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Gulfport church hosts Ugandan children's choir

To these students, it's more than just traveling and raising money for the many starving children in their country. (Photo source: WLOX) To these students, it's more than just traveling and raising money for the many starving children in their country. (Photo source: WLOX)
The boys and girls represent eight out of 16 schools and orphanages the nonprofit organization Pennies for Posho sponsors to feed every day. (Photo source: WLOX) The boys and girls represent eight out of 16 schools and orphanages the nonprofit organization Pennies for Posho sponsors to feed every day. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

The Ugandan Thunder Children's Choir has made it back to South Mississippi after three years. Twenty-two children, ages nine to 16, make up the powerful voices of the choir that’s come to Gulfport to raise money to take back to their country to build a medical center.

The boys and girls represent eight out of 16 schools and orphanages the nonprofit organization Pennies for Posho sponsors to feed every day.

“To date, we are currently feeding over 6,000 kids, and as of May, we've fed close to 40 million meals since the organization started nearly 10 years ago,” Rachel Concort, of Pennies for Posho, said.

To these students, it's more than just traveling and raising money for the many starving children in their country. It’s experiencing a new life that connects them to others through worship.

“I love it very much, because we inspire people's hearts and it's a source of change,” 15-year-old Caroline said. “We change people's lives, and they get to be in God. I love it because it has helped us know more things than we ever knew before.”

For Samuel, 15, and Godfrey, 16, it's like living a dream.

“I feel really good, because my dream has come true,” Samuel said with a smile.

“God is so powerful and always answers my dreams,” Godfrey said. “I was so happy and grateful to come to America, and that's how I joined the Uganda Thunder. Now, I'm in America and enjoying it.”

They aren't the only ones enjoying their stay here in South Mississippi.

“One thing that you just can't know when you meet and spend time with these kids, they're just great kids and they just want to be loved,” said Jeff Cunningham, with First Baptist Church of Lyman.

To become a sponsor, visit http://www.penniesforposho.org/.

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