Posted on November 20, 2014
Posted on November 20, 2014Hello friends and family!
I want to share a story with you that I think exemplifies the touching generosity of this fundraising campaign. Yesterday as I was working a shift at the dining hall for my part-time job, someone walked up to me and asked if I was Lauren. I replied that I was, and he told me that someone asked him to do what he was about to do. He then handed me an envelope and walked away. The front of the enveople read, "For Lauren, For Burma," and inside I found multiple $20 bills with no other note. I have no idea who this anonymous donation came from, but I was completely floored and overwhelming grateful.
So it is with great joy that I can announce that thanks to this unexpected and gracious donation, I have made my goal of raising $2000 for my course in Myanmar! From the bottom of my heart, I am so grateful for your support of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Each of your generous gifts brought me closer and closer to my goal, and this week I was so thankful to hand in my final payment.
As a sign of my deep thanks, I will have something for each of you when I return from Myanmar in January. It will be a simple but heartfelt token of my appreciation and gratitude. Again, without your help, I don't know where I would stand in relation to this course. But thanks to your faithful and generous gifts, I will have the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone, challenge myself, and enhance my theological education in ways I never expected. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Posted on October 30, 2014
Posted on October 30, 2014Great news: I received my Myanmar visa in the mail this week. So it's now official! I am looking forward to this opportunity very much. This semester, I along with the other students on the trip, have been reading about Theravada Buddhism and vipasanna insight meditation in order to prepare for our 3 day immersion in a Buddhist monastery. Also this week we are reading the writings of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Price winner who is a national hero of the Burmese people. Thank you for your financial support of this border-crossing experience!
Posted on August 29, 2014
Posted on August 29, 2014In just the few short weeks since I announced my acceptance into an Andover Newton Theological School course in Myanmar, I have been floored with the responses and support from so many people. In addition to the many prayers and words of encouragement, as of today, August 29, 2014, over $1500 have been raised to make this opportunity possible. Wow! I am filled with gratitude for your generosity and willingness to support my theological education in this way. Even though I will still be fundraising into the fall semester, with your help I am drawing closer to my goal. Thank you, thank you, thank you!