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

 

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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

Busy March…

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Happenings This month:

-We had Spiritual Emphasis Week with the Elementary students. Our focus was on being Chosen by God.

– We welcomed our student teacher, who has been doing a fantastic job teaching the kids.

– I was able to go with a missions team for a week and help out. It was a great experience.

– Our students had their musical, Cinderella Enchanted, this past week. All of the students involved did a fantastic job.

– Volleyball has ended, so I am finding myself with some more time in the afternoons. The time has been refreshing.

Prayer requests:

– Wisdom for making decisions.

– That God would continue to work in the lives of my students.

– For good health.

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

– For the orphans of Guatemala.

Verse of the Month:

“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.” Acts 17:26-27 NIV

Life In Guatemala

This month has been really busy and it has gone by so fast! Last week I had the opportunity to help out with a mission team that was coming to work with some friends of mine at Child Hope. The team consisted of 58 people, high school seniors and leaders. They were from a Christian school in Texas that requires a missions trip of their seniors in order to graduate. When my friends heard of the amount of people on this team, they asked if I would be willing to come help out. I readily said “yes.” I was able to find substitutes for my classroom and I took four days off to go help.

We started our week by picking up the team at the airport. We had three buses for the team members and a bus for all the luggage. When the team started walking out, my first through was: ” Oh boy! Here we go. We are going to have an interesting week.” Meeting some of the teenagers, I found out that many of them were just there because they had to be there in order to graduate. I was not sure how this attitude was going to come out while we where ministering to others. It had me a little worried. These kids also seemed like some tough kids who had been through a lot.

We split them up into 3 groups and headed out to three different schools. Each group was a little unique and had their share of challenges. Our group ended up working out fairly well. It took a while for the kids to warm up, but after the first day, they were excited to be there. Our group did a children’s program for the kids in the morning and then did some work projects in the afternoon. We assembled, sanded, and varnished 100 desks and painted two floors of the school. We also saw a lot of lives being touched and the Holy Spirit moving among them.

By the end of the week we also had some students interested in supporting some of the children to attend school. Just like Compassion, Child Hope sponsors children to go to school. It was really neat to meet some of the children on the waiting list and see their new sponsors meet them and their family. If you would be interested in sponsoring one of these children, please let me know and I can get you in touch with Child Hope. This week was one to remember.

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

 

February News

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Happenings

  • We celebrated Valentine’s Day with the class img_1670
  • I had the opportunity to babysit kids during the weekends
  • I am still tutoring, teaching English, and helping with volleyball on Monday’s and Friday’s.
  • I have started going to a small group on Thursdays with my church.
  • I encountered a huge scorpion in my house. I am very thankful to our landlord who came over and killed it for us.

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    The scorpion

Prayer requests

  • Wisdom for making decisions.
  • That God would continue to work in the lives of my students.
  • For good health.
  • That I may be a blessing to others and spread God’s love to those around me.

 

Verse of the Month
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalm 51:10-12

Life In Guatemala

This month has been really busy and it has gone by so fast! As I was thinking about what to write for this month, I thought it might be good to share a little about what God has been teaching me the past few weeks.

The first thing God has been teaching me is to have a deeper level of faith. The Bible says in Hebrews that faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. I have been challenged to really think about the faith I have. Along with this, thinking about what trust I have in God. I have faith in God and in salvation through Jesus Christ, but do I really have faith in His provision, in His love, in His plans, that he has the best in mind for me? I think I do, when I think about it, but I find that I don’t always live this way. I let worry, fear, and anxious thoughts to seep through. I have found that I need to lay these things at Jesus’ feet and make a conscious effort to live with complete faith in my words and actions.

The second thing God has been teaching me is to pursue holiness, love others, and to be content with what I have. One aspect of this that I have been focusing on is my attitude toward others ( including my students). The Bible tells us that they will know we are Christians by our love. I have spent some time examining how I am treating others and my attitude toward them. I have found that I tend to get frustrated easily and want to complain. However I need to make an effort to respond more positively with mercy, grace, gentleness, and kindness….and perhaps with a little more patience. The verse that has kept coming to my mind has been from James 1:19 that everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. I tend to quick to speak and slow to listen. So…another thing I am working on is being intentional about listening. I think that in turn, by listening more, I can then respond better and with more love.

Thank you for your prayers and your support. I pray that you would be encouraged and that you too will be spending time with and growing in the Lord.

Feel free to share what God has been teaching you!

If you would like to support me financially, donations can be made at: http://www.cten.org/amandaheisey

 

 

January 2017-The new year

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I had a wonderful Christmas break in the States and in Canada. I was really glad to meet up with many of you again. Now, I am back in Guatemala and school is back in session. This year started out with a lot of activity and we jumped right in. I have a new student in my class so I am back to having 13 students. It was great to see them after our break and hear of all of their adventures.

We also have a new class pet. We have a fish that was named Finn by my students. Finn is a pretty blue beta fish. This past week we also had a surprise visitor of a small sparrow!like bird who decided to come into our classroom. I think it decided it didn’t like school though and was frantic to leave. I had to catch it in a box to help it get back outside. It was quite the excitement for us all.

There were also a lot of firsts that have happened in the past week. I was able to be a SAT proctor. I am still not sure what was worse…taking the SAT or sitting around watching others take it. I also was asked to lead a workshop on lesson planning for my colleagues. I was really nervous but pushed past my comfort zone and dove in. It ended up going quite well.

Coming up, my class is leading chapel next week and will be participating in servant day on Friday. This has been a busy month so far, but it has been good. I also will be babysitting for a couple coming up in February so they can attend a couples retreat. I also will be staying with another family’s kids in March for a week while their parents are away helping out with a team.

I am still tutoring, but not as much this year. I have one tutoring student and one mother whom I am helping with learning English. Hopefully this will give me some time to help with volleyball. I will not be coaching, but I am hoping to help out when I can.

I have been praying for more ways to help out and be a blessing to others and God has been graceful and has been providing me those opportunities. I have been feeling very honored for these opportunities to serve and I am excited for what God has lined up for me next. I hope you all are doing well in your various services to others.

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