Thursday, August 16, 2012

"You'll never know what it means to me just to know you've been on your knees for me, oh, you have blessed my life" -Watermark

Heritage International School's 2012-2013 year has begun! was to begin tomorrow, but due to construction delay and some of the classrooms not being built yet, it will start on Monday. We teachers have been hard at work. For the past week we've been at school getting our rooms ready, organizing books, going to meetings, preparing lessons and praying...
...I've done my best to guard my heart so that I don't feel as though I'm one of the other teachers. This new lot of teachers seems really fantastic. They're experienced, kind and have good hearts. The school has really expanded and has over 300 students coming! I've been going to worship and devotions in the morning, then going to work in the Grade 2B classroom while the others are in meetings about the school and the curriculum. I've got most of the lessons for the first week done and the walls are getting decorated slowly. Since I used to teach at Heritage, I was asked to plan for the first week of school so that the other substitute will just come in and follow the directions left. Yesterday afternoon after visiting with someone I used to tutor and then stopping and visiting the woman who makes things out of plastic straws (who by the way could not stop kissing me on the cheek and thanking me for coming and giving her some black straws), I went to buy some school supplies for the classroom. It's a new room so there is very little in the way of supplies. I brought in the supplies today and then joined the staff on a prayer walk of the school.
Will you join us in praying for the school? Here are the pictures and explanations so that you can pray along with us.
Joining hands in the cafeteria
Pray for chapels held here, that children's hearts would be touched for God

Praying outside the Middle School block
Pray for these children during these tough years and living in such an international environment

Terri (Admin Assistant), Laura (Elementary Principal), Lisa (Secondary Principal)
Pray that these hardworking women have the stamina to make it through! 

Praying outside the NEW High School block
Pray that the students might not succumb to the pressures of this world as they go on to graduate and leave the protection and care of Heritage

Josh (the chaplain) reading some verses for the school
Pray that Josh and Lisa Fish will be able to reach the youth for the Lord!

Vincent (PE) and Dayo (Library) focused
Pray that these men will be positive influences on the students here!

Laura (Music) praying
Pray for Laura as she ministers through music with the children

Abbey praying for her husband's ministry on the field
Pray for safety on the pitch and that all who come to compete are aware of the Holy Spirit's presence

out on the field (new elementary classrooms being added on the left in the background)
Pray that these amazing workers will share the love of Christ wherever they go!

Michelle praying
Pray for unity among the staff 

Outside the Elementary block- Library in background
Pray for the ministry in the Library and media area

Daniel and Annabel outside the Elementary block
Pray that these early years of true comprehension may be a blessing

Annabel (UK), Delight (US), Terri (Canada), Kate (Uganda)
Pray that as each person is away from their 'home' they may be comforted and blessed

Praying outside the Early Years block
Pray that each child and their entire family will see how evident God is here

Praying for the Chapel and the construction there. 
Pray that it gets done by Christmas! It hasn't changed much in the 6 years since I first came.

Beautiful Rhona (Head of Early Years)
Pray for these tough teachers who have been here since the beginning!

Praying outside the Administration Building
Pray that each person who walks onto this campus is ministered to by these great people.

Mr. Bahati, Sylvia and Dave focused and praying

I love the diversity! from L to R: The Netherlands, US, Finland, Armenia, Uganda, Canada, UK

Thanks for joining us on a prayer walk of the school! Please keep praying with me for this amazingly special place!

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." ~Philippians 4:6-7 

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