Some are curious about our goal of $40,000 to raise for launching expenses. To some, it may not seem like a lot for a family of four compared to some other mission programs; yet others wonder why it could cost this much just to get to Thailand. Here is a simplified breakdown how we estimated this figure:

  • Travel (Round-trip* airfare; shipping of donated books, etc.; 1-year visas): $8,500 to $10,000
    *We must return to the USA within 1 year to renew our 1-year visas.
  • Pre-launch expenses: $1,750 to $9,750** $3,750
    Includes pre-launch eye, medical and dental expenses; rental/purchase of storage space for personal possessions; etc.
  • Electronic equipment: $1,750 to $4,000
    Includes computer equipment, software, camera(s), etc.
  • Education materials: $850 to $1050
    Books, software and tuition for language training; etc.
  • Vehicle expenses: $16,500 to $20,000 (we are praying that a vehicle will be available for us when we arrive.)
    With a family of four, two being toddlers, we will need a vehicle that can take car seats.
  • Miscellaneous personal items to be purchased before departure: $250 to $1200

**We are praying that someone will donate a semi trailer which should be sufficient to store our belongings and that God would provide a vehicle in Thailand for our use, thus reducing our goal from $40,000 to $20,000.

As you can see, we are now praying that we will receive a minimum of $20,000. We are also praying that funds would come more than we need so that the construction debt on the All-Asia TV Studio could be repaid and equipment for production could be purchased. We trust that the Lord will provide in one way or another for actual necessities that are not met by the time we leave.

Regarding our monthly support: Humanly speaking, we would love to have commitments for monthly support of around $2,000 per month. This would cover required annual travel to the USA to renew our 1-year visas, regular monthly expenses, etc.

We hope that we have given sufficient detail for those who are curious. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Written on July 21st, 2011 , Pre Launch

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