From the next hour, the audience was rapt with attention at the 15 children from World Help’s international children’s choir danced, sang and jumped around the stage. World Help is a nondenominational Christian charity that sponsors children around the world by providing food, medical attention and educational opportunities, according to their Web site, www.worldhelp.net. They also distribute Bibles to start new churches.
Crossroads Fellowship Church sponsored the concert, which was the second one in Cadiz this year. The last one was in may at the church, but Pastor Geoff Baggett said he had rented the Little Theater because it holds more people and he wanted more people from the general public to come see them sing. Most of the children in the touring choirs (there are several) are orphans who World Help takes care of. Mike Hahn, a team leader for the Children of the World tour, told the audience that many of the children’s parents had died in tribal warfare or of preventable diseases.
Baggett said that the children arrived the day before the show and spent the day resting in preparation for their performance. He said that seven families from his church had volunteered to provide lodging for the two nights they stayed in town.
“I’m so glad and excited they’re here,” Baggett said.
The children in the choir were from India, Uganda, Brazil and the Philippines. They mostly sang in English, but occasionally sang a few lines in other languages. During the concert, a screen behind them featured video footage of various locales around the world and song lyrics.
About halfway through the concert, Christa Hahn, a Children of the World tour team leader, announced that they would be showing a short video about the humanitarian crisis in northern Uganda. She said that the video would probably be too disturbing for young children and that they were free to exit into the lobby to meet with the choir members while their parents watched.
Hahn said that World Help was well on its way to raising its goal of $1.6 million for aid to northern Uganda and encouraged everyone to donate freely. She said they could also pick up a free copy of “The Forgotten Children,” a book detailing the lives children have been forced to lead during the crisis, in the lobby after the concert.
“These children are hungry, hopeless and running for their lives,” she said.
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