HAMILTON, Ga (WRBL) – Children of the World Choir made a stop in Hamilton on Sunday as part of its Refuge and Strength tour. The choir performed at River of Life Church of God.
Lead pastor Dan Rogers says he invited the choir to his church because the children represent the world, but the church reaches the world.
“The Bible says in 2 Corinthians, Chapter 9 ‘If we sow generously, we will reap generously,’” so I believe that a church that sows is a church that sows,” said Pastor Rogers.
The Children of the World Choir is made up of 15 children ages nine to ten from the Philippines, Nepal and Uganda.
According to WorldHelp, there are more than 65 million people worldwide who are refugees. Nearly 50 million of those refugees are children.
Team leader of the choir, Keith Eschleman says for many of these children this is their first time leaving their country.
“They either come from a children’s home, or their home life situation back home is very difficult and they need to receive the care from the child sponsorship program,” said Eschleman.
Purity is nine-years-old and from Uganda. She says being part of this choir is bigger than her.
“I love performing because we help other people around the world,” Purity said.
Kenz also likes performing. His favorite song is “Everyday.”
“Everyday we’re thankful to God because he died on the cross,” said Kenz.
Eschelman and his wife accompany the children on the tour. Eschelman says his wife taught the choir the songs and dances that they perform.
The tour is for ten months and at the end, each child returns to his/her country with a college scholarship to continue his/her education.
Leaders of River of Life Church of God say that by the end of the service, several of the children received sponsors and church members were able to donate about $4,000 to the choir’s mission.