So, I'm no longer attending Discipleship Training School Taipei.
After a discussion with the staff last week, we mutually agreed that I wasn't ready for the commitment of DTS yet - that my heart wasn't ready for it, and that I was continuing to attend mainly because I didn't want to disappoint everyone who had supported me in this endeavor. My last day was Friday, March 30, and since then I've been busy with the transition to (for now) staying with my grandmother, as well as trying to figure out what my next steps should be.
I've already paid off the balance due for the three weeks I spent at the DTS base, 9000 NT (about 300 USD). I do want to stay in Taiwan, at least until my visa expires in June. My experience in the weeks I've already spent here has confirmed that. So, what I would like to do for the immediate future is learn Chinese, to add a valuable and hopefully quite relevant skill to my experience - as well as simply carry on conversation with people around here!
One of my grandmother's friends introduced me to TLI, which has an affordable Chinese language learning course. I would like to take lessons there, but I'd need to use the money raised for my DTS, and since I raised it specifically for my DTS training, I don't want to start withdrawing money from this fund without ensuring those of you who donated are okay with that.
So, in short, please let me know if you are okay with the money you donated (not all of it, but definitely some!) going toward Chinese lessons, as well as my journey to general self-sufficiency. Also, if you have any questions about any of this, you can message my mom (Jenn) on Facebook, or me directly if you have my phone number or email.
Today, I received a check for the last $535 I needed - which means this campaign is now complete! There are a couple things I'll probably need a little money for in the future, but thanks to this donor and all the rest of you - I've reached my goal, not only for March 12th but for April, too, before even leaving for Taiwan.
My mother will be posting updates on Facebook here, and I plan to set up an Instagram for the younger generation to more easily follow. ; P Until then, thanks, and I'll get back to packing!
There, I changed the goal amount to reflect the amount actually remaining. So far, $1,530 has been donated through my church and other sources. I'm just blown away by how close we are to reaching the goal - and we don't even need the last half until April!
As of this morning, I now have $2,580.
That's DEFINITELY enough for March 12th!
I can't express how grateful I am to you all for supporting me! I'm going to leave on Thursday, and spend a couple days with my grandmother who lives in Taiwan before heading off to start school.
I gotta go to church now, might post a more detailed update later.
As this is my first time using this site, I have yet to figure out everything about it. But, just to let you know, I have now raised more than the $895 that currently shows up on this campaign. Today, in fact, I received $500 in checks and paper money, after making an announcement about my trip at my home church. That brings my total to about $1,300 - even closer to covering the amount I need by March 12th!
The amount due by March 12th is NT $63,800, which currently comes out to about $2,200 in USD. But the exchange rate is prone to changing, so it could come out to a little more - or less. In any case, I only need about $1,000 more to reach that goal! I really, truly appreciate all of you who have donated to support me so far. You just about brought tears to my eyes today. I don't know what else I can say, except that I'm hoping for great things to come out of this, and - well, I feel like some blessings already have.
Edit: Should I just change the goal to be lower, to accurately reflect the amount I've raised so far? I don't know...