Monday, December 31, 2007

Traveling, and moderating comments for awhile

I'm leaving in a few hours, to spend the next month in New Orleans. I'll be doing a project with the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. Details to follow, as I get immersed in it.

As excited as I am about this, and as much as I've been wanting to do it since my first trip there last March, this is the first extended trip I've ever taken alone. I don't so much fear for my physical safety as, well, I'm just generally scared. I'll be fine once I get settled, and working; right now, I've only a vague idea of what I'm getting into.

What compels me to return to NOLA isn't the touristy fun stuff; it's the people. I'm going, so that I can listen to survivors' stories, and share them.

I have no idea what my internet access will be like while I'm gone. I've been very public at Jake's place, and while I haven't experienced any sort of trolling yet, I don't want to leave my own space vulnerable to idiots. So, I'll be moderating comments, at least for the next while.

Please pray for me, for the city of New Orleans, the people of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, and for all who are marginalized, mistreated, or exiled. And please pray for those who wield their power in damaging ways, as well. Pray for all of us, and be good to one another. Thank you.

7 comments:

FranIAm said...

May you go forth wrapped in so many blessings and prayers, beautiful child of God.

Rev Dr Mom said...

Prayers rising from the Diocese of Massachusetts.

And blessings for your travel.

Mimi said...

Travel Safely and you have my humble prayers.

Nathan Empsall said...

It's been a long time since I worked with EDOLA, but they've got some great people there. I've never stopped praying for them. Good luck!

Jane R said...

Dear Kirstin, Thank you for your work in NOLA and please bring with you the intentions of those of us who cannot come with you but are there in spirit with the people and their land and water and city. May Godde be with you and keep you safe and give you strength. Take care of yourself.

Suzer said...

Prayers for safe travel headed your way. I hope that you will be able to reach and serve those who most need it in NO. I also hope you get to hang out a bit with Grandmere Mimi and report on her red beans and rice!

Safe travels, friend...

:)

Kirstin said...

Thank you all for your kind words, and your blessings. I am safely, exhaustedly, here.

I will carry your love to these people.