There is another adventure on the horizon. On January 1st, 2010 I will kick off the new year by boarding a plane and flying away for the whole month, bound this time for Costa Rica (and Nicaragua). As I did with India, I intend to post some, perhaps this time while I’m in the country.
One reason for my Costa Rica trip is to experience something new and away from the familiar in Seattle. Lately I have been in a stuck pattern, in need of change but unsure how to make it happen. Well, here it is happening, almost all at once. Coinciding with this 34-day trip is the end to my work at a bookstore I have een employed at through graduate school and beyond, for 5 years. It is time to move on, and this is my chance.
Another reason is that I have an opportunity to engage in ministry work with another deaconess. This is exciting, and has potential to open more doors. When I ask myself what it is I most desire in work, I have often returned to direct service. A ministry with people, listening to them, learning from them, and helping where needed. When I am in Costa Rica I will mostly be listening, learning, and absorbing.
I also really need a sabbatical. This is a perfect way to combine something that engages my heart and mind, as well as being refreshing for the body. I will leave Seattle in the grayest period of the year for Central America where it is warm, dry, and exceedingly beautiful to step into a new culture, learn a new language, and hear stories of brothers and sisters in Central America.
Expect more updates on my adventure, stories of those I meet, and of course pictures.