Lift your voice in praise

Francis takes a solo in a praise song while the rest of the Ugandan Thunder group backs him up. The youth praise team performed at Okolona High School and the Houlka Community Center March 16 as part of a fundraising effort for African orphans. (Photo by Lisa Voyles)

Francis takes a solo in a praise song while the rest of the Ugandan Thunder group backs him up. The youth praise team performed at Okolona High School and the Houlka Community Center March 16 as part of a fundraising effort for African orphans.
(Photo by Lisa Voyles)

OKOLONA – At the Royal School and Orphanage in Uganda, over half of the children in residence have no parents. Another 25 percent have been abandoned, dropped off at the door.

And 22 tour the United States raising money and sponsorships to feed the children back home.

“It’s a hard life,” said Ted Moody during the youth performance March 16 at Okolona High School.

The youth praise team was invited to perform in Okolona by Rev. Boddie of Red Bud M.B. Church in Egypt.

“How often do you get to see this,” Boddie said. “They’re bringing revenue back to their country to feed and help other children.”

The youth are wrapping up an 11-month tour of the United States and brought their songs of praise to OHS and then on to the Houlka Community Center later in the evening. The children are tutored and home schooled while on the road, but one of their projects is to build a high school back in Uganda.

“The children there take the opportunity to get an education very seriously,” Moody said.

The attend school from 6:30 a.m. to about 8 p.m. with breaks for lunch and supper and for two hours on Saturday.

Donations from guests at the show are sent back to Uganda and sales of merchandise cover their traveling expenses.

“The table sales from the African store is what buys the diesel fuel and airline tickets so all the sponsorship money can go back,” Moody said. “Our newest project is building a clinic and high school. When this started seven years ago, it was just a food program. Now the Lord has expanded our borders.”

The group tours for a larger agency called Pennies for Posho, which provides food for children in 14 orphanages. In 2012, they provided 5.5 million meals to children and youth.

For information on Pennies for Posho, go to www.penniesforposho.org.

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