What People are Saying

Speaking Testimonials

“Yvonne stands tall giving her testimony and bows on her knees in reverence to the Redeemer of her life. Her story teaches and touches the hearts and souls of her audiences. As a speaker, Christian-focused communicator, and teacher, Yvonne is a gift to the listeners and readers. She turns a talk into a meaningful event. This leader shines with the Light of the Lord when sharing her insights, encouragement, and hope. Her joy is contagious.”

Carolyn K. Knefely
Christian Communicators, Co-director
Go with Vision, Co-director
TeaCup Living, Founder

“Yvonne Ortega delivers a passionate message of deliverance and forgiveness. Her journey through divorce, breast cancer, and the death of a child have strengthened her faith and resolve in a way that will encourage and motivate you to stand up and shout for Christ.”

Sherry Boykin
Adjunct Faculty, Baptist Bible College and Seminary
Clarks Summit, PA

“As a survivor of breast cancer and domestic abuse, Licensed Counselor Yvonne Ortega understands the deep heartaches of life. But when she stands to speak,you see a beautiful spokesperson, not a broken victim. Her powerful messages of hope and healing are filled with the truths of God’s Word skillfully delivered with transparency, practical application, and a dash of humor.”

Vonda Skelton
Speaker & Author of Seeing Through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe
Founder, Christian Communicators Conference

“Yvonne Ortega is a lady of passion and commitment, who relates to her audiences at a deep and meaningful level. I was honored to share a speaking platform with her and hope to again in the future.”

Kathi Macias Author & Speaker

“Yvonne Ortega is an amazing example of God’s love. She never ceases to amaze me with her words of wisdom and encouragement. We have personally been blessed by having her speak at our women’s events and look forward to hearing her again at our upcoming retreat. When she speaks, it is as though the Holy Spirit is speaking through her. It is amazing to see her transform. It is truly of God’s doing and even she will testify, it is God and not Yvonne, she hopes that others see. There is no mistaking how God is using this woman. Her testimony alone would send many running the other way. Yet, she shows grace, honor, humility and joy in the midst of what she has endured. She boldly goes not leaving out even the darkest of places where most fear—our prisons.”

Katherine Pope
Women’s Ministry Coordinator
Seaford Baptist Church

“Yvonne is truly an inspiration to many. I have never met anyone who can speak like she can, sharing God’s grace and the love He has for us. There is no questioning what He was trying to tell us through her. That message came through loud and clear with the perfect blend of His leading and Yvonne’s delivery. She blends the seriousness and the purpose and even adds a dose of comic relief.”

Linda Taylor
Team Leader Kairos Prison Ministry #29

“What an awesome, powerful and inspiring message on how God takes our lives and makes them whole, and how very much He loves every one of us. The young women from My Sister’s House attending the meeting were very moved by the message as it gave them hope. They are interested in continuing to know more about God.”

Bonnie L. Alford, Chair
Rocky Mount, NC Christian Women’s Connection

“Thank you so much for your inspirational presentation on your experiences with cancer. The audience was clearly moved and found your information and insight extremely helpful. Raising awareness of the impact of cancer on people and how people can thrive as they strive to survive is a worthy cause. Your presentations will help so many people with cancer and those who work with them. I highly recommend your presentation to professional and community groups. It was the most inspirational presentation I have ever seen.”

Pamela T. Rambo, Ed. D
Rambo Research and Consulting LLC

Yvonne Ortega spoke to the After Five Women’s Connection on February 21, 2011 and showed the love of our Lord and Savior and His great provision in her testimony. She was so uplifting in how she explained how the Lord carried her through the trials of life and made her stronger in His love. She was funny, clear and inspiring. Her clear message of how each of us can have salvation was wonderful. I would recommend any group that wants the word spoken through a healed life to have Yvonne speak for them. We look forward to having her come again to our area.

Theresa Young, Chair
After Five Women’s Connection
Virginia Beach, VA

Tuvimos el gusto de tener a Yvonne Ortega en nuestro retiro de mujeres en las montañas de Idyllwild CA. Yvonne nos compartió su testimonio y la palabra en español. Más que nada, compartió de su corazón, y fuimos bendecidas por ello. Una mujer que apenas habia perdido su único hijo una semana anterior nos acompañó. Yvonne pudo ministrarla y de todas nosotras, sólo ella sabía que se sentía haber perdido su único hijo. Fue de mucha bendición tenerla con nosotras.

Eva Nuñez
Spanish Ministry
Olive Grove Church
Nuevo, CA

Yvonne, thank you for the great job you did speaking to our Women Of Value in Every Nation (WOVEN) luncheon this week. Not only is your story fascinating (truly a movie should be made of your life!) but you tell it in a way that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. I am honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to introduce you to the women of WOVEN. As you were able to weave your story and influence into our lives, we can in turn do the same for others. As our mission statement says, you are “fulfilling your destiny of greatness” and helping others do the same. Thanks again for speaking into our lives.

Renee Cobb
Founder of WOVEN (Women of Value in Every Nation)
Richmond, VA

Please accept this note of thanks and appreciation for your presentation this month to the Women’s Ministry of Zion Prospect Baptist Church in Yorktown, Virginia. Your topic of “Four Steps on the Road to Freedom” was well received and very timely considering all that we endeavor as godly women. You affirmed that we are women of value when we face our realities, acknowledge our boundaries, are involved with all stages of our growth and most importantly, embrace God’s power. Sharing your life story with us has inspired us to be vessels that God can use in any situation. You engaged every woman and young lady – absolutely wonderful presentation. We look forward to future opportunities to grow with you. Thank you ever so much for visiting our church and sharing the Good News through your outstanding presentation.

Mega Blessings
Rev. Dr. Sandra Sessoms-Penny
Zion Prospect Baptist Church
Women’s Ministry Leader


Writing Testimonials

It’s been a joy to watch Yvonne’s ministry of writing, speaking, and teaching grow through the past ten or so years. Her genuine faith in Jesus Christ is obvious and compelling. Her workshops at the Colorado and Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference are enthusiastically received.

Marlene Bagnull, Litt.D.
Director, Colorado Christian Writers Conference
Founder & Director, Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference

If the slogan, “Big surprises come in small packages,” was descriptive of a man-made product, how much more does this expression apply to Yvonne Ortega. In the realm of Christian testimony, writing, teaching and speaking we can also attribute to her the expression, “Little is much when God is in it!”

When I met Yvonne, about 2004, she was a cancer survivor with a God-driven call to comfort and guide those going through what she had experienced. She had a story to tell. She was a writer wannabe looking for direction. For about 18 months she drove from Yorktown to Richmond to attend monthly Richmond Christians Who Write group meetings plus many weekend conferences. As she progressed in her own writing, God laid a burden on her heart to teach others all she was learning. From this beginning, Yvonne has grown into a respected author and sought after conference speaker/teacher.

Rev. Thomas C. Lacy, Founder
Richmond Christians Who Write

Yvonne Ortega spoke about writing devotionals at the first writers meeting I attended. She taught clearly with how-to steps that made it not seem overwhelming to me as a new writer. She was encouraging and inspirational in what she shared. It was evident to all that she not only cared about writing, but about writers and their growth.

Since then I’ve heard Yvonne speak numerous times on writing related topics and each time she shares a plethora of knowledge and useful information to writers.

Rebekah Robb
Richmond Christians Who Write Co-Director

Yvonne is a gifted writer and speaker, addressing the heart needs of those whose lives she touches through the written and spoken word. She loves the Lord and is dedicated to spreading His Word through conferences, books, devotions, and witness. As a speaker she is organized, interesting, and extremely competent to address any group. I love to sit under her presentations and go home with much to think about and incorporate into my own life. Her words still echo with me. Her love for Christ has touched me and helped me in my quest to serve Him, and for that I am grateful for Yvonne.

Barbara Baranowski, Richmond Christians Who Write

Yvonne Ortega is a member and friend of the Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers, joining us for the first time more than a decade ago. Her joy, her devotion, and her enthusiasm make Yvonne a gifted workshop presenter at our annual conferences. Her excellent sessions involved scores of writers in crafting devotionals, in self-editing, and in preparing nonfiction book proposals. Her direct, hands-on approach leads to a rich understanding of the concepts of good writing, and her boundless enthusiasm for life in the face of affliction inspires us all.

Vicki Reynolds Schad, President Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers

Yvonne Ortega knows what writers need to polish their manuscripts and book proposals for publication. Her interactive workshops provide potential authors with the tools to help their work shine with professionalism. Yvonne’s expertise, gift of encouragement, and exuberance for life leave a lasting impression on those who learn from and know her. She is a sparkling gem!

Author Carla Olson Gade – Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers

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