I leave tomorrow night at 10:30pm, and when I woke up this morning I only had $1,781.
While this is quite a lot of money, thanks to my generous church family, it's not quite enough for the lecture phase. So I woke up fairly short. But by the end of today, I received over $700 from my friends, and bumped my total funds to $2,617.21 putting me more than half way to my goal of $4,500.
This morning, I woke up so nervous about the money. Time was ticking, as always, and I was feeling All day, I prayed and prayed for God's provision. I've heard story after story after story of God providing financially for missionaries. I've never really seen it before, until today. Before I left my house this morning, my grandma gave me a huge check so I "wouldn't be broke down there in Costa Rica." Two of my friends from NYCUP donated to me online through Paypal. My friends mom sent a check with him when we met up to hang out. I went to dinner with an old mentor and his wife, who already donated, not only payed for dinner but gave me another large donation to help me out. Afterward, I went to youth group where three of my friends gave me checks. Finally, at a going away party, my friends all pooled their money and gave me a huge envelop of cash as my going away present.
Thank you, everyone who donated. You're generosity is so appreciated. Thank you for being so willing to make this experience possible. I can't wait to see what God does! May He bless you as He's blessed me with you.