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An Event with Impact at First Lobo Baptist Church
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The African Children’s Choir began 30 years ago. The Choir illustrates the life changing power of education of children in Uganda and other African nations, such as Rwanda, Nigeria, Kenya and Southern Sudan.

The 43rd version of this Choir is currently rolling through Ontario, with several venue stops in the London area, one of them being at First Lobo Baptist Church, near Komoka. This is a smaller country church that seats about 350 people, and the Choir attracted people from far and wide, filling the sanctuary to capacity with additional seating provided in the foyer.


"I had cautions about it at first, but the moment I saw the kids, all my grumblings left, and it has been one of the most uplifting things we have done (at First Lobo Baptist) for awhile", said one member of the church, who attended the August event.

Admission to the concert was free, but an offering was received. Funds generated are used to provide education for many African children, not only for the choir members, but for several children back home. This financial assistance is critical if these children have any hope of getting a proper education as many of the families simply don’t have the resources.

The First Lobo Baptist event was organized by Dean Dolbear, volunteer Commander for the Awana Children's Ministry held each Wednesday Night.

"We recently hired an Associate Pastor, Doug Watson (from Exeter), who will have oversight of our Family Ministries, youth and children", said Mr. Dean, as he is known to the Awana children. "He will provide much needed support to our families, as we move forward utilizing our newly constructed and expanded facilities."

Although there was one performance only, First Lobo Baptist had the privilege of having the Choir stay with them additional days. Six host families each had 3 children and 1 chaperone in their home for 3 nights. These families without a doubt received the greatest blessing, as they got to know the 9 boys and 9 girls in the Choir on a much deeper level. The children are well disciplined, well behaved, respectful, and include behaviors we all wish for in our children and grandchildren. They practiced their music and did schoolwork at the Church during the days.

"While I transported these children back and forth from my home to the church, the children in the back seat of my car broke out into a 3 member choir that touched my heart as it was spontaneous and moving" said Mr Dean.

We encourage everyone to check out the African Children's Choir website www.africanchildrenschoir.com.

Maybe someone you know resides near a venue, at which they will be performing, and you can encourage them to attend. While searching their website you can also find ways you can be supportive, all very worthwhile and rewarding. It has brought lasting memories to the congregation at First Lobo Baptist. And so, even though the choir has left our area, they will be back, but likely in 2-3 years time. We encourage your Church to consider hosting such an event in the future. But be careful! It might impact you more than you had first thought.