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.
Amanda R. Heisey