This Monday is just not going to be the same. I will miss the Monday Night FPU peeps. We warped up this past Monday with a grand celebration. I've never seen so much food at the graduation pot luck. The last two weeks of class were in the chapel and it provided an intimate environment to bring the group even closer together. I wonder if we should always have the graduation in the Chapel? I heard amazing stories of life change that people shared graduation night. Stories of marriages improved, hope restored and confidence gained. I received comments like I'm giving for the first time" and "giving substantial more" on the exit surveys. These are powerful behavior changes that will lead to a more fulfilling life. We learned lots of tactical money best practices over the 9 weeks. More importantly we learned that the tactical stuff is only 1/2 the recipe to winning with Money. We learned about living openhandedly and being intentional with the resources God has given us. We learned about the power of living in community and the power of prayer. Bill, Carolynn & I got a front row seat to witness all of this. We did small group breakouts for the Real Estate Lesson and people were huddled all over the chapel, listening, laughing, and learning together. Powerful stuff. I'm indebted to my co-facilitators, Bill & Carolynn, I couldn't have pulled this off without you guys. Thank you! I'm praying someone will step up and help us develop an "After FPU" small group or monthly reunion / accountability group to help graduates stay focused and encouraged. If you are interested please contact me.
Here are some of the statistics from this class. 62 Credit cards bit the dust, some undoubtedly are in the picture above. I always have the jar in my office, stop in anytime to add your card. We had $2,000,000 in non-mortgage debt in response to the early class survey. Just under $70,000 in non-mortgage debt was paid off in 9 short weeks and $50,000 added to savings. All in 9 weeks! You guys are amazing.
Please keep me posted as you guys continue to move through the baby steps and win with money and impact the world with the margin you have created in your lives financially, emotionally, and spiritually.
Dave Smith is part of the KCC finance staff and a Dave Ramsey Certified Coach.