Written by Katherine M. Trager Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00
On April 5, Westbury’s Divine Church of God offered the community an evening of entertainment and fellowship as well as an opportunity to make a difference.
This year, the church was honored to host the Kuyasa Kids Choir on their seventh tour of the United States. The Kuyasa Kids, a children’s ambassador choir from Africa, serve as representatives and living testimonies of Christian charity organization Horizon International.
Indiana-based Horizon International was founded 10 years ago by Robert Pearson, the former CEO of the worldwide Church of God Ministries. While ministering on a visit to South Africa, Pearson witnessed the plight of children left orphaned by parents with HIV/AIDS.
“No one could tell me what was going to happen to these precious children,” Pearson told a packed audience at the event. He decided that the future of his ministries would focus on remedying this tragic situation “one child at a time.”
Today, through the combined efforts of U.S. and regional relief workers, Horizon International provides these children with intervention and care. The children of the Kuyasa Kids choir, some of whom are orphans themselves, use their musical talents to raise awareness and sponsorships for the cause.
For the first half of the evening’s two-part concert, the Kuyasa Kids were accompanied by drummers as they performed a series of cultural musical numbers in Xhosa, their native language.
“Even though you may not understand their language, you will connect with them through their smiles, energy and passion,” said Pearson.
As the drummers hammered out a vigorous beat, the children chanted and sang while performing rapid dance steps, spins and jumps. Never missing a step or stopping to catch a breath, their confidence and joy were palpable. Audience members tapped their feet and clapped along, caught up in the children’s enthusiasm.
After a brief intermission, the children returned to the stage to perform gospel songs in both Xhosa and English, their voices brimming with heartfelt spirituality and emotion. For the last song, the children danced into the audience, leading audience members onstage to join them. This exciting finale prompted a standing ovation from the remaining audience, many of whom were inspired to make sponsor donations.
“We launched Horizon International because a growing group of people took on a mission of saving a generation of kids,” said Pearson.
“Today, we care for 1700 children in four African countries, and soon we’re entering the country of Kenya,” he continued. “The truth of the matter is, we believe we’re only just beginning.”
To learn more about making a donation or sponsoring a child at $35 per month, please visit www.horizoninternational-inc.com.