Those of you who know me know that this organization holds a very special place in my heart.
This will be their 3rd time to Rapid City and we've had the pleasure of hosting and organizing each time.
And they are coming next week.....a whole new group of kids.....but with the same concept.
They are raising awareness and dollars for their brothers and sisters a half a world away.
Their performances will allow people to actually see and touch a child who has been through the despairs of a third-world country. So many of us think that if we can't see them, they must not exist....or they don't matter. It's the reason people who travel across the world want to do something bigger than what they did before.
It's such a perfect idea....to link the people of HERE to the people of THERE and know that we are all ONE.
Kudos to Matsiko (which means HOPE in Uganda) and ICN (International Children's Network) for loving on the people's of the world.....on all of the edges and the in-betweens.
From front-to-back and side-to-side and ocean to land.
|THIS year's group|
|from Peru, South America & Liberia, Africa|
|12 girls & 6 boys|
|our family with our girls from last year|
this year our boys begged to host boys.....we've had girls the last 2x.
Aregash isn't as excited, but she's had her girl-time.
in fact, those girls placed a burden soo heavy on her daddy's heart that he said YES to adoption after they came in 2008.
|our girls in 2008....a start of something beautiful|
i'm sure that everyone who has come across Matsiko has their own special story......
and now we will have three.
the choir and the work they do will always be something we're passionate about.
i think the misconception at first glance is that the purpose of their journey is to create opportunities for these chosen children who are traveling the United States, when in reality, they symbolize everything that we CAN'T SEE across the world.
the money that is raised during their trip across America will provide sponsorship for their neighbors and classmates and siblings so that they will have the SAME educational opportunities as these few chosen children in the choir. it's an amazing cause and something i'm proud to be a part of.
if you can't come to Rapid City, SD to see them, look on their Facebook page for more information about where you can.....and how you can be a part of it all.
every time they reach another city or town they reach hundreds more people who just didn't know....or didn't care.....or didn't think there was anything they could do.
and now they'll know how to love someone who isn't a part of their family, or a part of their circle, or town, or country.
these children are not forgotten.
thank you, Lord.