Surgoinsville First Baptist Church is hosting Watoto Children’s Choir Tour “Signs and Wonder” on Sunday, April 16. These choirs consist of 29 orphans from Uganda that will sing praise and worship songs and share stories of their lives and the joy they have because of God’s love.

Music director at First Baptist, Morissa Diamond, received a post card in the mail about the concert tour and thought it was a great opportunity for their church. She immediately called and officially became the coordinator of the event.

“We just want the public to know they are welcomed,” said Diamond. “We want people who don’t normally come to church to come out and hear these children sing.”

Families from the church will be providing housing and dinner for the children April 16 and 17.

In 1994, the Watoto Church founded Watoto Cild Care Ministry Inc., an international holistic care program that was created in response to the overwhelming number of orphaned children and women in Ugana, Africa. The Watoto Children’s Choir has toured the world since, as advocates for the 18 million African children who are currently orphaned because of AIDS. Each child that sings in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both of their parents and now lives in Watoto Village.

“I am excited to be a part of Signs and Wonders,” said Esther, an 8-year-old who is currently touring with the choir. “I know that I am a wonder because I am chosen by God as Hid child.”

This choir has performed in front of presidents in the White House, royalty at Buckingham Palace, the United Nations and several other national parliaments. Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church, Brian Houston, describes the choir concert as “an extraordinary experience.”

The concert will be held at Surgoinsville First Baptist Church, 510 Old Stage Road at 7 p.m. This free event is opened to the public, but the church will be holding a love offering for the children.

For more information, contact Morissa Diamond at (423) 923-0622 or by email at