"Several years ago, while traveling to a shop in northern Zimbabwe to buy cement, Douglas was held up by robbers. The men beat him severely, poured acid over his body and left him for dead. Some friends found him and took him to the hospital where he spent an entire year of his life. Douglas endured many operations...
"I am 27 years old and writing this letter to share my experiences and testify to the changes that took place in my life while confined in a prison.
"I was an immoral person doing unlawful things: robbing, stealing, burglarizing, abusing people sexually and verbally, fighting, and so on. I will just share my experience since the time of my imprisonment...
"I give thanks to God for your lives and for the Project Hannah program Women of Hope, which each day is offered over TWR. I am not always able to listen, but when I do I am strengthened...
The following is a testimony a man shared during a church meeting when TWR Belarus staff members visited his town in 2013.
"I have longed to meet you for a long time. What can I tell about myself? You are looking at a former alcoholic. I was lost in the darkness of physical and spiritual sin. I hated myself and nurtured suicidal thoughts. And that would have happened. I was like an animal; there was no hope for me. Yet God had mercy on me...
It is easy to cry every night when you are born in one of the least-developed villages in Central India. But couple that with rejection and abandonment, and you will likely understand what it is like to be truly lost. In a state such as Madhya Pradesh, nicknamed the "Heart of India" because of its geographical location as well as an overwhelming population of more than 75 million, it is hard to hear the cries of a little orphan girl. This is a story of one such girl.
"I was very young, but old enough to know my mother was never coming back. I waited and waited, clinging to scraps of hope that she might return. But hours stretched into days, days into weeks and weeks into months. The realization set in: My mother had abandoned me...