Posted by: zdy1 | 21 December, 2009

The Big City

Over the last couple of months I have had to make the journey to Kampala three times. Seeing as I had managed to only make the trip twice in the previous nine months, this has felt pretty excessive. Those who know me well will know that cities are not my favourite destination and seeing as this one is a five hour drive away then that makes this one less appealing. The first time was for a dentist appointment (read “even more depressing!!”) and the second was for a big physio meeting. However this weekend we went up so that a group of us could go to a big Christmas show put on by a Watoto Church.

Some of you may have hear of Watoto Childrens Choir (a group of orphaned children who often travel to the UK to put on shows), so naturally I expected that this was going to be a childrens choir concert. In fact I got roped into doing a filmed interview before the show (it was amazing how quickly the rest of the group I was with slunk into the background!) and raved about how I was looking forward to seeing these children. However… the show was being done by an adult choir (some may have been grown up Watoto children), bit of a suprise (and felt slightly stupid about my interview!!) but was still fantastic. I particularly enjoyed the first half which fitted the description I had heard that alikened the show to a Broadway production. A 200+ strong African Choir which made a fantastic sound and at one point there was an entrance of a larger than life giraffe and zebra which reminded me of the start of the West End “The Lion King” production (fully recommended if you have never been to see it!).

One thing that really struck me was the nativity scene. Ok we don’t really know what sort of place Jesus was born in (we just know that there was a manger there and it wasn’t an inn!), but there was something very special about it being portrayed as a basic grassroofed place similar to many places I have seen here. It was a helpful reminder of God’s willingness to have his son born in such a basic place and what that can mean to people who contend with such basic surroundings on a day to day basis. This Christmas is certainly going to be different and very hard to be away from family but I am also looking forward to the new insights that celebrating Christmas so differently will give.


  1. Am glad you enjoyed the show.

    Thanks for taking the time to come along with your friends.

    God bless!

    Watoto Church Team

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