It was a beautiful evening. We loved the music. We loved the children's smiles and carefully spoken English. We loved worshipping in a church that had as many dark-skinned faces as light-skinned faces. We loved hearing the stories of despair turned to hope--narratives of redemption--that were so close to stories that our own could tell.
(This photo was taken from http://watotochoirs.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/watoto-the-best-sleep-centre-manitoba/).
We brought home four tired but excited children, one extra doll made by HIV-positive women in Uguanda (Abby was the winner of a giveaway!), a CD that has been playing pretty much non-stop in our house today, and a little extra joy in all of our hearts.
Andrew also brought home a little extra motivation to practice his drumming and his dance moves :)
If a Watoto choir is ever in your area, I would highly recommend that you attend the concert. I don't think you will be disappointed. (If you are a reader that lives in the Ottawa area, there are still a few more opportunities to see the choir. Check here for concert times and locations.)