Orphans. Should we let them live, or let them die? This question was posed to Pendleton resident Robert W. Pearson during a trip through South Africa, when he was serving as Church of God Ministries CEO, the administrative hub of the Church of God, a fellowship of 2,300 congregations in North America and more than 7,000 worldwide.
This one simple, yet profound question changed the direction of Pearson’s life.
In 2001, Pearson launched Horizon International, a non-profit, Christian organization whose mission is to create a world of hope for HIV/AIDS orphans. Today, Horizon is the vessel thru which nearly 1,900 African orphans get their basic needs met. Independent Child Sponsors can choose the child they wish to support online, and with only $35 a month, a child’s basic needs are met.
The annual American awareness campaign is realized through the Kuyasa Kids Choir. This spring, the choir will be performing in Hamilton County churches, and those in neighboring counties and states. The Kuyasa Kids is Horizon International’s acclaimed choir and dance team from South Africa. The choir is comprised of 18 African youth; many who have been orphaned themselves. The primary purpose of their annual trip to America is to raise awareness of the plight of infants, children, and youth who have been orphaned, as a result of this dreadful disease.
“Kuyasa” is a Xhosa word that means “sun rising.” Through singing and dancing, the Kuyasa Kids e, hope is being generated for thousands of children and youth who have become orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
Kuyasa Kids 2012 Schedule
March 20 – 7 p.m. The Worship Center, 2200 Sheridan Rd., Noblesville
March 22 – 11 a.m. Freije Treatment Systems, 4020 North Awning Ct., Greenfield
March 24 – 5 p.m. Northview Church, 12900 Hazel Dell Pkwy., Carmel
March 25 – 9 and 11 a.m. Northview Church, 12900 Hazel Dell Pkwy., Carmel
March 25 – 6 p.m. Brookside Community Church, 1035 North Olney St., Indianapolis
March 29 – 6:30 p.m. White River Christian Church, 1685 North 10th St., Noblesville
April 1 – 9 and 10:45 a.m. White River Christian Church, 1685 North 10th St., Noblesville
April 8 – 9 and 11:15 a.m. Foursquare Gospel Church, 3200 S. 14th St., New Castle
April 8 – 6 p.m. Pendleton Christian Church, 1170 Old State Road 9 South, Pendleton