Funds can be raised from family and friends, but even more importantly, from congregations. Your own congregation is a good place to start. Raising money from congregations usually involves making a presentation to the congregation about EAPPI before you leave, sending in regular reports to the congregation while you are in your placement, and making another presentation upon your return. When congregations become invested in you and your work, they understand what accompaniment means because they have become accompaniers, too. If your congregation belongs to a regional church body (such as a synod, diocese, consistory, etc.), you can contact the bishop, president, or other officer for help with funding or contacts with other congregations. Someone might be willing to sponsor a fundraising dinner at which you can make a presentation. If you belong to a church that has a national body or a global mission or social justice department, these, too, could be sources of funding.