Love from February

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Happenings

– I have had a lot of meetings because our school is going through the process of accreditation with ACSI again.

-We had our elementary servant day. Our class collected things for some Guatemalan teachers who work at Christian schools.

-We had Valentine’s Day. I was greatly showered with many beautiful gifts. It was a very lovely day for everyone.

-We had crazy hat day at school, and I am still continuing with tutoring and a women’s bible study. I did cut back on some tutoring though…I am now only tutoring 3 days a week.

– I officially became a Canadian citizen.

Life in Guatemala

This month has been a short, but a very busy month. I have been stretched with many extra meetings and things to accomplish. I found myself a bit overwhelmed a few times, and I ended up having to cut back on some tutoring. It was a hard decision to make, but it has been very good so far for my sanity.

I also got to dwell on the topic of love this month. I had the opportunity to share during staff devotions about how God has expressed His love for me through personal encounters throughout my life: salvation, grace, mercy, forgiveness, comfort, peace, discipline, and blessing.

Looking back, I was able to see how God has been leading me along a certain path all along and drawing me to Himself. My love for God has grown deeply this month. I am really looking forward to what the future will hold.

But now, like Paul, I am convinced of this:
“Nothing can separate us from the Love of God.”

And I am confident that:

“in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Student Spotlight

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Eunsuk (left)
I am a mixture of sad and happy. I have learned a lot of math this year. Please pray for others.

Natalia (right)
I love sports and I think I am a good singer. I like that we have learned harder math. My favorite verse is the one that says, “the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8 Please pray for health and safety for my family.

Prayer Requests

– For good health
– For good time management
– Safe travels.
– For wisdom and discernment

Praises

– God continues to provide in all things.
– God has continued to provide safety and provision
– God is good all the time

Verse of the Month

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,”
Hebrews 10:24 NIV
Many blessings!
Amanda

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Blessings from January

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Happenings
– I traveled back to Guatemala for the second semester.
-We had a busy beginning with Reading Week. My classroom was transformed into a castle.
-I got flu-like symptoms for three days that kept me home.
-I was able to help with a teachers conference for 46 Child hope teachers. (Guatemalan teachers that teach in private Christian schools) I taught the session on lesson planning. I spoke mostly in English and had a translator. It was a stretching experience, but very worthwhile. I look foreword to helping at future conferences. A picture from the conference is below.

 

Life in Guatemala
This month has been a great stretching and growing month for me. God has been teaching me a lot and has been pulling me deeper. I remember a time in my life when I was ready to give up. I was tired of the pain and the lack of hope. But God saved me through his presence. He was patient and gave me purpose and hope. He is continuing to resurrect me from the ashes of my shortcomings and failures.

Despite my wounds and scars, God continues to use me in ways I would have never expected. He took a small, timid girl and transformed her into a teacher, a missionary, and, this past weekend, a speaker at a teachers conference. I am in awe with all God has done through my life and is continuing to do. My trust and confidence is in the Lord, and that has made all the difference in my life. I have found joy, love, and peace in Christ my savior.

I hope that all of you can experience this in your walk with Christ. God loves you so much and is a God of redemption. Your own adventure awaits. Don’t miss out on what God can do in and through you if you let Him.

Many blessings for this new year!

Student Spot-light

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Micah (left)
I am funny, fun, and nice. So far I have learned a lot in math and I like the verse in Genesis 1:1. Please pray for my back because it is often sore.

Caleb (right)
I love LEGOs and love to play on the iPad. My favorite bible story is Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. Please pray for my sister and my cousin John.

Prayer Requests
– For good health
– For good time management
– Safe travels.
– For wisdom and discernment

Praises
– God continues to provide in all things.
– God has continued to provide safety and provision
– God is good all the time

Verse of the Month
“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

Colossians 3:16 NIV

 

 

Thankful for God’s Goodness

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Happenings
– We had our field trip to the United Nations Park. It went really smoothly. The kids got to go on a scavenger hunt, go through an obstacle course, and go to a petting zoo.
-We had our Thanksgiving program and my class shared an acrostic poem of things they were thankful for. We then had a Thanksgiving lunch with all the kids and some of the parents.
-During our Thanksgiving break, I was able to go to Panajachel to spend some time with good friends
– I was also able to go on an encouraging woman’s retreat.

Life in Guatemala
This month has been filled with blessings. It started with a women’s retreat outside of the city. It was a very relaxing, encouraging, and uplifting event. A group from Texas came to share their stories and testimonies and to encourage our work as missionaries. I was very blessed through them.

The next big event was our field trip. We had a great time of learning and fun. I am so thankful for the parents who agreed to come as chaperones. It would not have worked as smoothly without them.

We then spent some time preparing for our Thanksgiving lunch and program. Each elementary class had a part in the program. My class shared an acrostic poem with the things they were thankful for. After the program we shared in a Thanksgiving lunch all together. This is one of my favorite events.

For Thanksgiving this year, I was able to travel to Lake Atitlan in Panajachel. I went with two other wonderful ladies and we were able to enjoy some rest and relaxation and some early Christmas Shopping.

Time has been going so fast. This month is almost over already and December and our Christmas celebrations are getting started. I have been very thankful for the goodness of the Lord.

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Student Spotlight

Da Hye (left)
I am a girl and have black hair. I have learned many bible verses this year. Please pray that I would have good days at school.

Aliyah (right)
I love to sing and play piano. I also like to do cartwheels. One of the verses I learned this year was John 8:32. “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Please pray for my brother Jordi so he does not have to drink a certain milk. Also that my grandpa would come back to our family.

Classroom News
One of our students had to go back to the States suddenly for a family emergency. Please pray for this student and her family.

Prayer Request
– For good health
– For good time management
– For the students and me as we continue the school year
– For wisdom and discernment
– For one of my students and her family. They had to make an emergency trip to the USA for a family emergency.

Praises
– God continues to provide in all things.
– God has continued to provide safety and provision
– God is good all the time.

Verse of the Month
“ I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

Psalm 27:13 NIV

 

Peace in October

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Happenings
– Class has been going well.
-I was able to teach chapel for the elementary students. Our topic this month was on peace.
-We had parent teacher conferences and the first quarter of school has ended.
-We celebrated Harvest Fair on Saturday
– I taught children’s church last week on using money wisely.
-We have had many students gone this month for ministry trips.

Life in Guatemala
This past month has been a crazy, stressful, and busy month for me. The monthly theme in elementary of peace was certainly fitting. Through all of the happenings and stressful moments, I was constantly reminded of the inner peace God provides us with.

This peace calms fears and anxieties. It is unexplainable at times, but it allows you to experience the calm in the middle of a storm. It is like a breath of fresh air or an afternoon nap in the middle of a tiring day. It is a sigh of relief and a stilling of the heart.

The world offers many ways to seek peace, relaxation, and rest. But this true peace, this peace I got to experience this month, can only come from God. It came through prayer; through handing over everything on my mind to God and trusting Him to work through it all. God did not disappoint.

So when you are busy, stressed, anxious, or fearful, remember who God is, trust Him, and hold onto the peace that he freely offers. And may you experience the peace that surpasses our understanding. May our hearts and minds be guarded by our Lord.

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Student Spotlight
Isaac (left)
I love LEGO’s, baseball, and karate. My favorite bible story is about Moses. I also like Numbers 16:1-50. Please pray for my dog because it got sick.

Henry (right)
I don’t want to be mean or selfish, but I think I’m nice. I love toys, my family, and I like video games. I have learned to be nice to others and I have learned a bunch of bible verses this year. Please pray for my grandparents to come soon, for a pet, and for my drawing skills to be better.

Classroom News
One of our students has left our class and is going to be placed in a Guatemalan school. Please pray for her transition.

We also had crazy hair day…

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Prayer Requests
– For good health
– For good time management
– For the students and me as we continue the school year
– For wisdom and discernment

Praises
– God continues to provide in all things.
– God has continued to provide safety and provision.
– God has healed a lot of sickness this past month.
Verse of the Month
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”      John 14:27 NIV

If would like to support my ministry in Guatemala financially please visit:
http://cten.org/missionary/amandaheisey

 

Stepping into September

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Happenings

  • Class has been going well.
  • I was able to climb the active volcano Pacaya at night and see the flow of lava. It was a really cool experience.
  • I am learning to play the ukulele.
  • I started going to our Women’s Bible study again. We are
    studying the book of Romans.
  • We had a great Welcome Back night and I got to meet many of
    the parents of my students this year.
  • We celebrated Independence Day for Guatemala on the 14th.
  • I have also started up tutoring again. I am currently tutoring
    every school day, except Wednesday’s.

Life in Guatemala

This past month has been a month of self control and patience. I have had a few challenges in the classroom already, but I think we are headed off to a good start now.

I was extremely blessed by some of the parents of my students this year. I was invited over to their house, along with other teachers that instruct their kids, and we were served a delicious meal and got to hear how God has been at work in their family and in their ministry. The kids served us our food, and it was very sweet to be so pampered by them. I was reminded of the importance we have in doing our work for the Lord, whatever it may be.

This past week we also got to celebrate Guatemala’s Independence. We had a great Independence celebration at our school and the kids all had a part in it.

Please continue to keep the country of Guatemala in your prayers…there is still a lot of corruption in the government and there is currently a lot of political unrest. There have been many recent demonstrations and protests in the city.

In other awesome news: Our bridge is back! About 3 years ago the bridge near us was damaged by a landslide. The bridge was closed and it made driving and traffic an even bigger nightmare. A 5 minute drive turned into 30+ minutes. It has finally been repaired and rebuilt. We are all praising God for this huge blessing.

Student Spotlight

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Ily (left)
I love my friends and chocolate. So far one thing I learned this year is how plants grow. I think it would be cool to take a video of a plant that we planted and share it with the class. Please pray for my grandma to feel better soon.
Alyssa (right)
I like to play with my cell phone. I like the color gray. I like tacos and I love my family. I have been learning a lot at church. I like when they show the Super Book clips. Please pray for my family.

Prayer Requests
– For good health
– For good time management
– For the students and me as we continue the school year
– For wisdom and discernment

Praises
– God continues to provide in all things. Our bridge is back!
– God has continued to provide safety and provision.
Verse of the Month
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,”
Hebrews 12:1 NIV

 

If would like to support my ministry in Guatemala financially please visit:
http://cten.org/missionary/amandaheisey

 

Update from Guatemala

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Happenings

  • Teacher in service went well and we were able to end our time with fellowship at a park and do some team building activities
  • We started school on August 15th and the first three days went well.
  • I am teaching 4th grade and have 14 students. We have had someone step in to teach 3rd grade for the first semester.
  • I have been able to meet new teachers and spend time with past teachers.
  • Rainy season is still in effect and it is really hot and rainy.

Life in Guatemala
This past month has been a month of changes. I transitioned back to Guatemala and have met many new people the past two weeks. The transition is going well and I am happy to
have a routine again. This summer I was able to complete my continuing education credits to keep my certification for the next 5 years, get re-certified for ACSI, and visit friends, family, and supporting churches. It was a good break and I am feeling refreshed and ready to go for this upcoming school year.

The class I have this year seems to be a really talkative, but fun class. We have had some great discussions and questions being asked the first three days already. I am excited to see where this year will take us.

I have been encouraged through many of you: financially, through your words, your testimonies, and your prayers. God has been working with me in how to deal better with conflict and confrontation. He has shown me that it is better to communicate than to harbor discontentment and grudges. God has been working at freeing my heart and showing me how to love others better.

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Student Spotlight
This year I have 14 students. There are 6 boys and 8 girls. They are from Guatemala, the USA, and Korea. There is one new student to the class. Everyone else has been at our school for at least a year. The new student has fit it and is adjusting well. It helps the she knew some of the kids in the class before coming.

As a class they are a very talkative bunch and love making connections with their experiences. Many of them seem to enjoy school for the most part. I think it’s going to be a great year.

On another note: I was able to get a new teacher’s chair. I don’t get to sit very often, but now I have something nice to sit on.

I went from four years of this:                                   To this wonderful upgrade:

Prayer Request

  • For good health
  • For good time management
  • For the students and me as we start the school year
  • For wisdom and discernment

Praises

  • God continues to provide in all things. I have been able to receive the support needed for this upcoming year.
  • I had a safe and uneventful trip back and am adjusting back to life in Guatemala well

Verse of the Month
“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.”
Psalm 145:3 NIV

 

A summer note…

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To all who might be interested,
I am searching for donations to help supply my classroom. Below is a link to my Amazon Wish List of the items that I am looking for.
Wish List
Link: http://a.co/2y99RNb
If you would like to help supply my classroom…to make my student’s learning experience even more awesome….here is your opportunity! I will be traveling back to Guatemala on July 31st and will need to take items with me in my luggage.
My address in the States is:
Amanda Heisey
33 Parkview Dr.
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Blessings,
Amanda Heisey
P.S. If you have trouble seeing the list and you want to help, let me know.