Tyler Perry takes the stage with charity: water founder Scott Harrison at Catalyst

Tyler Perry sat down with friend and charity: water founder, Scott Harrison, recently at Catalyst, an Atlanta based annual church leadership conference. The 30-minute conversation was moderated by Tyler Reagin and covered everything from what the two admired in each other to lessons both have learned through moments of true adversity in their lives.

In the eleven years since Harrison founded the non-profit, charity: water has raised more than $300 million and funded over 28,000 water projects in 26 countries with the help from more than 1 million donors worldwide. When completed, the water projects will provide over 8.2 million people with clean, safe drinking water. It hasn’t always been easy. In fact, Harrison’s story didn’t start with charity and faith—he has been open about how his 10 years working in the New York nightclub scene left him morally bankrupt and without direction. He describes his journey of salvation and the reinvention of his life into one with the intent to help others in his new book Thirst, out this month.

The conversation was full of laughter as the two friends joked with each other and kept things light, but they also weaved inspirational messages about “trusting God and doing good.”

A full video of the conversation can be viewed here.

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