From the streets of Ghana to Buckingham Palace - this Doncaster pastor is making a huge difference to young adults
Singing, dancing, and acting are just some of the performing arts activities taught at a Doncaster community group which is helping to raise confidence levels and improve children’s lives.
Kingsley Avagah, aged 43, from Mexborough started the Paradigm Impact Network back in 2014.
He is the Pastor of Agape Life Chapel and came to live in the UK eight years ago - prior to this he lived in Holland and is originally from Ghana.
He said: “I had a rough time growing up, when I was eight years old I was living on the streets of Ghana.
“But I found God and started following Jesus.”
Kingsley was invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the queen for his role in community cohesion in Doncaster.
“About a hundred of us were invited there but only seven of us got to have one-to-one conversations with her - it’s an experience that I will never forget.”
The community group currently has 12 members but is always open to more.
Kinglsey said: “It’s all about empowering and changing the mindsets of young people.
“The group helps them build confidence and teaches them how to be good citizens and make positive contributions to society.
“Young people are the future and by investing in them we are improving the future.
“Every young person has potential in them but they must be willing to succeed.
“Helping people makes me happy and if I only inspire one or two people I have done my job.”
The community group also provides counselling for members who have struggled in life and need support.
“Many of the young people who come here have been in abusive relationships or have confidence issues,” he continued.
“But we get to see them mature and see their talents grow.”
The group is open to anyone who considers themself a young adult and Kingsley can be contacted on 07449318572 for more information.
They meet on Saturdays, between 4 - 6pm at the Agabe Life Chapel in the town centre.