African children’s choir to perform Sunday in Crestview

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The Daraja Children’s Choir of Africa — a Ugandan faith-based ensemble, pictured performing — will sing this Sunday at Emmanuel Baptist Church and St. Mark United Methodist Church in Crestview.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 05:26 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Daraja Children’s Choir of Africa will perform five times Sunday at Emmanuel Baptist Church and St. Mark United Methodist Church.

The ensemble, comprising 24 Ugandan children, will perform a blend of traditional song-and-dance with contemporary Christian music.

Daraja — “bridge” in Swahili — describes the journey children have taken from Uganda to the United States. The choir is a ministry of 410 Bridge, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the spiritual and physical growth of poverty stricken communities in Uganda, Haiti and Kenya.

“The choir originally visited Emmanuel in 2010,” Justin Wyatt, who oversees Emmanuel’s worship and global missions, said in an email. “During their previous visit, people were enthralled at the vibrant energy, enthusiasm and passion that exuded from the children as they sang songs of worship.”

While visiting Crestview over the weekend, several Emmanuel families will host the children in their homes, Wyatt said.

The choir will perform three times during Emmanuel’s morning worship services. They also will perform at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark United Methodist Church.

Free tickets are available 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the church on P.J. Adams Parkway. Only tickets for the 6:30 p.m. performance are still available.

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