I am a full-time ministry trainee and needed to raise £7,300 to cover annual rent, food and other living costs.
I wrote to numerous Christian friends and family telling them about what I was going to be doing, why I was doing it and my hopes for the future.
At the end of the letter I asked them to fill out a very short form saying whether or not they were able to support me and asked them to send the form back to me, in a pre-stamped and addressed envelope, by a set date.
I was surprised to receive nearly £4,500 in pledges. The remaining funds came from personal savings and the support of two trusts.