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UGANDA: Orphan choir has a disturbing agenda

Youth from Uganda will visit Lakewood on March 28-30. Churches are hosting “Beautiful Africa,” a song-dance-video presentation by Watoto Child Care Ministries. They recently visited my community; I feel compelled to share what I’ve learned of ties to an agenda I find appalling, as well as concerns about the children themselves.

I’m concerned the children are being exploited by the performance schedule, up to 31 per month, for six months at a time, by kids as young as 5 to 7 years of age. The group uses children for relentless fund-raising, taking in $7 million annually from the U.S. alone.

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UGANDA: Voice concern about anti-gay policies

Last month an overflow crowd viewed “God Loves Uganda” at the Tacoma Grand Cinema.The film is about American missionaries who support the criminalization of homosexuality in Uganda.

After the viewing I led a discussion. Attendees wanted to know how they could express concern. The issues in the film came home Monday when President Yoweri Musevini of Uganda signed a law imposing harsh sentences, including life imprisonment, for homosexual acts, joining a list of nations where homosexuality is criminalized. In 10 of those nations, homosexuality can be punishable by death.

There is division within the Christian community in Tacoma on the

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