastor Sahr Jarvouhey said the tour has taken them to Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Tasmania, and country towns around the country.
"Now we are heading back to Uganda but through Singapore for a week,” Mr Jarvouhey said.
For the children, all who have never been overseas before, Mr Jarvouhey said it's been a "huge” experience.
"They've got an opportunity to meet very many people, they've got an opportunity to share their stories, they've got an opportunity to share their faith, the gospel, which is very very important for them, and they've got an opportunity to share African culture and dance with the people of Australia.”
"We saw some snow in New Zealand, that was a bit exciting for the kids.”
The choir of children from six to 12 years old is an initiative of African Renewal Ministries and is based in Gaba, Uganda. It's name, Mwangaza, is a Swahili word for 'shining light'.
Mr Jarvouhey said the experience has been incredible, meeting welcoming people who have invited the choir into their homes.
"They allow us to get into their lives, to their homes, and to their families, and they were able to share a good time with us and stories, and we had an opportunity to have very interesting conversations with many people and many communities were very generous towards us.”
At the heart of the choir's efforts lies a mission to help children like them look forward to a bright future with a good education.
"The choir really came one to share the Ugandan dance, Ugandan stories, but the choir also came to promote education for Children in Africa,” Mr Jarvouhey said.
"African Renewal Ministries, the organisation that we work with, and the church that we come from, is really passionate about the future and about the children, so for the past 20 years we've been helping them go to school.
"Sso the choir, the kids have been ambassadors for other children back in Uganda to get an opportunity to go to school, to study and to have a bright future.
"We believe that we want to raise the next generation of Christian leaders.”