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The Children of the World International Children’s Choir, sponsored by World Help, travel around the United States promoting child sponsorship. Above, the children stand with Dusty and Ashley Foster. | Austin Nelson
The Children of the World International Children’s Choir, sponsored by World Help, travel around the United States promoting child sponsorship. Above, the children stand with Dusty and Ashley Foster. | Austin Nelson

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International children’s choir comes to The Arbor

Published 8:42pm Friday, January 10, 2014

First United Methodist Church will be hosting the Children of the World International Children’s Choir this Sunday.
The 14 children, who hail from the Philippines, Nepal and Uganda, will be dancing and singing inside the Arbor starting at 9 a.m.

“This is the second time we have hosted this tour,” said Tammy Wendling, director of children’s ministry for FUMC. “We decided to do it on a Sunday morning because it fit in with their schedule.”

The children are staying in seven different host homes until after the performance. Wendling said there is no charge for the event, though a love offering will be collected.

Husband and wife Dusty and Ashley Foster travel with the children’s choir, which is sponsored by World Help.

“We travel all over the United States for 10 months and work in about 22-23 countries with child sponsorships,” Dusty said. “We sing in churches and schools to help raise awareness for child sponsorships. $35 a month covers things like food, education, medicine and biblical studies for the children.”

Dusty said they also have another focus this year – Operation Baby Rescue.

“We are helping to produce funds to Hope of Life in Guatemala for them to go in the mountains and bring down children who are sick, malnourished and dying so they can be brought back to health. It also provides us opportunities to get back into those communities to help bring fresh water sources and the gospel into the communities.”

Dusty said the group would be selling merchandise and CDs Sunday, as well as taking a love offering.

“The love offering on Sunday morning will all go to Operation Baby Rescue,” Dusty said.

Dusty added that 87 percent of all funds donated go directly to helping the children.

To find out more about the Children of the World International Children’s Choir, visit http://worldhelp.net/children-of-the-world.

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