On How Religion Creates New Life-stories
The book will be essential assigned reading in university courses in development studies, anthropology, and missiology.
Chapter 7. Life Stories About Finding New Foundations
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LIFE STORIES ABOUT FINDING NEW FOUNDATIONS
I will now present some stories of unemployed youth in Antsirabe, who have taken part in courses at the diaconal center, and who have experienced that the support of the church center has helped them to find work that can provide their livelihood and has given them a new relationship to the Christian faith.
The life stories that I present here are based on qualitative interviews and conversations with three individuals in the city of Antsirabe, as examples of those who – as a result of unemployment and lack of resources – have found themselves in difficult situations.
The subjects of the study represent young people in the church’s diaconal activity, young people who have set up their own companies or young people who have become salaried workers. I have met people who wanted to talk about themselves, and of how their lives have been changed through a meeting with the diaconal center of the church.
I spoke to Justine in the diaconal center of the Lutheran church in Antsirabe, and she agreed to tell her story sitting in the classroom as she took a break from selling at the market.
← 121 | 122 → “My family has always been involved in buying and selling. My father died when I was young, and my mother has ever since then sold small cakes and bread, which she baked herself. She walked around in the...
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