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These Are Their Stories

These Are Their Stories – Looking Back

These Are Their Stories – Looking Back

Throughout the course of this year, we at Freedom to Lead have been intermittently featuring segments called “These Are Their Stories.” We have been telling stories of men and women throughout Asia and Africa who have been impacted by God’s work in their lives and leadership through Freedom to Lead. We’ve heard about what Owen is doing with his people in Zimbabwe. We’ve heard Stephen’s story of coming out of persecution in Nigeria. It was Matthew’s story that inspired us with his humble tale of he and his wife using the few resources they had to respond to the AIDS crisis of Southern Africa. It was Elizabeth’s story that gave us a glimpse into the experience of women of Ethiopia. We then met our brother Chandra, a story you may have heard before, one that takes Freedom to Lead back to its beginning. Now ten years later, Chandra’s story is

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These Are Their Stories: Malick

These Are Their Stories: Malick

This post goes along with our series called “These Are Their Stories.” Throughout the course of this year, we at Freedom to Lead have been intermittently featuring segments called “These Are Their Stories.” We are telling stories of men and women throughout Asia and Africa who have been impacted by God’s work in their lives and leadership through Freedom to Lead. We only have two more entries for this particular blog series. In January we will start a new blog series. Today we will hear about Malick from Senegal, West Africa. A version of this post was originally shared in Freedom to Lead’s 2019 End-of-Year Giving Campaign. To learn more about this campaign, visit here. When Malick came to Freedom to Lead, he did not think he could be a pastor. Today he is thriving as he leads a congregation that impacts their community for Jesus Christ – thanks, in part,

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These Are Their Stories: Finding Purpose in the Midst of Loss

These Are Their Stories: Finding Purpose in the Midst of Loss

This post goes along with our series called “These Are Their Stories.” Throughout the course of this year, we at Freedom to Lead have been intermittently featuring segments called “These Are Their Stories.” We are telling stories of men and women throughout Asia and Africa who have been impacted by God’s work in their lives and leadership through Freedom to Lead. We have heard from Owen, Stephen, Matthewand Elizabeth.week Then, we heard the story of Chandra and Rick. This week we combine three stories into one.  Samuel’s Story When you first meet him you’re slightly intimidated as he towers over you in height. His square jaw is set and his eyes are piercing. You can’t help notice the scars on his arm, but you try not to stare. But then he offers you a firm handshake and his white teeth smile against the contrast of his dark complexion. He tells you

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These Are Their Stories – Chandra and Rick

These Are Their Stories – Chandra and Rick

  For those of you who have been in the Freedom to Lead family for some time are probably familiar with this story. It’s a good one to tell. It tells the story of Freedom to Lead’s beginnings through the experience of one person named Chandra. But have you ever wondered what happened next? Have you asked for “the rest of the story” ten years later? Chandra’s Story Born into a Hindu family in the state of Odisha in eastern India, Chandra had grown up without running water and electricity. Most of the people in his small village could not read or write. While training to become a Hindu priest, Chandra was miraculously converted to follow Jesus. He wanted to learn more about Jesus, so he left his village and attended a Bible college in New Delhi, many miles away from home. At the Bible college, Chandra immersed himself in

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These Are Their Stories – Elizabeth

These Are Their Stories – Elizabeth

Throughout the course of this year, we at Freedom to Lead will be intermittently featuring segments called “These Are Their Stories.” We will be telling stories of men and women throughout Asia and Africa who have been impacted by God’s work in their lives and leadership through Freedom to Lead. We have heard from Owen, Stephen, and Matthew. This week we hear the story of Elizabeth* from East Africa. *to protect their identities, these are not their real names For forty years she has been a leader in the church as an evangelist and church planter, and also as a minister among women and orphans. For forty years she has labored with various teams and has overseen numerous projects. She has seen a lot of changes in Ethiopia – both in the church and in the culture – since her beginnings. She has a lot of wisdom to share based

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These Are Their Stories – Matthew

These Are Their Stories – Matthew

Throughout the course of this year, we at Freedom to Lead will be intermittently featuring segments called “These Are Their Stories.” We will be telling stories of men and women throughout Asia and Africa who have been impacted by God’s work in their lives and leadership through Freedom to Lead. We have heard from Owen* and from Stephen*.  This week we hear the story of Matthew* from Southern Africa. *to protect their identities, these are not their real names Matthew’s Story Matthew* and his wife are simple people of Zimbabwe who lead a quiet life unto the Lord. When the AIDS epidemic swept throughout southern Africa in the late 80s, Matthew and his wife took in four children from their church home who had recently become orphans. Their heart for these children was due in large part to Matthew’s wife having grown up as an orphan herself. She knew firsthand what

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These Are Their Stories – Stephen

These Are Their Stories – Stephen

  Throughout the course of this year, we at Freedom to Lead will be intermittently featuring segments called “These Are Their Stories.” We will be telling stories of men and women throughout Asia and Africa who have been impacted by God’s work in their lives and leadership through Freedom to Lead. In our first edition we heard from “Owen” in Zimbabwe. This week we hear the story of “Stephen” from Nigeria. Stephen just started participating in Freedom to Lead’s The Garden Project. He is the husband of one, father of two. Stephen works as a church planter among his people in Nigeria. After spending a few hours that morning discussing Leadership for a Healthy Church through stories, images and music, Stephen leaned over the table to me and said with light in his eyes, “I have been craving for something like this! Something that I can take back to my

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These Are Their Stories – Owen

These Are Their Stories – Owen

Throughout the course of this year, we at Freedom to Lead will be intermittently featuring segments called “These Are Their Stories.” We will be telling stories of men and women throughout Asia and Africa who have been impacted by God’s work in their lives and leadership through Freedom to Lead. In this first edition of “These Are Their Stories” we hear from “Owen” (not his real name). Owen is a young leader in his late 30s who just started participating in Freedom to Lead’s The Garden Project. He and his wife have 4-year old twin girls. Owen works with the Church of the Nazarene among his people in Zimbabwe. He tells these stories in his own words. In November 2018 I had the opportunity to attend a training workshop on leadership which was conducted by the Freedom to Lead International® (FTL). The FTL team took us on a one-week intensive

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