Alum Follows Passion for Volunteering, Teaching
After graduation, Sarah Martindell spent two years as a United Methodist
missionary in Utah, then two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer, serving
as a high school English teacher in a rural Namibian village.
While she was living and working in Africa, Sarah hosted a special visitor
-- none other Dr. Glenna Jackson of Otterbein's Religion Department!
"That just goes to show you how committed these professors are, and
how much they care about their students," Sarah said. "Dr. Jackson is
responsible for much of my inspiration and expanding world view. It
all started with her courses -- topics like Women and Religion or The
Life & Teachings of Jesus. In addition to the class content, she was
also willing to share about her own life and her travels to Africa --
which made me feel a pull toward the continent, myself. Her eyes had
been opened, and I wanted mine to be opened, too!"
Sarah returned from Namibia to begin a Master of Divinity degree
through Duke Divinity School in North Carolina. Thanks to an
international internship, Sarah went back to the continent of Africa
for the summer of 2013, to work with a church and AIDS clinic.
"I credit Otterbein's classes and teachers as the impetus for so many of
these decisions -- so much of my development as an adult," said Sarah.
"Some pretty memorable adventures have come my way as a result. I
hope these professors realize how grateful we are for their guidance
in our lives!"