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Marc and Cheri - YWAM DTS

$6,270 of $22,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 4 months
Created September 12, 2018
Marc and I are very excited to be embarking on a new adventure with God! We have been accepted to do a Discipleship Training School (DTS) with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in Townsville, Australia.  For two months we will be in Townsville, taking courses.  The mornings consist of courses focused on our relationship with God.  In the afternoons we will each be assigned a service position, where we will be helping within the university.  Evenings will be filled with our elective courses - which we both chose to be medical.  We are very excited to learn how to do medical outreach in remote parts of the world.  We will be trained in treating malaria, dysentery and teaching community health. 
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After these two months, we will be heading to Papua New Guinea for 3 1/2 months to put into practice what we have learned! Papua New Guinea has many remote islands. We will be traveling on a YWAM ship (like Mercy ships) to spread the Gospel and show God's love through medical aid. 
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We are so excited for this opportunity, both to grow as a couple and to share the good news of Jesus!  It is going to be a challenging adventure both physically and spiritually.  We ask that you would pray for us.  We need God to strengthen, protect, guide and bless us that we would be able to be a blessing to others. Please also pray that He would supply all our needs.  Our course starts on October 21st, 2018!  We have a long way to go to have enough funds!  God has continually encouraged us to keep going forward and to trust Him.   If He puts it on your heart, please help us to get there. We would be very grateful and ask that God would richly bless each giver and that it would bear fruit for eternity.


Our Budget for this trip:


As of Friday September 14, 2018 CAD/AUD was 1.07 AUD = 1 CAD  With the banks exchange fee it will be about even with the CAD.  For the sake of simplification, we are listing everything in CAD funds.  We have paid for some things ourselves and have planned and prepared for as much of this trip as we can, but there are many things we still need help with!


Notarization of ID and Blue Card application - $22.50 /person = $45 (PAID)

Doctors Assessment of Health - $40/person  = $80 (PAID)

Course enrollment fee - $200/person = $400 (PAID)

Australian Health Insurance - $279/person = $ 558 (PAID)

Additional Living Expenses (e.g.: special dietary needs, transportation) $100/week/person -$4400 - (PAID)

Immunizations - $300/person  = $600 (PAID) 

Student Visa - $550/person = $1100 - (PAID)

DTS Tuition  Fees - $2306/person = $4,612 (PAID)

Room and Board - $1684/person = $3,368 (raised in full, half paid)

Outreach to Papua New Guinea - $2800/ person = $5,600 (only 1, 800 left!!!) 

Flight from Vancouver to Townsville - $1600/person round trip = $3,200 (PAID)

Additional unforeseen expenses over 5 1/2 months of living abroad - $1,760/person = $3,520

 

Total Trip for 2 person = $27,483


So far $5,483 has been paid for, leaving a grand total of $22,000
(Bold PAID is an update to original post)
 
Or,  $11,000/person

We appreciate any help in making this trip a reality, both small and great.  We pray God would bless you for your generosity!  We will keep you posted as we make progress in checking off our list.

Where in the world are we going? :)

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Update 4
Posted by Marc Bilan
2 months ago
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We are so close!!! Only $1, 800 left to go!!!! Thank you so very much to everyone who has helped us!! May God richly bless you for it!
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Update 3
Posted by Marc Bilan
3 months ago
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We made it safely to Australia!!!!

Hello everyone! We are so thankful that God brought us safely to Australia on Sunday (Australia time)! Our flights went well and we had no issues getting into Australia. God was so good and we had such friendly people all along the journey reminding us that God was watching out for us! Today is our fourth day of classes and we have really been enjoying it!
Thank you so much to everyone who has been praying for us!!! God has been answering those prayers! In our safe, smooth traveling, in helping us with jet lag, settling in, staying healthy and having energy and joy for all the tasks before us. Thank you! Please continue to pray for us! The journey has just started and we have a lot ahead of us! Thank you also for praying for our financing. God has been answering prayer there too. We have been able, through gofundme and personal donations to pay our visas (which went through amazingly fast, praise God!) and also our school fees and room and board! We still have part of our outreach fees to pay - 5,250. Please continue to pray for this as we only have 3 weeks and 2 days to raise the rest of our costs. May God richly bless each one of you for your prayers and support.
The photo is in the courtyard of our campus!
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Update 2
Posted by Marc Bilan
3 months ago
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8 Days till our course starts!!! :D We are super excited! Thank you to everyone who is praying for us and has donated!!! Please spread the word with family and friends! We would really appreciate it!! With only 8 days till our classes start, we have very little time to cover the rest of our costs. So far we have raised $1,650 through gofundme and $3, 420 in personal donations. We are trusting God will provide the rest.
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Update 1
Posted by Marc Bilan
3 months ago
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We want to keep everyone appraised of our progress for our DTS/Missions trip. First, we would like to thank God for helping us this far! We are very thankful for everyone who was donated. We also appreciate all of the prayer support, it's made a difference! So far we have raised $900 via GoFundMe, and another $2000 in personal donations! We were able to get our immunizations this week. Next is visas, and then flights! Please pray that God would speed the visas through, as we can't book flights till we have them. If God has laid it on your heart to help us, please do! Every donation, small or great, each 'share' and every prayer, are all greatly appreciated. We have a long ways to go.
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