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  • Liz Ortiz

In motion

My phone lit up with a new message: “Can we throw a surprise birthday party for your roommate, Léonie, at your apartment?” I texted back a response, “Sure, that would be fun!” It was difficult keeping the secret from Léonie, but we were successful. She was surprised! It was a fun evening. We laughed, ate, and celebrated. I even taught and led a group game in French!

The apartment on campus and having a native French speaker as a roommate have been great blessings. Léonie has been a huge help with my French and an encouragement to my life. We often have biblical conversations in French and host game nights or meals at our apartment with the Bible school students.

French classes are going well. I feel progress being made in the language. Recently, the language school went on a field trip to a local museum and a restaurant. I went to the same museum last year and didn’t understand much of the French then. I had only been learning French for a few weeks at that time. It was new to me. This year was different with having studied language for over a year. It was encouraging to return and understand a lot more of the presentation in French!

I am thankful for my time at Parole de Vie and the friendships being made. Learning a new language as an adult is not easy. I am grateful to be able to do so in a Christian community. After much pray and seeking guidance, I have decided to extend my time in language school by one semester. This way I can complete the advanced level of French. Although I desire to get back to Togo as soon as possible, I know my French will be stronger by completing a higher level. During the summer, when class is not in session, I will be serving at the summer camp on campus! I am looking forward to this ministry opportunity and continuing to serve in Québec!

Thank you for coming alongside me on this journey. Your prayers, encouragement and support mean so much to me. I’m excited for God’s leading in my life and what He has in store.

God bless,


Prayer Requests:

· Pray for safe travels back to Québec on Monday, March 6th.

· Pray that I would not be anxious about French

· Pray for my dad, he is not doing very well. His latest MRI shows progression in his MS which leads to greater pain, loss of energy, and confusion.

· Pray for the missionary commissioning service that God would be honored.

· Pray for Léonie and me as we share an apartment

· Pray for patience and diligence as I study and learn the French language.

· Pray for an ASL interpreter for Togo – big opportunity for one!


· Praise God that several young people gave their lives to Christ during snow camp!

· Praise God for safe travels to Michigan.

· Praise God for time spent with family and friends during the mid-term break

· Praise God for the apartment!

· Praise God for progress in the language

· Praise God for the wonderful community here at Parole de Vie.

· Praise God for all my wonderful partners!

· Praise God that Jonas is doing well in school


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