Time for an update. It seems the greater the gap between posts the harder it is to write a new post. But - no apologies, just action. Two major changes in my life have made life in Nairobi and my volunteer service much more enjoyable.
I started working full-time at Across in February. There is such an incredible difference between having a little work to do and having no work to do. I am happy to experience this difference at Across. The organization is all about holistic ministry in South Sudan. My job is part of Institutional and Organizational Development - spreading the word about Across to an international audience and sharpening the focus of our mission. A typical day includes editing documents written by others, compiling information for resource documents, and updating elements of the website. I feel like my computer skills are being used, and my desire to work alone or do things my own way is being kicked around in the dirt (N.B. a good thing). No word yet on if I will be traveling to South Sudan but I am eager to do so.
I just realized there is so much I want to share about my own evolving perspective on life and living. I really should use this blog as a medium for discussion, yes?
Anyway - the other major development is making a decision on graduate school. I have chosen to attend the University of Washington PhD program in Biostatistics. Of the schools I applied to, UW was the clear favorite (based on location, reputation, curriculum, and funding), despite being on the west coast away from the reasons I have to be on the east coast. I have two special agents doing housing reconnaissance in Seattle this spring, and I'm exploring a little each week to learn about the area. More to come!