In 2005, South Africa’s Uniting Christian Student Association (UCSA) partnered with Dream for Africa, an organization founded by Dr. Bruce Wilkinson. The purpose of the partnership was to launch a biblical, values-based, HIV/AIDS abstinence campaign called Beat the Drum (BtD). After the first nationwide BtD project in Swaziland, it became clear that the key to the success of BtD was in capable leaders who could run the program. However, there was a struggle to find strong and mature leadership among the local volunteers who were left to set up and carry out the project. And so, after much consultation and prayer, the first discipleship training for BtD project leaders was started in February 2006. This was called The Leadership Experience (LXP). LXP’s first enrollment included 19 young men and women representing four different Southern African countries and the USA. That first year was a great success, and the response was enormously positive everywhere the students went and served. This further confirmed the need and relevance of such leadership training—looking beyond the specific project of Beat the Drum with a vision to raise up a new generation of Godly leaders who would impact all sectors of African life.
In 2009, a daughter branch of LXP was birthed in Butha-Buthe, Lesotho. LXP Lesotho is directed by a former LXP student volunteer, with a specific focus on reaching and developing children and youth through compassionate projects and discipleship programs.
Today we have students from all over the world coming to do the LXP program every year.
The Beat the Drum outreach takes place about twice a year in different countries like; Zambia, Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland. and we have been hosting different events over the years. The Local ministries are growing and we have been able to work together with many volunteers and interns from different parts of the world.