Joni Heirtzler is living the dream, even when it takes a tremendous amount of work, sweat and tears.
the ninth grade, she began attending an early-college high school so
she could graduate with her associates degree at the time of her high
school graduation. She’s attained that degree, earning two scholarships
in the process to further her education.
At the age of eighteen
she’s ahead of most students her age, academically, and she wants to do
more. She has a dream to see the world, but not only see it, to serve
others while she’s overseas.
She’s chosen to do this through the
International Language Program, a nonprofit organization that places
people from the U.S. with schools in other countries to help teach the
She’s signed up for Lithuania.
there’s a setback. Because Joni has been enrolled in college courses,
serving the community in association with the National Honor Society,
finishing her high school degree, and participating in track and
orchestra, she’s had little time to find regular employment. Her family
has helped, but she needs more.
She’s worked hard to earn her own way
to go to Lithuania with ILP, and she’s drawing on her talents any way
she can to get the remaining funds.
As a talented writer, she’s
compiled three short stories to sell as an ebook, all the funds going to
help children she doesn’t even know.
The three story compilation is
entitled Displaced and can be purchased on Amazon for only $2.99. It
contains three stories, The Influence, Last Minute, and Rain.
To make additional donations, an account has been set up on Razoo: http://www.razoo.com/story/Help-Joni-Teach-English-In-Lithuania or buy the book at: http://amzn.to/17pW9PD
Excerpt from The Influence:
memories swam through my mind. I hadn't realized how dull life was
without a body until I'd received one. The world had become vibrantly
beautiful. I remembered the first day; all of the senses overbearing.”
Heirtzler is the second of five children. She’s active in track, plays
the violin and loves to serve others. She’s kind and compassionate and
dreams of seeing more of the world before settling down to complete
another two years of college to obtain her bachelor’s degree. She’s
planning on pursuing a degree in marketing through Southern Utah
University as soon as she returns from Lithuania.