'Transformation Tour' coming to metro area

The words "Polish" and "Gospel" don't seem to belong in the same sentence. That's because Christian Gospel music has only come on the scene in this eastern European country of about 123,000 people within the last decade.

Gospel Joy is changing that, and the 50-member choir is bringing its passion for singing Gospel music right here to metro Atlanta. This exuberant group of talented Christian young people, ages 19 to 35, is touring the area with the help of Perimeter Church in Duluth and The Mission Minded Artist, a ministry of that same church. The tour is called, appropriately, the "Transformation Tour."

Perimeter Church's Allan Wiltshire, co-founder of The Mission Minded Artist, is thrilled about the 12-day tour.

"You heard me. A gospel choir from Poland," Wiltshire said. "This is unbelievable, and we're so excited to be a part of it."

Since 2001, Gospel Joy has been singing throughout western Poland, bringing a message of Christian joy and hope to audiences in a variety of venues, including civic events, concerts and workshops. The group's first recorded CD, entitled "ToOn," includes original songs in Polish and a live concert DVD. The video recording is the first Christian music DVD of its kind in Poland.

The young, groundbreaking choir has been mentored by both U.S. and Canadian churches, who have shared their singing and technical talents with the group while watching the choir grow into a powerful influence in Poland.

For more information about Gospel Joy and Perimeter Church, visit www.www.perimeterchurch.org, or call 678-405-2000. To learn more about The Mission Minded Artist, visit www.missionmindedartist.com.

Some of Gospel Joy's audio and video recordings, such as "Lift the Savior Up," can be viewed on YouTube.

Perimeter Church is located at 9500 Medlock Bridge Road in Duluth.

SideBar: If You Go

"Transformation Tour" Schedule:

· 2 p.m. today, North Decatur United Methodist Church in Decatur

· 10:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church in Atlanta

· 2 p.m. Monday, Lindley Middle School in Mableton

· 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mount Paran Church of God in Atlanta

· 6 p.m. Feb. 14 and 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Feb. 15, Perimeter Church in Duluth