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LittWorld 2009

LittWorld 2009

by Andrew Steele -
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The countdown begins to MAI's first LittWorld in Africa, just one year from now.

Mark your calendars now forthis unique international Christian publishing
conference. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this newsletter and
subsequent ones to your colleagues. And let us know if we should add anyone to our mailing list. See you in Nairobi!

-The MAI team

LittWorld Travels to Africa

LittWorld will make its first African debut, November 1-6, 2009, in Nairobi,
Kenya. MAI's international publishing conference trains and encourages men and women in Christian publishing around the world through discussions, seminars and one-on-one consultations.LittWorld offers opportunities to network, strategize and hone writing and publishing skills. Sincethe conference began in 1986, publishers, editors and authors from 94 countries have participated. In 2009, MAI anticipates 180 participants from 40 different countries.

Read more details, checkpricing and register online.

Download a brochure pdf.

Why Kenya?

The Church in Africa increases annually by an estimated 2.4 percent, faster than anywhere else in the world. Yet, many African believers lack Christian literature written by Africans. As the number of new Christians in Africa expands, so does the need for locally authored Christian literature that can
nurture the growing Church and equip it to reach society with relevant messages of peace, hope and truth. MAI decided to hold LittWorld 2009 in Kenya as part of a vision to increase access to Christian publishing in Africa.

Many humanitarian issues still plague Africa: one third of African countries
are entangled in civil wars or trapped in cycles of civil unrest. A staggering 60 percent of worldwide AIDS victims are African. Despite these troubles, Africa's economy is developing, giving it a viable chance at breaking the cycle of poverty, provided strong political and religious figures lead wisely.

"LittWorld Africa is, to the best of my heart's desire, ripe, says Lawrence Darmani, MAIs regional trainer for Africa. It was just a matter of God's timing before participants would troop into Africa to get the feel of our continent.

LittWorld 2009's local coordinator, Kenyan journalist Mary Kiio, is already busy
preparing. Starting in January, Mary will work eight hours per week, helping
MAI's international office with local preparations and logistics for the November 1-6, 2009, conference. Learn more about Mary in our next LittWorld e-newsletter in January.