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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, to the financial contributions of those whose hearts are turned to the unreached.

Malick is one of very few Christians from the Wolof tribe of six million in Senegal. For years he was involved in a small church. Others encouraged him to become a pastor, but he felt ill-equipped to lead. Then Malick heard about The Garden Project, our program of cultivating leaders. He knew he needed help, so he decided to attend the workshops. There he learned about Christ-centered leadership, mentoring, leading teams, and peacemaking. He was especially drawn to our teaching method that uses stories, images, and music.

Malick’s life changed dramatically.

Malick returned to his church and began applying the leadership lessons he learned. Through the four-year program, his confidence grew steadily until he became a pastor. Now he not only leads a growing congregation; he is also cultivating other leaders to reach the Wolof people with the gospel.

Malick is one of more than 5,000 leaders from forty countries in South Asia and Africa who are benefiting from Freedom to Lead’s program. Leaders like:

  • Ambrose, a Kenyan leader who waded for hours through waist-deep water in Sudan to share with others the leadership lessons he has learned.
  • Selma, an Ethiopian leader who traveled sixteen hours by bus to attend the workshops.
  • Abdellah, an Algerian pastor whose large church was recently bolted shut by government authorities.