TYLER (KYTX) - Children from the Uganda Parental Care Ministries Choir was in Tyler Tuesday for a to begin a month long singing tour. The PCM choir is made up of children in Uganda who have been abandoned. Through the ministry the children are sponsored. Through that, they are fed, clothed, and educated.
In June 2013 CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey spoke to a 3-year-old Tyler girl was able to raise $1,200 selling lemonade to send new beds to the children. Nearly a year later Madelyn Billberry was able to see the faces of many of the children she helped.
It's always nice to take a look back at positive stories... You may remember a story we did back in June about a 3 year old girl who set up a lemonade stand to raise money.
Besides running through trees and playing with friends, 4-year old Madelyn Billberry has one major thing on her mind, and It's hanging out with kids and representatives from the Uganda parental care ministries choir.
"They usually just pick me up and give me a hug," Billberry said.
After 45 hours of traveling from Uganda to Tyler, there was a scene of never-ending smiles and hugs, as kids and sponsors met face to face.
For "Bowny", when he first linked up with PCM in 2005, he was found selling $0.10 pancakes, living on the streets. He was one of the 1,800 abandoned Uganda children sponsored under the PCM.
"They groomed me. Then I a was still young, abandoned, having no where to go, but Parental Care Ministries brought me up and gave me a job," he said.
For this choir, life before PCM was grim.
"We saw a world that is much more different than our own," said PCM Exec. director Mark Barret. He said despite the struggle all of the choir members have faced, positivity remains.
"We could see there was still joy, joy for the simple things," Barret said.
It's the joy that fuels the voices. Through song, they hope to touch and encourage others going through hard times.
As for Billberry, she may not understand how much she's helping, but she understands helping can mean a lot.