A mission is funded by the individual and so to save money after leaving high school, I worked at International Armoring Corporation full time for 6 months, bullet proofing rich people's cars! By living within a budget, I knew I would have enough money by mid-February and so submitted my application papers for my mission just after Christmas.
After an agonising 3 and a half week wait, my call to serve finally came! My family were inconveniently on holiday at the time, I wasn't able to get time off work to go, and so I chose to drive to my girlfriend's house in Colchester and open my letter there...
Here's a photo of me with my call letter:
2 months later, after 12 different injections and 3 different visa applications, I'm pretty much ready to leave!