Events will be undertaken in collaboration of our organisation (Christ the King Assemblies of God) with BOX-UP Crime and Barking Salvation Army to launch a charity called Joshua Foundation in memory of a 16-year old boy, Joshua Bwalya, recently stabbed to death in Barking.
We aim to project the Biblical Joshua who, as a young person, through dedication, discipline, respect, humility and vision, rose from being a servant to succeeding his master, Moses, as leader of his people and leading them to the Promised Land in a role that can best be described as “Servant-Leadership” – Leadership for the people. We will contextualise this in the work Parliament does and draw on the examples of the many Honourable members of Parliament who have similarly risen to position of leadership from very disadvantaged beginnings and are using that position in selfless service to their constituencies.
We are of the view that young people of today need more of such role models to inspire them to channel their energies into activities and roles that will eventually shape their aspiration and need for recognition and fulfilment into constructive and positive contribution and service to their communities and humanity as a whole.
We also aim at directly supporting and complementing the work of Parliament, Local Councils and other bodies that are directed at helping eliminate knife and gun related crimes among the youth in the UK and London in particular.
Our week-long of activities will include musical shows, cultural dances, boxing shows, awareness and motivational talks, exhibition on some of the work of Parliament and biographies of some members of Parliament and fund-raising in support of the development of a recreational complex to be located in East London.
Activities will take place in three locations: Barking Learning Centre, The Barking Salvation Army premises and Kingsley Hall in Dagenham.