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2010 Intro

Thank you for stopping by my blog, the Free Spirit Runner.  I’m Andy, and I started this site in 2008 in preparation for my semester in Cape Town, South Africa, with Marquette University’s South Africa Service Learning Program.  In March, I accepted a two-year position with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in the East African country of Tanzania.  From December, 2010, through December, 2012, I will be living with other Jesuit Volunteers in Moshi, at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania, and teaching and/or tutoring students at Majengo High School, a 1,000-student secondary school operated by the Catholic order the Christian Brothers.

This past May (2010), I graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, double majoring in international affairs and history and minoring in German.  After spending the summer in Madison working on Ballotpedia researching state legislators and legislative candidates across the United States (seriously, go to the site and do some research before you vote), I will be returning to the promised land of Phillips and the township of Elk in northern Wisconsin for the fall.

As I post updates both as I prepare for my JVC service and once I am in Tanzania, I will seek to both explain what I am up to and reflect upon that.  To the relief of those who read my blog in 2008, I will avoid any political rants and commenting on politics in general, except in the broader, classical sense of politics as seeking to build the just society and striving to lead an upright life.  I hope to focus more on my experiences and how they challenge me, and, of course, I will post some pictures when I get a chance.  I do not know how God will use this intense two-year commitment to mold me and, although I don’t know what I will end up doing when I am done, I am more interested in who I will end up being or, more accurately, in who I am becoming.  As I travel (hopefully in a way befitting a free spirit runner) through the joy and pain of this next phase of my life, I hope to bear in mind God’s words to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9a, my favorite Bible verse)

Thanks for accompanying me on this journey and God bless,

Andy

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