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Ugandan Thunder to minister in Riverdale

African children’s choir visits New Macedonia Baptist Church

RIVERDALE — A group of children from Uganda are scheduled to worship through song and dance to raise money for orphanages in their homeland.

The Ugandan Thunder choir is scheduled to minister at New Macedonia Baptist Church, at 7 p.m., located at 7725 State Route 85 in Riverdale.

Ugandan Thunder Choir road manager Melinda Fowler acknowledged the 22-member choir ranges in age from 10 to 14.

“It is not a performance, it is a worship time,” Fowler said. “Some of the songs the choir will be singing in their Ugandan language called Lugandan.”

The Ugandan Thunder choir tour is a fundraiser which helps feed over 5,000 children in 11 orphanages in Uganda, according to Fowler.

“We have gained more sponsorships during the tour,” she explained. “A sponsorship is $9 to feed a child in Uganda for a month.”

The concert lasts about an hour and 20 minutes. She described it as a high energy concert with singing, dancing and interaction with the audience.

The choir began its tour this year in July.

“Our 2012 Ugandan Thunder choir tour has been going better than we ever imagined,” she said. “God has been blessing in ways we never imagined. The response from the people has been overwhelming. The hearts of so many people have been touched by these precious children.”

Fowler said the 2012 tour includes the choir ministering across the United States from as far south as Florida and as far north as Washington state.

“Last week, one of things the children enjoyed while we were in Alton, Ill., was a trip across the state line to the [Gateway Arch] and St. Louis Zoo,” she said. “We went to the top of the archway, which was 630 feet high and we were able to look out of the windows at the top of the archway across the city.”

She said while the choir members were at the zoo they got chance to see zebras, elephants and camels.

“A lot of people think that these animals run free in Africa, but they don’t, they are in safaris,” she said. “So these children have never seen them live.”

Fowler said the choir found out on Monday they are scheduled to perform at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., from March 22 until 29.

“There will be something for every member of the family,” she added. “This is not just another concer. This event can be life-changing.”