Ugandan Thunder to tour county next week

Published 12:01 am Thursday, February 10, 2011

Students at Pleasant Home School pose for a photo with Ugandan Thunder last year, when the group performed. | Courtesy photo

Local residents will have multiple opportunities to learn about the children of Africa next week.

Ugandan Thunder, a group of 18 boys and girls, ages 8-11, from Uganda, East Africa, will appear at three local churches and three schools beginning Feb. 14.

Ugandan Thunder will perform favorite hymns, in both American and African styles, plus they will present music in their native Lugandan tongue.

Typically, the concerts are high energy and full of singing, dancing and African percussion.

Additionally, the children will share about growing up in a land that has been ravaged by a 21-year war, poverty, AIDS and malaria, and will show how faith in God has changed their hopeless lives into lives with great meaning and purpose.

Ugandan Thunder is sponsored by “Pennies for Posho,” a non-profit Christian organization that is committed to feeding hungry children in Africa.

Carolina Baptist Church Pastor Dr. Matt Brady said he is friends with “Pennies for Posho” founder Ted Moody, and it’s that friendship that brought Ugandan Thunder to Covington County last year.

“Ted Moody is the missionary who handles Ugandan Thunder,” Brady said. “He is a pastor who God just laid missionary work on his heart. He is trying to raise money to help African families. Fifteen million children die each year from hunger and Ted runs orphanages in seven or eight cities.

“When Ted called me a year and a half ago, and said he would be bringing the group to America,” Brady said. “He asked if I would like for them to come to Carolina, and I said, ‘yes.’”

Brady said Carolina Baptist Church has an Awana program, which is for children ages 2 to 6, and the Ugandan Thunder program is geared toward them.

“It gives them a cultural lesson,” he said. “It shows how big God is in the world we live in, and his love.”

Ugandan Thunder will be performing at the following churches:

• Harmony Baptist on Feb. 14, at 7 p.m.;

• Southside Baptist on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. ;

• Carolina Baptist on Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

The group will also be at Andalusia Middle School on Feb. 15, Andalusia Elementary School on Feb. 16 and Pleasant Home School on Feb. 17.

For more information, call Carolina Baptist Church at 222-1922.