This promise makes me (Lisa) wince a little. Like fundraising, it carries an element of vulnerability. Rich has been convinced from the start that a key part of our financial model for our missional year should be that our offer wherever we go is this: “We’ll get ourselves to your city. You house us while we’re there to the extent you are able, ideally in homes--and feed us while we’re teaching.” For many nights we’ll be at retreat centers anyway, but on the edges we’ve asked our hosts to arrange housing, letting them know we’d prefer a pull-out couch in their living room to a nice hotel. There is a certain genius to that. It turns out, plenty of planning time has been required to acquire visas, arrange air or land travel, and create various seminar materials in time for them to be translated. On this end it’s been harder than we anticipated getting our house, mail, dog, etc. squared away.