May/June Letter

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Dear Friends and Family,

It has been so exciting to see God at work over the past 6 years. He has guided me through some difficult struggles and hardships, but ultimately has drawn me closer in my relationship with Him. This past year, God has been slowly and steadily working in my heart, challenging me to continue to seek Him in all things. This past year, I have been feeling God’s leading in another direction. It has been through a process of prayer, wise counsel, and guidance, that I have come to a decision to return to the United States.

I have had the opportunity to live and work at the Christian Academy of Guatemala for the past 6 years. This teaching opportunity was a great experience both professionally and spiritually. I was able to grow in many ways and had many opportunities to share the love of Christ and to serve. These past few months, I have been feeling drawn away from this wonderful place. One of the hardest things as a missionary is knowing when to leave. You get connected, you start a life of service, you become familiar with the unfamiliar, and yet, God moves. One wise missionary told me once that you can tell when it is time to move when God’s grace is slowly lifted. Things that didn’t bother you before start to irritate you and you begin to feel unrest about things that you once had
peace about. This was an accurate description of what I was feeling. It seemed as if God was creating discomfort and unrest, to lead me elsewhere. I began to pray about these feelings and felt God leading me in another direction.

Therefore, after vigilantly seeking direction, I have accepted a call to come back home. I am not sure if this is just a time to regroup, or a design by God to send me elsewhere in ministry, but I do know that it is the right move. I know God has called me to a life of service in ministry, as he calls us all. I am going to use this time to continue to seek God’s direction, and to refocus my eyes on Him. I don’t know what God has in store for me next. There are a lot of unknowns. However, I do know that God has the answers and that He provides.

Over the last few years, I have seen how God uses ALL His people to accomplish His will. I have been extremely blessed by all of you through your prayers and financial giving. I am extremely thankful. There is no way I can do this transition on my own. I would like to ask if you would continue to pray for me during this time, as I move countries and get re-situated. My account with CTEN will be open through September if you feel led to continue with financial support. This will help as I look for a new job and transition back. Your support and prayers are priceless to me.

If you have any questions, please contact me and I’d be happy the share more with you. I’m excited (and a little apprehensive) about the ways God is going to continue to work in my life.

In Christ,
Amanda R. Heisey
amanda.r.heisey@gmail.com
(717) 686-2176

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April

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Happenings
– We had our sports and splash day. The students had a lot of fun. I got a little sun burnt as I helped monitor the races.
-We had Book Character Day at school and our class won the participation award and got a dress down day.
-We had our spring break and were able to celebrate Semana Santa (Holy Week). I did not travel far during my break this year. I was able to rest and get some needed things accomplished.
– I had the opportunity to teach children’s church on Easter Sunday this year. I was able to share the story of Jesus, His death and resurrection to about 40 kids

Life in Guatemala
This month was a shorter month. We had our spring break right in the middle. It was a relaxing and rejuvenation time. Coming back from the break was difficult. The students got a taste of summer and are starting to fade out for the school year. The teachers are feeling it too.

Sports and splash day was a lot of fun! The kids got to compete in track and field activities and then chill in some small pools in the afternoon. We had to purchase a truck of water for the pools, as we are going through a drought this dry season. I am ready for the rain to come.

I have had a lot of opportunities this month to share about Jesus, His death, and resurrection. Each opportunity was a growing experience and I was greatly reminded of God’s amazing love this Easter season.

I am hoping that this love would continue to shine through me through the rest of the year. At this point we have 17 school days left, and a lot needs to be accomplished each day. Please keep us all in your prayers that we would be able to finish this school year strong.

Student Spotlight

Filippo
I like Star Wars and enjoy walking. My favorite bible story is Noah and the ark. Please pray for my family.

Maya
I like sugar, I love my family, and my dog and friends. My favorite school subject is math because Ms.Heisey lets us work in partners. Please pray for good health and protection.

Prayer Requests
– For guidance
– For good time management
– Safety
– For wisdom
– For peace

Praises
– God continues to provide in all things.
– God has continued to provide safety and provision.

 
Verse of the Month
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
Revelation 4:11 NIV

 

March Madness

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Happenings

  • I was stung by a scorpion for the first time.
  • We had our Spiritual Emphasis week and we learned a lot about Paul and how we too can be World Changers.
  • We had Bible Character Day at school.
  • I was able to take a week off of classes and spend a week helping out a team that worked with Child Hope. We shared a kids program at a school, handed out water filters to those in need of clean drinking water (from Hope 21), and did some painting.
  • Our 3rd quarter ended and we are starting the end stretch.

Life in Guatemala

This month has been a longer month and a busy month. We had our Spiritual Emphasis Week and it was a growing experience for my students. We learned about Paul and how we too can turn the world upside down for Jesus.

I also had some surprises this month. One being a scorpion. I apparently had one on my bed and it stung me when I rolled over on it. Not something I would recommend.

I also was able to spend a week with Child Hope. We were able to minister to many kids and adults. There were a few who accepted Christ as their Savior. It was a very impactful week. Throughout this week, we also were able to help organize the beginning of a library for the school and re-paint the lines on their play area. The kids’ smiles were infectious and there was so much joy despite their difficult circumstances. I also had the chance to help with passing out water filters from Hope 21 to provide clean drinking water to those in need.

With the filters, our team was also able to share the gospel, and a few of the women also accepted Christ as their Savior. I had the opportunity to pray with and for a few of them
that were struggling with life’s circumstances. I learned through this week that the blessing of believers goes both ways. We were all able to experience the joy of the Lord. As we gave, we also were filled.

Prayer Request

  • For guidance
  •  For good time management
  •  Safety
  • For wisdom
  • For patience and grace for others

Praises

  • God continues to provide in all things.
  • God has continued to provide safety and provision
  • Many accepted Christ as their Savior last week during the kids and youth program.

Student Spotlight

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Bella (left)
I like dogs. I live in MI and Guatemala. My favorite verse is Ephesians 2:8-10 and when Jesus was born. My favorite thing I have learned so far this year is Bible and math.
Please pray for my family.

Sofia (right)
My name is Sofia. I am a good friend. I have 2 brothers and 1 sister. I like the verses from Psalm 23:1-10.
Please pray for good health for my family. My brother is sick right now.

Verse of the Month
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
1 Corinthians 1:18 NIV

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

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

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