So when I had this idea come to me in the shower to try to get by with some help from my friends, I wasn't excited or comfortable. I definitely wasn't expecting something like this to happen! Thanks to friends, new and old, I'm well on my way to reaching my goal of getting educated.
There's a new widget here on the site, the ol' thermometer, to keep track of how this is going.
Here are the quick details again: I'm working on a Master of Ministry degree from SSU. I'm doing this by distance and on-site (2 weeks each semester). I've already done one module/semester and I'm on the hook for that one financially. There are 3 more modules/semesters to complete, including the next one in March that is the Travel Module that will take me to Egypt, Israel and Lebanon ($4200 due by the end of this month - yikes!). Then next Fall and Spring and then I have the Thesis - an additional cost and I'm paying my way for that as well. So the appeal has been to my friends and family for help with the $10,000 in the middle for the travel and next two modules. And I've experienced an incredible amount of love and generosity that's left me feeling like George Bailey - post visit by Clarence - which is a good place to be at this time of year!
I'm humbled, honoured and blessed by this experienced and rather than crawling under a rock - which is how I thought I'd be feeling - I want to tell everyone how rich I feel because of my friends, my family and my school!