This past week at our 2018 Heartbeat Annual Conference, 21 countries were represented! Attendees included pregnancy help leaders from the following countries: Armenia, Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, El Salvador, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa, St. Lucia, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, and Zambia.
The Conference included 65 workshops, 13 In-Depth Day trainings, 7 Keynote speakers, prayer and spiritual refreshment. On Monday night, our international guests had the opportunity to share about their organizations at our International Meet and Greet. On Tuesday night, the Conference opening dinner included the traditional Parade of Nations where each person was able to carry and represent their country's flag. Click here to watch the video footage from the Parade on our Facebook page. The Parade was an incredible glimpse at the wide expanse of the pregnancy help movement -- Heartbeat now has affiliates in over 60 countries!
We had the privilege to educate, encourage and empower World Changers at this year's Conference. Being able to connect with and hear from others from around the globe, our international attendees left rejuvenated and ready to get back to their life-saving work!
For our Spanish speaking friends, here is an article that Ana Lilian Munguía, Heartbeat El Salvador, wrote regarding the life issue in El Salvador.
Click here to read the article.
Click here to read the article on Pregnancy Help News.
Below is an update from CAPSS, one of Heartbeat International's Joint Affiliation Partners:
Click here to read the full article on Pregnancy Help News.
Click here to read an update from the Elpis Centre in the Caribbean!
Heartbeat International recently heard from our friends in Slovenia, and it is amazing to see what God has done in their ministry within the last year! As 2017 comes to a close, here’s an update from Zavod Biser (Institute Pearl):
"Zavod Biser (Institute Pearl) is a new organization founded in February this year. Our ministry is counseling women in need in cases of unexpected and unwanted pregnancy, based on the concept of an excellent German organization from Munich, Profemina. We adopted their approach and customized it to our Slovenian reality. We have our seat in Maribor, the second largest town in Slovenia.
A lot of things have happened in our Institute Biser/Pearl this year. We opened our website at the end of May: http://www.zenskaodlocitev.si/ . This is the first website with a wide breadth of information for pregnant women in need in Slovenia. During the summer, we contacted many hospitals throughout the country to allow us to deliver our materials. Reactions were mainly positive, which seems to us as a very positive sign. In September, we organized our office in the center of Maribor and started with advertising on Google.
In the middle of October, the first pregnant woman contacted us. Since then, we have counseled 32 women by phone, online or by personal contact. Two pregnant women chose life, and we are looking forward to the birth of their children in June 2018!
At the same time, we are working on fundraising. Just before Christmas, we will open our fundraising website, Slovenija 1000plus, following the model of Kristijan Aufiero’s 1000plus.
It is unbelievable that so many women in Slovenia live under such pressure because of unexpected pregnancy. We have incredibly liberal abortion legislation, contraception is free of charge, and gynecologists are free of charge. First feedbacks are encouraging in the way that we have a lot to do. We see many challenges for the coming year.”
While there will always be challenges ahead, Heartbeat International is overwhelmed with joy when we hear that our international friends of the movement are thriving and growing, and we give thanks to God for His many good gifts. As we close out this year, we are excited to see what He has in store for 2018!
Click here to read Choose Life Serbia's December 2017 Newsletter.
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