So far we are at 68% of our monthly budget, with 16 people making up that number. I still feel shocked by the speed and ease of raising financial support. It makes me think of the verse in Psalms: Be still, and know that I am God. We still believe that 100% of our budget will be raised soon (specifically by the time we leave for Peru- end of Oct). We have 10-15 more people in Charlotte who have indicated that they want give us monthly financial support but are not sure about the amount yet and lots more people outside of Charlotte to talk to on the phone.
Our cross-cultural training in Rutherfordton, NC is Sept. 4- Oct. 18. We have been getting more and more information about it and think it will be a rewarding season. We will be in class 8:30-12 and 1:30-3 Monday through Friday but the rest of our time is free. I know I will need to rest like a good introvert does, and they have also indicated that we will have a lot of homework. After 4 years of Davidson, I'll bet their version of "a lot" is pretty manageable. We'll be living in an apartment and near the rest of the 35-40 (not including kids) students in the program. I'm still not exactly sure what we'll be learning, but I'll find out soon enough!