Mwangaza Children's Choir to perform in Columbus Thursday

The Mwangaza Children's Choir from Africa will sing in Columbus Thursday and the Rev. Chuck Hasty, who has witnessed the group in concert before, describes their performance as breathtaking.

"The children are incredibly talented and just so full of life and joy. It really is inspiring," he said.

Hasty is pastor at First Presbyterian Church, 1100 First Avenue, where the choir will sing at 7 p.m.

Everyone is invited to the family event and there is no admission charge.

"We will ask for a love offering," Hasty said.

The choir is currently on a tour of the east coast of the U.S.A. and will be making stops in eight states.

The choir consists of 20 children ages 8-12. It is based in Gaba, Uganda and tours as a ministry outreach of Africa Renewal Ministries, sharing a message of hope and the gospel of Jesus Christ through original Ugandan song and dance.

Doing so, the choir hopes to raise awareness and funds for the churches, schools, orphanages, and medical clinics that have been established by African Renewal Ministries.

The choir was founded in 2004 by Peter Kasirivu, pastor of Gaba Community Church and CEO of African Renewal Ministries. This is the group's 10th international tour.

Hasty said members of the choir will stay in the homes of First Presbyterian members. They will do their devotionals at the church.

Hasty is excited about having the choir here. He hopes people will not miss the opportunity to see the performance.

"It is a real blessing for them to be in Columbus," Hasty said.