2017-05-17 / Front Page

Missionary to host free health fair, banquet

By Diana Royal


Dr. Gladys Moore Twyman pictured with Paul Aderlaagbe, the village king of Laagbe. He donated six acres of land in order to build the village school. Dr. Gladys Moore Twyman pictured with Paul Aderlaagbe, the village king of Laagbe. He donated six acres of land in order to build the village school. To celebrate her 70th birthday, Dr. Gladys Twyman wants to make sure the people of her hometown community are heart healthy. So she’s making her birthday party an all-day affair this Saturday, May 20, complete with a health fair and a barbeque.

“Burke County is part of the Stroke Belt,” Twyman says. “More people die in the belt than any other part of the nation. I want to help educate as much as I can.”

Educating is something Twyman, who is retired from Atlanta Public Schools, has been doing the majority of her life. She’s been coming back to Burke County as often as she can to educate locals on heart-related illness. She holds the health fair event in memory of her mother, brother and daughter, whose lives were all claimed due to heart issues.


Students at the village school represent a number of tribes include Markudi (Benue State), Yoruba (Oyo State), Togolese, Hausa and Igede (Benu State). Students at the village school represent a number of tribes include Markudi (Benue State), Yoruba (Oyo State), Togolese, Hausa and Igede (Benu State). “The underlying purpose of the birthday bash is to celebrate life,” Twyman says, adding that the two-part event, which is free to the public, is intended to improve community awareness and promote health and wellness in Burke County. “I, the celebrant, have more specific objectives which are to honor and appreciate God for my life and to provide opportunities for sharing and benefiting from life testimonies of the celebrant, outstanding Burke citizens and from special invited guests (outof state and international).”

Twyman just recently returned home from another mission trip to Nigeria, a place she’s visited and called a second home over the past 17 years. She helped establish two schools, one in the village and one in the city, and keeps them in operation.

She says that it’s been her relationship with God that has kept her going. In 1997, her house burned to the ground. “I was scared and didn’t know what to do, and God just told me not to be scared and to listen to him. And he wanted me to go to Nigeria.” With the leftover money from insurance, she bought books and desks and chairs and now has two schools full of loving children so thankful for the opportunity to learn.

Both schools also threw her birthday parties before she departed Africa, with attendants offering special dances and gifts and honoring Twyman as “an icon at 70.”

“I am nobody special,” she says, “but God has been with me since I started the mission, and the results are what you’ll witness this weekend. It will be a time of great fellowship, a time to renew and establish relationships.”

A Celebration of Life

Saturday, May 20
Health Fair: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Banquet and Barbeque: 6 p.m.
11097 Highway 305 , Keysville
RSVP: 706.554.3375 or 404.825.0550

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