TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Its mission is to help change the world, one child at a time. World Help, a national humanitarian organization, is doing that through the children themselves. This week, a group of orphans who call themselves Children of the World are in East Texas sharing their stories of survival through song and dance.
They come from different countries, and have different stories to tell. Some lost their parents to Aids, or Civil War. Others have parents who just can't take care of them anymore, but the children have something in common. They love the Lord, and they now have hope.
"It's definitely not a happy thing to talk about, but at the same time that's their life, and they have accepted that, that's the way it is, and they know there are people that are sponsoring them, and they are being taken care of," said Children of the World Team Leader Jay Phillips. Through their hope, Phillips says these kids hope to help other children in need.
"You hear about the Aids epidemic in Africa all the time," said Phillips. "You hear about the LRA and all the horrible things that are going on over there, but when you meet a child that lives there, that's their life everyday, it gives the problem teeth." Jerry Calaway of Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Tyler is hosting two of the boys this week.
"We are keeping two in our home, and we were talking to him, and I said 'do you miss home', and he said 'yes, I miss home, and my school and the orphanage'." Phillips says the children are not asking for tears, rather to just simply listen to their story, and help change the world, one child at a time.
The Children of The World choir has been touring the United States since August. You have a chance to see them this Wednesday, April 8th at 7 p.m. at Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Tyler. The concert is open to the public and is free.