amanda howlett


Mandi was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated from Toccoa Falls College in May of 2012 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is a very enthusiastic and creative person. Mandi loves the color orange and polka dots but most of all she desires to show love to children and those in need. While in middle school, Mandi went on her first mission’s trip to Trujillo, Peru. She loved the culture and the people of South America. In the summer of 2011, Mandi returned to South America and spent three months as an Inca Link intern. She fell in love once again with the culture, people, and most of all the children. After much prayer and hope, God has opened doors for Mandi as Inca Link’s Kindergarten teacher at the Alliance Academy International. She is very excited about the opportunities God will bring while teaching and reaching out to her students!

 

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blog posts

  • Earthquake Close to Home A week ago I was sitting in our chapel, waiting for the school play to start when all of a sudden I felt as if the building was shaking. I asked the girl right next to me if she felt that too. Everyone in the room looked around, trying to ...
  • Confessions of a teacher… I’ve been trying to write a post for a few months now. Every year I say something to the lines of, “Well this year was super hard…” or “I had to grow up a lot this year…” or “God has stretched me more than I thought possible…” To be completely ...
  • My Visit To The Hospital This week I went to the hospital. Not for me but for the father of one of my students. I had never visited someone in the hospital like that before. It was one of those moments when I knew I’d become a grownup, taking flowers and treats, and putting on ...
  • You Fill My Heart With Wonder Over and over You fill my heart with wonder You take me by surprise I can’t believe my eyes Wider and deeper Just when I think I’ve seen you Like a stone thrown into the ocean water I could search your depths And never hit rock bottom -Rock Bottom, Jimmy Needham That is the anthem of my life this past ...
  • A 6 Year Old Missionary When I was four years old I thought about the people on the other side of the world, saying to myself, “They need to hear about Jesus.” I knew that God was calling me to be a missionary even at the age of four. Today I sat in my parent teacher ...
  • God’s Sweet Peace Today one of my students came to me after rest time and said he’d been crying. He’d been crying because he was sad about his dog dying. As he told me I could see he was still sad and still a little teary-eyed. The rest of my students headed off ...
  • When It Rains. . . It floods! When it rains…. It floods… Well at least here in Ecuador, in my life. Today I said I hated Ecuador… I’m a missionary; I’m not suppose to say those things. I’m suppose to love where I live and what I do… but after three days of ice cold showers and being ...
  • A Bowl of Soup! Lately God has been teaching me a lot about being content with where he has me. I have been wrestling with a few things and I want to share with you what God has been teaching me! It hasn’t been the easiest year but God keeps calling me to himself for ...
  • Two Boys On The Street On the side of the street where two boys, they must have been brothers. One boy looked about 8 and the other about 6. The 8 year old was cradling the little boy in his arms. Both boys were covered in filth and wearing dirty clothes. The little boy’s eyes ...
  • Things People Never Tell You About Becoming A Missionary Going home for Christmas was the first time I was in the States after an entire year. I knew it would be different, I had never been away from my family for so long or let alone my old bed… I was so excited to get back to “my country” ...
  • My 24th Birthday I remember knowing in my heart before this year ever began, that this year was going to be a difficult year. I knew it would be hard to part with my first year students. I knew I would miss out on dear friends who left. I knew there would be ...
  • 30 Things I’ve Learned Living in Ecuador… 1. You play chicken with cars when you cross the street…. but refuse to be the one that speeds up even if you almost get hit. It’s better to not look like a complete gringa. 2. You get to eat fresh bread for breakfast at the whopping price of thirty cents. 3. ...
  • When You Know You Are In Love When you know you are in love….     I know I’m in love when I catch myself staring at them and thinking there can’t possibly be something cuter! I know I’m in love when I hear them share their prayer request and I almost start to cry because I see that they ...
  • Helplessly Searching For A Crying Girl   The other day as I was sitting in my apartment I was startled by hearing the loud cries of a young girl. I thought it was nothing at first but as it continued I started to get scared for the girl. She was crying and screaming… Then she started to ...
  • 7 Way’s I’ve Been Like Jonah So for the past few weeks in chapel we’ve been talking about Jonah… It’s been pretty surreal to step back and think about how my life parallels to Jonah’s. Here’s what I came up with! 1) A runner: Vs. 3 “But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. Jonah ...
  • Breathing Out Love “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” –Genesis 1:1 I was recently teaching my students about how God created Adam and Eve. I explained to them how God breathed life into Adam. I showed them that as hard as I tried I could never breath life into my ...
  • The Joys of Sacrifice One of my all time favorite quotes is, “If home is where my heart is then my home is where you are.” I remember almost a year ago thinking these exact same words as I packed to move to Ecuador. I remember thinking that if God is with me then I ...
  • Bread and a Beat This week I am speaking in chapel on a story in 1 King 17. There is a widow who says she cannot give Elijah food because she barely has enough as it is. She is making her last meal before she dies. Then Elijah says, ...
  • Coming Upon A Mountain When I came to Ecuador did I think it would be as easy as it has been? No way Jose but now the rubber meets the road and the true tests of faith begins. Here I am just a little missionary who has been content in the ministry but not ...
  • March 2013 Newsletter Mandi Howlett My life as a missionary consists of taking care of fifteen little wiggle worms, dealing with bathroom accidents, putting on band aids, sharpening pencils, and most importantly teaching.(I am a kindergarten teacher in Quito, Ecuador at the Alliance Academy International).  I teach my students everyday about Christ’s love for ...
  • The Battle The common struggle between flesh and spirit has been plaguing my thoughts as of late. I went home for Christmas and struggled with coming back to Ecuador. I felt my flesh long to stay with my family and in the country where life seemed normal and easier. As I boarded ...
  • The Realities of Living in Ecuador My last few newsletters have been about how amazing it has been to live in Ecuador and about how much I love it here but as I am almost through my fourth month living here it is no longer a dream come true but a reality. I do love living ...