A 20-member Ugandan choir comprising children and adults will tour East Texas starting Saturday to share their culture and faith with this community.
The choir, which represents Parental Care Ministries, has been in the U.S. for about a month, performing in seven other states before arriving in Texas.
Justin Hayes, director of ministry operations for Parental Care Ministries-USA, said their performances include a blend of singing and dancing. Some of the songs are from their own culture, while others are praise and worship songs.
The choir’s U.S. tours began in 2013, Hayes said. After visiting Uganda for several years, the PCM-USA had been blown away by the joy and worship of the Ugandans.
They wanted people to experience it who may not ever have the chance to visit Uganda.
“They’re really here just to encourage people and to share the love of Jesus,” Hayes said.
PCM-USA began as a way to support PCM-Uganda in its creations of schools and churches.
In the past nine years, the Ugandan ministry has gone from having one school serving 200 students along with a few churches to five schools serving 2,000 students, and 85 churches.
They also have a medical clinic, house for abandoned babies, a radio station that reaches 5 million people and a chicken house to help provide for the children.
Tyler Area Welcome Party
Saturday, Sept. 30, 3-5 p.m.
South Springs Baptist Church, 17002 U.S. Highway 69 S., Tyler.
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy fellowship, games, snow cones, popcorn and concert from the choir.
Central Baptist Church
Oct. 1, 10:45 a.m.-noon
1343 E. Grande Blvd., Tyler.
The choir will sing, dance and share stories of hope at the 10:45 a.m. service at Central Baptist Church.
The Branch Community Church
Oct. 1, 6-8 p.m.
602 Lynch Drive, Bullard
Andy’s Frozen Custard
Oct. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.
6106 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler
The Brook Hill School
Oct. 3, 9:10-11 a.m.
1051 N. Houston St., Bullard
Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
2404 N. Grand Ave., Tyler
First Baptist Church Liberty City
Oct. 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
4714 FM 1252 W, Kilgore
Grace Community School
Oct. 6 at 10 a.m.-noon
Walk for Water
Oct. 7, 4-7 p.m.
Bergfeld Park to The Children’s Park and back
Come experience a task that Ugandans do at least once a day, walk for water. Proceeds and donations will support the purchase and implementation of water tanks, harvesting systems, and water purification at PCM’s five schools.
The walk will start at Bergfeld Park where individuals and families will take an empty jerry can and walk it to the Children’s Park to fill it in the stream. We will then return to Bergfeld Park and empty the can into a Community Life Straw to be filtered.
Green Acres Baptist Church
Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-noon
CrossWalk Conference Center, 1607 Troup Highway, Tyler
The PCM Uganda Choir will be singing, dancing, and sharing the good news of Jesus at Green Acres during the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. service.
College Hill Missionary Baptist Church
Oct. 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
1314 W Houston St., Tyler