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 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 was founded and is directed by a former LXP student volunteer who, along with his wife and ministry team, is focused on raising up leaders from amongst vulnerable youth while reaching out to the villages and surrounding areas of Butha-Buthe.