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AFLA Newsletter: Reaching the Batwa People of Uganda



Update from AFLA President Barbra N. Mwansa:
"Afla continues to be excited about what God continues to do on the continent of Africa. Just like our mission, we have continued to present the trainings on the sanctity of human life to all nations, even in inhabited places. The sanctity of human life message brings light to all darkness, breaks the chains of the evil one and saves lives, even the unborn from abortion.

Afla, in partnership with Beautiful Feet International, has an opportunity to train the Batwa people of Uganda. From history, the Batwa people have their own creation story. According to the Batwa people, their creator gave some people height, others he gave them prosperous land, but to the Batwa there were no more such gifts to give out, so he gave them the rainforest. When they were evicted by the government in the 1990’s, they felt God had rejected them.
It is then the greatest opportunity for Afla and Beautiful Feet to visit and train with God’s love and message of life.
You all faithful and good friends of Afla have continued to stand with us as we continue to serve on the continent of Africa. Your prayers and support are always highly appreciated. We value your support and prayers so much; without your effort we would have not have 258 affiliates on the continent of Africa.
Thanks a lot for moving with us."



(Text and photo taken from AFLA newsletter)

Missionaries for Life Converge in Livingstone

As spring turned to summer, it was time for the annual Pan-African Conference, hosted by Association for Life of Africa (AFLA). This year's event was held in Livingstone, Zambia—a fitting place for trail-blazing missionaries to meet.

Heartbeat International was on site, standing alongside our brothers and sisters for life in every corner of the globe.

This year's conference, "Breaking New Grounds in the Kingdom of God," included missionaries for life from 12 countries and was keynoted by former Heartbeat International board member, Rev. John Tabor.

The represented countries were Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana, Ecuador, Brazil, and the U.S.

"It's an exciting time for AFLA as we continue to grow and adapt," AFLA President Barbra Nalavwe Mwanza said to open the five-day conference. "We must remain always adaptable, motivated, responsive, and client-focused."

Topics of focus for the conference included, "Where is the Church and the Theology of Life?", "Abortion in Africa," "Counseling Toolbox," "Healing the Wounds," "The Boardmanship," "How to Start a Centre," Natural Family Planning, Sexual Integrity, and Fundraising. But Africa, as Barbra pointed out to lead off the conference, could not hope to solve these problems without addressing the underlying life-and-death issue of the sanctity of human life.

Heartbeat International Director of Marketing and Communications Debora R. Myles brought her expertise to the conference, presenting a keynote entitled, "The ABCs of Marketing with Emphasis on Websites," and a workshop called "Fundraising Essentials."

In addition to Myles and Rev. Tabor, Lorraine Gariboldi, author and founding member of Heartbeat International affiliate Life Center of Long Island, spoke at the event, drawing from her leadership experience in a three-location setting.

Find out more about Heartbeat's International partners here.