'I’ve visited a fair few development projects over the years, especially when I was at DfID, and I’ve never seen anything like this. This isn’t a project, it’s a movement – there are now 25,000 self-help groups in Ethiopia, and they’re multiplying like yeast. And it is absolutely, categorically, totally transformative.'
(Please note: there is a swear word near the beginning of the piece.)
Four years ago my brother was killed in Homs, my city. A lot of bad things happened. It was very beautiful, a place of peace and life, but just one minute changed everything. Now it has no life, no buildings or anything.
When I started spending time with my God, praying and reading the Bible and going to church, I felt everything change in my life. God touched my heart and gave me peace.
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