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Heart For France

        Raised in an American Air Force family, Judy developed a sense of adventure and interest in other cultures during her childhood as she traveled and lived in many of America’s great cities—Washington, DC area; Long Island, NY; San Francisco, CA; Anchorage, AK; and Tampa, FL.  At a young age she developed a love for the French language.  She studied French for five years during high school and college.  In adulthood, while raising her two children in Tampa, she encouraged them to learn the French language by placing French vocabulary stickers around their home and playing French cassettes.  She taught them about French artists and food and continued expanding her own understanding of the language and her friendships with French-Americans through membership with L’Alliance Française. 

        After her children were grown, Judy had the opportunity to travel to France as a birthday gift in 2006.  She visited Paris and Nice and sensed a special connection with the French people and way of life.  Upon returning stateside to Tulsa, OK, Judy initiated a small group meeting in her home, under the auspices of her church, Victory Christian Center, to pray for the people of France and their government, and to study their culture.  In the spring of 2007, she decided to return to Paris with a team of ministers, to help facilitate a one-week pastor’s seminar.  One year later, Judy received and accepted the calling to be a full-time missionary to France.  To prepare, she attended Victory World Missions Training School for nine months to add missionary certification to her degree in Business Management and her study of the French language.

        Judy has worked in both secular and ministerial organizations in administrative and creative capacities.  In France, she attended a language school for one year and is now serving with a new church-plant in the western suburbs of Paris called The Bridge Paris, leading the Alpha Course, which is a Bible-based program giving others the opportunity to explore the Meaning of Life.

        Judy has two children, Julie living in the Washington, DC area, and Sterling, his wife Robbi, and their newborn daughter Cailyn, who live in Houston, TX.  You can connect with Judy by email at judy@heartforfrance.com or by writing to the U.S. mailing address for Heart for France:  P. O. Box 594, Arlington, VA 22216-0594.