We just send this email out…so if your interested:
Hopefully you have a good idea of what we will be doing in Tulsa (the summary: participating in an 10 month program run by CQMissional, during which we will be studying and working for a church to impact their community for God’s glory). The program is set up so that we have a couple days a week to work part time jobs so we can pay our day to day expenses. As part of the program, CQMissional will provide housing for us, so we don’t have to worry about paying rent every month. We posted a bit about housing and jobs on our blog if you want to check out what that is going to look like.
In order for us to be in the program we will pay tuition to CQMissional. The tuition is $5,000 each, for a total of $10,000. We will have an opportunity to work for Challenge Quest, facilitating on their ropes courses which will bring the cost down to $3,800 each (so now we are at $7,600). We are supposed to pay CQMissional half of the tuition on day one of the program which starts at the end of September, and make monthly payments on the rest until the end of the program.
We have been financially blessed during our time at NLR and were able to pay off our car, pay cash for Beth’s graduate school, and we have paid off significant debt from our undergrad degrees (although we still have a good chunk remaining). So, we are in a financial position that makes it so we can take some risks like we are doing. Despite all of this we don’t have $7,600 laying around. Through a partnership with Global Horizon’s Inc, gift to CQMissional are tax-deductible, and we are encouraged to raise support though them to help make it possible to be in this program. Our goal is to raise enough support to pay for the entirety of tuition, and then work enough to pay our own way when it come to general living expenses (like car insurance and laundry soap). This is by far the biggest financial leap of faith we have ever taken…we are truly dependent on God and the generosity of others to make this happen.
If you have any interest in helping us financially we would love to talk to you about it! Because we are very persuasive people we thought we would give you a few good logical reasons that this is a good thing to support:
- We see this as an investment in our skills, knowledge, maturity and faith, and our ability to work effectively for God’s Glory.
- It is also an investment in CQMissional. By being the first to go through this program we can help Chris and Greg form it into something really effective (and help them develop their web site, communication systems, stuff like that). The potential to equip hundreds of leaders over coming years exists.
That is our high pressure sales pitch. So, if you’re interested let us know and we would love to talk to you more about all of this.
We really are excited about what we will be doing! We really do see it as a time to learn, grow, experience a lot of new things, and be prepared to have a greater impact on the world for God’s glory. A big part of what is exciting about this is that we get to learn in an environment where we will continue being able to minister to people in real ways…it wont just be book work, but will be real and hands on as well. We will get into some more specifics of the program in our next email, or feel free to check out http://www.cqmissional.com/certificate/ to get some details now.
We are truly grateful and humbled that you are interested in what we are doing. Don’t worry, we only have a few more emails planned, so we wont fill up you inbox too much more!
Ben and Beth