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Laurie Flietstra

(Heritage 2001, BRE-CSE)

 I graduated from Heritage in 2001 with a Bachelor of Religious Education in Christian School Education.  It was at Heritage that my love for teaching really emerged as well as my love for volleyball!  I must say one of my favourite memories was when the ladies team finally beat Redeemer to win the gold!  Unfortunately there has been little opportunity for me to play these past years.

Since graduation I taught in two schools in Canada before following God’s leading to teach on the mission field at the Greater Lisbon Christian Academy.  I initially went to Portugal as a short-termer for two years.  Although I returned to Canada with no intent on returning to Portugal, God had other plans.  It is with great peace and joy that I am once again back in Portugal, this time as a career missionary.  I teach the early elementary grades and art at GLCA.  The school is my main ministry although I am actively involved in a church plant.  There I teach ESL classes, Sunday School, and am involved in the ladies ministries.  I have studied Portuguese and will continue to learn daily as I practice and fumble my way through.  My first furlough is coming up this coming summer (2013).