Pastor Rito Mande’s first connection with the Free Methodist Church came through missionary Cindi Angelo, who was on a mission trip to Guinea Bissau. Cindi recognized he was a devoted follower of Christ and encouraged him in his faith and studies. Rito traveled for training to Togo where he was put in touch with Free Methodist leader, Rev. Dosseh Takpale. After about two years Rito returned to his homeland. Some years later Pastor Rito and Dosseh reconnected and began talking seriously about Rito, along with the work he had started, joining the Free Methodist family. The connection with the Angelos was also revived. Rito’s work was adopted as Free Methodist in June 2015.