Tuesday, January 15, 2013

RESCUE TOUR

Sunday morning, as I walked into church and sat down in the pew, I noticed something different about the stage.  There stood four big signs with pictures of children, that read 'Build,' 'Renew,' 'Rescue,' and 'Rescue Tour, and three African drums.  I was immediately excited, because I knew this meant we would be seeing something special, yet I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  The Children of the World International Children's Choir would be performing for us.  Where would these children come from?  What language would they sing in?  What would they look like?  As the pastor introduced the choir leader, and we all bowed our heads in prayer, this upbeat music began to play.  And then the sound of little hands banging on the drums echoed throughout the sanctuary.  As I raised my head, I saw lines of children coming down the aisles, dancing, and waving around what looked like little pom poms, their faces wearing the biggest smiles I have ever seen.  Everyone's heads began turning, necks stretching, and faces just lighting up at the sight of these beautiful children.  Each child wore these gorgeous garments of clothing, each representative of their country.


This choir, made up of children from Nepal, the Philippines, and Uganda, is part of a rescue tour called 'WorldHelp.'  World Help is a faith-based humanitarian organization that exists to serve the physical and spiritual needs of people in impoverished communities around the world.  The Rescue Tour tells the story of millions of children around the world who suffer from the effects of dirty water, malnutrition, and poverty.  Between songs, the children sat down on the stage, the lights dimmed, and video of children suffering and being rescued were shown.  The one that probably touched everyone the most, was the mission in Guatemala.  Babies were dying every day because they lived on the mountain and had no means of getting medical help.  They were dying from drinking dirty water, that led to parasites inside their little bodies.  They were dying from no food, no milk.  This amazing man would go up on this mountain nearly every day and bring a vehicle full of babies back with him to the medical facility that would nurture them back to health.  A child that looked just a little older than my 2 year old daughter, but weighed as much as a newborn baby, was dying and not expected to live past the day, but they were able to rescue her.


During the week leading up to this performance, the children were taken in by members of the church, two to three children per family.  You can imagine the abundance of interested families wanting to do this.  When the announcement was made months ago that families would be needed to house these children during their tour here, the volunteer list filled up immediately, leaving many a little disappointed that they hadn't signed up fast enough.  I would have loved to have been able to be a part of this amazing experience.


Sorry for the poor quality of the pictures.  All I had on me was an old cellphone, since I broke  mine.

I can't even express to you how happy these children were.  I have never seen smiles so true and so big in my life.  My heart just overflowed for each one of them and I wanted to wrap my arms around them.  (I wanted to take them home with me.)  By the way, they sang in English.  At the end of the performance, they lined up at the doors as we exited, shaking hands and giving hugs.  

If you would like to learn more about this amazing organization, visit facebook.com/worldhelp and worldhelp.net.

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