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.
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May Mischief

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Happenings

– We are on our last week of school!

-We have had many great school events the past few weeks, one of them being Sports and Splash Day.

-We have had many baptisms at church lately and have been able to build a house and provide beds for a family in need.

-Rainy season has started and it is really hot and rainy.

-I will be coming back to visit PA on June 3rd.

-I am looking forward to the break if summer!

Life in Guatemala

The past few months have been really life changing. I was able to witness the baptism of one of my students and many others. Our church has been able to build a house for a needy family and provide beds for them to sleep in. I also personally have been going through some changes for the better. For a little while I was questioning my purpose and direction. God has re-affirmed me in what I am doing and has been very gracious to send friends at the right time to help me work through things and to hold me accountable. I have been stretched in my patience and in my giving.
It is coming time again for more changes. Some teachers are leaving back to the States, and some students. Changes are hard for me, and saying goodbye is even harder. Unfortunately it has become a constant thing in my life. I have had to learn that people leaving, does not mean that they don’t care or that they are “leaving me.” I myself have left many. It does not mean a lack of love or care…just that we are being called to a different location. God has been teaching me that although I feel “left”or alone…that He is there and that He is enough. I’m still learning, but I have experienced a peace beyond understanding and there has been healing for the hurt feeling inside. Two things I know for sure: God loves and God provides.
My hope and prayer is that you all would get to continue experiencing God in deeper and fuller ways. He is enough. He loves, and He provides.
I will be coming back to the USA on June 3rd and I will be around until the end of July. I would love to catch up with you all and hear how God has been working in your life. I am also looking for people who would like to join what I am doing by supporting me financially each month. If you are already supporting me financially and would like to continue, please let me know.

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

Prayer Request

– For good health

– For good time management

– For Nicaragua

– For a productive summer “break”.

Praises

– God continues to provide in all things God was able to provide school supplies for 100 kids through us!

– The students have been doing great behaviorally

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

Student Spotlight

Zuel:  Am very caring and a daughter of God. This year I learned that God is omnipresent and that even though I am alone, God is with me. Please pray for good health, a holy life, and God’s presence.

Elim: I love chocolate. One thing I learned this year is that Ms.Heisey is the best. She is so kind and helpful. Please pray that I would have a kind and patient heart, that I would be kind, and not lonely.

Abi: I have curly hair and I love God. I enjoy math and science. I think Ms. Heisey is the most funny teacher in the world. Please pray for our maid, because her mother died this past year.

Caleb: I am funny, fast, and smart. My favorite verse is Psalm 147:5. I got baptized this year. Please pray for good health.

Sam: I have black hair and I am Korean. I like sports. My favorite thing about the Bible is that it tells us that God will love us forever and ever. Please pray that I would read the Bible more and continue to seek God.

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February 2018 News

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Happenings

– We are finishing up the third quarter of school on Friday. Time has gone by so fast!

-We had a student teacher with us, Noah Graham of Geneva College, PA. It was great being able to teach with him.

– I was able to go to Pachimulin and minister to 300 kids there. We were able to provide 100 kids with school supplies and tuition for this school year! A huge answer to prayer!

-There was a tragic multi-car accident that claimed many lives this week. It was a bit traumatic and close to home.

Life in Guatemala

Wow! The things that have happened this month have blown my mind. There have been some extremely good things and some terrible things. The good things include going to Pachimulin and being able to be a part of providing school supplies to the kids there, having a student teacher, traveling around Guatemala, and teaching and mentoring kids.

Through all of these experiences God has been showing me that he can accomplish many things through little, ordinary, me if I am willing and actively seeking opportunities to join God in the work he is doing. I have had to live with my trust fully in Him the past few days and have had to surrender my wishes. At times this month I had to just stand and watch, be patient, and wait (all of which I did not find easy to do).

God wants to do great things through you too. And He already is. I would encourage you to spend some time with God and ask Him to show you where He is at work around you. Then join in! You will start to experience God in ways you have not before. This has been my experience this month.

So…the bad thing that happened was actually this past week. There was a tractor trailer who lost control of its breaks and hit 24 other cars on one of the main highways. Seventeen people did not make it through the accident alive. I cannot imagine the trauma that the people went through who were involved. I only saw pictures and it was very heart wrenching. This crash occurred right past the church I am attending, on a road that I travel every week. On one hand, I am extremely thankful that I was spared such an ordeal as well as many others I know. On the other hand, I was extremely saddened by this and my heart goes out to those who were affected. My prayer is that God would work through this tragedy in some way. Please join me in prayer for these people. They are going to need God to get through this.

Prayer Request

– For good health

– For good time management

– For wisdom in teaching

– For the kids in Pachimulin

– For the families who lost loved ones this week.

Praises

– God continues to provide in all things

-God was able to provide school supplies for 100 kids through us!

– The students have been doing great behaviorally

– God is in control

Student Spotlight

KayLee: I like to play and eat chocolate. I also like animals. My favorite verse from the Bible is the verse that says “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord then you will be saved.” Please pray that I will not get sick this school year.
Allison: I am a happy person and I like to play. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 37:1 “do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong.” Please pray for a friend of mine who does not believe in God.

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

January News 2018

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Happenings

– We are into our second week of the 3rd quarter and things are going well with all students so far.

– Upon my return I had a stomach virus. It was an unpleasant12 hours, but all is well.

– I was able to do some traveling to Antigua with the second grade teacher and her parents who were visiting.

– I started teaching children’s Sunday school once a month at church.

– We have a student teacher with us until the beginning of March

Life in Guatemala

Life in Guatemala before Christmas was a crazy season. I was able to go and help bring Christmas to about 300 kids and help share about the birth of our Savior in their public school. It was a really great experience and seeing the joy on their faces was a great Christmas gift.

I was able to spend the holidays back in PA and visit family in Canada. I had a great time visiting friends and family. It was a rejuvenating time and was very refreshing.

Upon my return to Guatemala, I was able to travel around a little with the second grade teacher and her parents who were visiting.

Then, school began again last Monday. We have had a good first week back and the students have been excited to have a new student teacher with us. I am excited too, because it will give me some time to work on the required continuing education classes.

This Friday is Daddy Picnic Day, where dad’s come to eat lunch with their kids. The kids seem to really enjoy this time. We also have reading week coming up next week and our theme is traveling the world. My classroom is the one traveling to Norway.

My car situation is good. We were able to get things repaired and I have been given the green light.

We also have been having warm water in our apartment, which has been a huge blessing because the temperatures have not been really high the past few weeks. They are still working on our water leak/wall damage issue, but that has not really affected our daily living.

We did have another scorpion in our apartment…a big one….in my bedroom…before going to bed. I had a nice long conversation with God about that one.

Despite that, I am looking forward to this new year and am excited for all God has planned. I can’t wait to be a part of it!

Student Spotlight

Sarah: I like art and I am a bit crazy. One thing that I have learned about God recently is that God s omnipresent which means He is with us all the time. Please pray that I would do well in school and in gymnastics.
Mikayla: I like to roller skate and I do not enjoy doing chores. My favorite bible story that I like to share with others is Jesus dying on the cross for us. Please pray that I would have a peaceful friendship with one of my friends.

Prayer Requests

– For good health

– For good time management

– For wisdom in teaching

Praises

– God continues to provide in all things

– Christmas break was great and rejuvenating.

– The students have been doing great behaviorally
Verse of the Month

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” Psalm 28:7 NIV

 

If you would like to support my ministry in Guatemala financially please visit amanda.heisey@cten.org

September 2017

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Happenings:

  • We have had 5 weeks of school so far and things are going well.
  • We have had a large earthquake and a few landslides this month
  • I have started going to a new church that is in English called Access Church. They have a young adults group that I have been able to get connected with. A lot of the people from my previous church attend here.
  • Our women’s bible study started up again and we are studying 1 Samuel and are following a book called “ After God’s Heart” by Myrna Alexander.
  • We celebrated Independence Day on the 15th.

Life In Guatemala

This past month has been a mixture of many emotions. I have been really happy getting back into the routine of teaching again. I have been sad, missing the people that are on furlough or have gone back to the United States. I have been a bit homesick, missing friends and family in PA. I have been grateful for the many new staff members to get to know. I have enjoyed the company of my current roommates. I have been confused as I got momentarily lost trying to find Walmart. I have been frightened and shaken as we experienced a large 1:36 minute long earthquake. I have been stretched and challenged to focus more of my time strengthening my relationship with God. I have been proud of my students as they performed for our Independence Day celebration. I have been thankful for a nice place to stay. And I have been relieved to hear that the landslides did not do too much damage.

Classroom Spotlight:

We have had 5 weeks of school already and things are well. I have a great group of kids this year. I currently have 12 students, but one is moving up to 5th grade and one will be starting at our school 2nd quarter.

We were able to celebrate Independence Day at CAG and we had some men from the Guatemalan national military come to our school to raise the flag. Afterward, we had another school band perform and our students performed traditional dances, poems, or songs with the school. Then we celebrated together by eating traditional Guatemalan food for lunch and listening to a marimba band.

Prayer Requests: Please pray for the students and their families as school continues to pick up pace.

Prayer requests

  • Wisdom for making decisions
  • For good health.
  • That I may be a blessing to others and spread God’s love to those around me.
  • For one of my students who is moving up to 5th grade, that the transition would go well.
  • That I would use my time wisely

Praises

  • God has protected us during the earthquake.
  • God constantly provides

Verse of the Month

“Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.”

Psalm 40:5 NIV
Thank you all, for your prayers and consistent support! If you would like to support me financially, donations can be made at: http://www.cten.org/amandaheisey/

June/July- Back to Guatemala

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“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 NIV

Happenings

June and July:

– I was able to spend time with my family and got to see everyone. It has been 2 years since we have all been in one place.

– My family and I went sailing, kayaking, and mini-golfing

– I was able to visit and share at Nashaminy Valley Baptist Church and with Cross Roads BIC

-I was able to make a trip to Canada and visit family there

-I was able to go on the junior high missions trip to Pittsburgh and help out with Camp Courageous

-I was also able to work on some Continuing Education Credits

Prayer requests

– Wisdom for making decisions

– Safety in traveling

– For good health.

– That I may be a blessing to others and spread God’s love to those around me.

– For my students and myself as we start the new school year
Praises

– This summer went well

– God constantly provide

Classroom Spotlight

Staff orientation is starting tomorrow (August 2nd). Classes will then begging in a week on August 9th. There have been many changes to the staff and I am looking forward to meeting the people new to our community.

Prayer Requests: Please pray for the students and their families as school starts up again

Life In The USA

The past two months have gone by fast! This summer was a good mixture of relaxation and work. I had a fantastic time connecting with friends and family. It was good to catch up with people and connect once again. I also really enjoyed helping out with the Collide missions trip and with Camp Courageous. I really enjoyed serving alongside the community and learning about all of the new ministries people are involved with. It has been encouraging to see how things have been growing. I am currently on the airplane headed back to Guatemala for another year of teaching. I am looking forward to meeting new staff members and getting to know new students. I cannot wait to get there! Tomorrow begins our staff orientation and in a week, school starts again. Things seem to be moving very quickly this year. Please pray that the beginning of this school year would go well and that my heart and mind would be prepared for the upcoming year.
Thank you all, for your prayers and consistent support! If you would like to support me financially, donations can be made at: http://www.cten.org/amandaheisey/

 

April and May 2017

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Happenings in April, and May:

  • We have had a crazy end of the year!
  • -For Easter Week I was able to go to the Lake (Panajachel) with some friends
  • Our school had their talent show, goodbye chapel, awards ceremony, and Splash Day
  • We have our Last Day if School on Friday!
  • I am in the process of moving to the dorm housing built at school. I was able to successfully sell my furniture to a missionary family moving to Guatemala
  • I will be traveling to PA on June 3rd

Prayer requests and Praises

  • Wisdom for making decisions
  • Safety in traveling
  • For good health.
  • That I may be a blessing to others and spread God’s love to those around me.
  • For my roommate, Julia, who is searching for housing, transportation, and a job.
  • God has provided in times of need.
  • We all have survived another school year

Verse of the Month

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 NIV

Classroom Spotlight

Prayer Requests: Please pray for the students and their families over the summer months as many of them will be traveling, raising support, or continuing to work in ministry.

Life In Guatemala

These past two months have been really busy and they have gone by so fast! It is getting to the part of the year where many families are going on furlough. It is always a difficult transition for everyone. It has been hard to say goodbye to some of the families I have grown close with. I know they will only be gone a year or some only 6 months, but the change has always been difficult for me. Some families and teachers are moving back to the States this year and I am going to miss them a lot. Next year there will be a bunch of new people and positions in our school still need to be filled. Please keep the school in your prayers that God would provide the right people for the positions needed.

I am in the process of moving to the dorm housing that CAG have recently built. I have successfully sold my furniture to a missionary family moving to Guatemala shortly. It has been a hard decision to make, but it will be better financially, as it cuts my housing costs in half. Living at the school will have its advantages. This summer I am blessed to be turning the age of 26. This means I can no longer be covered under my parents for healthcare. I am currently looking for affordable options. Please pray for me as I go through this process that I would make a wise decision and would be able to raise the necessary funds needed to cover this extra expense.

In other news, I am looking forward to be traveling to Pennsylvania for the months of June and July. My brothers are going to be traveling there too and I will get to see them. I have not seen Adam in 2 years and Andrew in 1 year. This has been the longest so far without seeing them and I am really excited. I also will be helping out with Camp Courageous and the junior high missions trip. I hope to visit with many of you at church and throughout the summer too.

Thank you all, for your prayers and consistent support!

Donations can be made at: http://www.cten.org/amandaheisey