Heartbeat International Conference to Help Pregnancy Centers

National   |   Virginia Cline   |   Mar 26, 2012   |   10:43AM   |   Washington, DC

“Let your light shine!” is the theme of the 41st Annual Heartbeat International Conference in Los Angeles March 27-29, 2012 and more than 700 are expected to attend. The international conference, with pro-life leaders from all over the United States and more than a dozen countries, is designed for ministry leaders, staff, board members, and volunteers of pregnancy help centers, life-honoring medical clinics, maternity homes and nonprofit adoption agencies, as well as medical, counseling, social work, education, and legal professionals.

The Heartbeat International conference, sponsored in part by Bethany Christian Services, Insurance One Agency, and abortion changes you TM, will feature nine dynamic keynote speakers including:

  • Psychologist, author, and family ministry founder Dr. James Dobson
  • Actor Kirk Cameron
  • Live Action founder and Life Prize winner Lila Rose
  • Catholic University of America Professor Dr. M. Sophia Aguirre
  • Actress Lauren Roman
  • Pastor Dr. Voddie Baucham
  • Singer Michele Pillar
  • Authors Bill and Pam Farrel

Kirk Cameron, whose new movie “Monumental” premieres Tuesday night, will open the 2012 Heartbeat International Conference with a keynote address on Tuesday afternoon.  Cameron, recently recognized for his inspirational role in “Fireproof,” has been a friend of the pregnancy help movement since giving his first Heartbeat keynote in 2001

Heartbeat will provide 84 educational workshops in 14 different tracks including a “Sexual Integrity” track developed to highlight sexual wholeness, healthy relationships, and good decision-making skills. Heartbeat’s workshop presenters for this track personalize the techniques and illuminate key areas of knowledge such as the reproductive system, the Biblical foundation for God’s plan for our sexuality, and healing the trauma of sexual abuse.

The conference will conclude Thursday evening with a presentation on Christian leadership by Dr. Dobson, host of the radio broadcast Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk and president of the new Family Talk ministry, along with his son Ryan Dobson. an awards ceremony honoring those who have provided significant contributions to the pregnancy help movement.

Heartbeat International is dedicated to equipping pregnancy help ministry leaders and through this unique training event is encouraging them to “Let your light shine!” These servant leaders reflect God’s light to a broken world by providing compassionate help. Like a thousand points of light, Heartbeat affiliates bring hope to a hurting world while renewing communities for life.

More than 60 exhibitors will share resources and encouragement with conference participants over the three-day event. From Abortion Recovery International and Alliance Defense Fund to Sonography Now and Surrendering the Secret — we thank these loyal exhibitors for supporting the pregnancy help movement.

Heartbeat International, founded in 1971, is the most expansive Christ-centered association in the world with more than 1,200 pregnancy help ministries in 50 countries. Heartbeat’s Option Line (800-712-HELP), a 24-hour contact center, is designed to connect each caller with a community-based pregnancy help center that can effectively provide local support and hope. Our compassionate consultants respond to nearly 20,000 contacts each month and are available to chat online in English or Spanish at www.OptionLine.org.

You can learn more about Heartbeat’s life-honoring compassionate network at HeartbeatInternational.org.

LifeNews Note:  Virginia Cline is the Director of Public Relations & Public Policy for Heartbeat International.