Transformation in Jesus
Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Tamrat Layne, spoke at Calvin College on September 30, 2009. Layne was one of the founding members of the former Ethiopian Peoples Demo cratic Movement (EPDM) [now the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM)]. As a leader in the organization, he was an active participant in the seventeen years of rebellion prior to their overthrow of the socialist military dictatorship in Ethiopia, whe n he became deputy prime minister. In 1996, he was arrested, charged, and convicted of corruption and abuse of power.
Layne served twelve years in prison in Ethiopia, and was recently released six years before completing his 18 year sentence. While incarcerated, Tamrat Layne became deeply religious, converting to Christianity in 2001. In an interview with Addis Fortune after his release on December 19, 2008, he said, "I am a man of God. I've no desire to engage in personal or party politics. I would like to preach faith, peace and love."
Layne, Tamrat, "Transformation in Jesus" (2009). Henry Institute Recordings. 25.