GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Children from several third world countries made a stop in South Mississippi as part of a national tour.
"The Children of The World Choir is an awesome opportunity to hear them sing, to see them lead in worship and dance, and honor the lord from their hearts," said First Baptist Church pastor, Rev. Jimmy Stewart.
However, their songs of praise have a much deeper meaning. Most of the children lived a life of agony back in their home countries of Uganda, Nepal, Honduras, and the Philippines. Through the choir, they're given a new chance at life on tour.
"It's also an opportunity for our members to host two or three of these children and chaperone in their home for a couple of days," said Stewart. "It gives them a taste of the world."
Spouses Ryan And Jenn Fester have been working alongside the children for the past six months, forming somewhat of a family.
"We definitely have a sense of family on tour, and it really helps us to build that caring community for children while they're here. I think that people can really sense the love on our team," said Jenn.
While on tour, they're temporarily placed in host homes.
"It's also an opportunity for our members to host two or three of these children and chaperone in their home for a couple of days. So, it gives them a taste of the world," said Stewart.
The international choir will make their next stop in Arkansas on Wednesday.