So many things happened while at VOM and I learned many different things. Some were more spiritual in nature about God and being His child but others were more down to earth and practical in nature. Some were easy to learn but others proved to be challenges. One of my biggest challenges was being in charge of the finances….
I always thought I was good at balancing money. I know how to keep a budget and can say no when things cannot be bought. However, even with twelve people eating three meals a day for a week, and facing gas prices at almost $4.00 a gallon, you have to be a wise steward of the finances that are placed in your care. Especially when you want to give back to everyone some part of their money back.
This task proved to be bigger then I thought when I said yes to do it. The handling of the budget was biggest and hardest thing that I had to do. Not only did I have the food budget, but also the gas budget and the just in case budget. Since we placed it in one account, it was up to me to make sure I did not get finances mixed up. I went over budget in some things, but at the end of our trip, we had extra money to give back to each of the team members. I am happy to say that I have a better understanding of keeping and making a budget that I know will help me in the future.