14 November 2012

Liberia: Brian and Dorothy Kningtley Foundation Launches Today

The Brian and Dorothy Kningtley Foundation is expected today to observe the birth anniversary of the founding father of the Salvation Army in Liberia.

Rt. Col. Brian John Knightley is the longest and highest archive Officer Commander of the Liberia Command.

According to information gathered, during his time in Liberia he was very proactive in the development of human capacity and the construction of more training institutes in Liberia.

Len Millar, William Booth, Bill Norris, William Booth Clinic, Salvation Technical and Vocation Institute are amongst many of the institutions he helped to have developed.

Counting on his achievements in Liberia, a couple of young Liberians have established a foundation called Brian and Dorothy Kningtley Foundation in keeping with the Knightley's dream, admiration and vision in Liberia.

The Foundation is providing academic and spiritual guidance to young people in Liberia. The vision of the foundation is empowering Liberian youth spiritually and academically for better Liberia; this vision has been crafted on the dream of the Knighleys who believe that spiritual and academic empowerments of young people are necessary for the growth of institutions and the nation in general.

"Young Salvationist and people touched by the humility and spiritual work of the former head of Salvation Army in Liberia, Brian J. Knighley will launch the organization today", the foundation maintained.

The group in a release said following months of consultations with various stalkholders in the Liberian society, decided to honor Brian and Dorothy Knightley by establishing a foundation that will address some of the many challenges facing post war Liberia and help in fostering the dream of a better Liberia.

In a release, the organization chose November 14 for the former launching of the organization because the day marks the birth of Col. Knightley whose birth into this world lay the ground works for a brighter Liberia, a work he begun in October 1991.

The Brian and Dorothy Knightley Foundation said it will remain focus in achieving it vision and work towards the spiritual and academic advancement of young Liberians irrespective of cultural background or affiliation.

The vision, BDK-F said, remains steady and will not be moved by distraction from people who don't want to be appreciative with the level of work the Knightleys have provided to the Salvation Army in Liberia.

It however called on all Salvationists around Liberia to join the organization in celebrating the birth anniversary of Mr. Knighley by wearing the Army uniform from 8 am to 12 mid day and say a special prayer in support of the organization, leaving out every political and personal attachment and also show a sense of forgiveness for fellow soldiers.

The organization also called on the Liberia Command to declare the day as a working holiday for Salvationists around Liberia and encourage them to follow the good example of their former leader, Mr. Knightley on the main focus of the Salvation Army in Liberia, impacting into them the Article of War and making them to reflect of the popular saying of the church's founder, General William Booth: "I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost; Christianity without Christ; forgiveness without repentance; salvation without regeneration; politics without God; and Heaven without Hell."

"Let us use this foundation to share our experiences with the SA /Liberia Command and every Liberian and how the Knightley's work in Liberia impacts our spiritual, personal, and professional lives. It is only the would- be heroes that reference the good work of those who taught them how to fight", the group founder, Sam Pewu, was quoted as saying.

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