Prayer Update: Choir Visas

How many of you have seen the Ugandan Kids Choir perform in person? If you’re one of the lucky ones, you know what a blessing they are! But today we need your prayer support to be sure the choir can continue to bless others!

A group of kids in brightly-colored traditional African costumes run towards the camera, smiling happily.

The current choir wraps up their tour soon, and the next choir is eagerly waiting their turn to come to America. But there is a major hurdle we need to get over first: each child and Ugandan staff person needs a visa.

The choir travels in the U.S. on a performance visa. Over the years, that visa has sometimes been harder to procure than others. This year, though, it is proving especially difficult.

Our first application for this tour’s visas was denied. Now, we are working through the re-application process. And we could use your prayers!

As we get ready to reapply, we’ve been working with an immigration attorney to ensure our application is the best it can possibly be.

One major change he is suggesting for us is a stronger validation of the kids as cultural performers. So, our staff in Uganda is working with experts on traditional dance and music who can come to the training center and verify that the choir’s performance reflects Uganda’s unique culture.

A group of kids dances on stage in brightly colored costumes.

Another major change our attorney is suggesting is a longer list of verified performance dates. In the past, we’ve gotten visas approved with just a handful of performances booked. Now, we are trying to get as many as 50 performances on the books before we even apply! That is a huge number to schedule this far ahead of time. Please pray for that process, and if your church is interested in hosting the choir, please let us know!

All of this is taking time, effort and causing a considerable amount of stress. But we know God’s timing is perfect and He has a perfect plan for these kids and this tour. Pray that He would work out these details for us quickly, and allow us to find rest in the knowledge that He is in control.

Most importantly, pray for the kids who are waiting for their turn to tour! Pray that this uncertainty wouldn’t discourage or worry them, and that they would be filled with joy and energy even as they wait.

We can’t wait till the day we get to introduce each of them to you!

A group of five girls in matching uniforms stand with their arms around each other laughing and smiling.

The Ugandan Kids Choir travels all over the United States bringing a message of hope, and sharing the power of God’s love through traditional song and dance. To support them on their journey, find a performance near you!

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