African Children's Choir set to visit Jonesborough

Brandon Paykamian • Updated Jan 17, 2020 at 9:44 AM

A local church favorite from Africa is returning to Jonesborough next week, according to a recent announcement from Jonesborough United Methodist Church.

The African Children's Choir will perform at the church, located at 211 W. Main St., at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The event will be free for the public.

“We welcome you to come out and experience this event with us,” Carla Gass, the church’s administrative assistant, said. “It’s a public event, and everybody is welcome to come.” 

According to the group’s website, the African Children's Choir is on tour visiting churches and venues around the country as “ambassadors for the millions of suffering children back home in Africa.” Funds raised on tour go toward the education of each touring choir child and continuing efforts of its fundraising organization, Music for Life.

Pastor Karen Lane said this is the fourth year she’s helped welcome the group made up of 17 kids from Uganda to the area. She said it not only helps the children, but it also gives attendees a chance to get a taste of their culture. 

“The full purpose of the program is to raise up leaders in Africa,” Lane said, adding that offerings will be donated. “It’s very much about helping better the world they come from, and I think that’s exciting.

“They have a great love for Jesus. Some of their music is religious, and some of it is not,” she continued. “They play drums, and they do a lot of dancing, so we get to experience some of their culture.”

Gass said the beloved and talented vocal group is well-known by the congregation for their powerful performances.

“They’re so enthusiastic, and you can tell how much they love God by their performance that they put on,” she said.

Members of the congregation welcome the group with open arms, providing a home for them while they are visiting. 

“The church members actually keep them in their homes, so they get to be part of their family while they’re here,” Gass said. “They don’t stay in hotels when they come here; they stay with church members.” 

For more information on the African Children’s Choir, visit www.africanchildrenschoir.com. More information on Jonesborough United Methodist Church’s events can be found at www.jnsbrumc.org