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

 

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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.

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/