Update us! What has happened to you since you last served on the NYAB?So much has happened since I was on the NYAB! In 2012, I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Political Science. I spent a year working for the Lutheran Campus Ministry at Ohio State (Jacob's Porch) and helped establish a ministry that connected the homeless in the area with college students as mentors and friends. We were lucky enough to get funding in order to feed our homeless friends lunch every single day as well as provide essential items and clothing for them. Through that experience, I felt the call of God and it led me to seminary.
What are you doing now?I am currently attending Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. I am studying to become an ordained pastor in the Lutheran Church. This August I am marrying my best friend and fellow seminarian, Daniel. Right after the wedding we will visit Malaysia and other Southeastern Asia countries. It will be the most incredible and challenging experience yet!
How would you say serving on the NYAB influenced your life?The Souper Bowl of Caring is so close to my heart. I have traveled a lot in the past 8 years and no matter where I go, I either find traces of the impact of Souper Bowl of Caring or I try to start it in my own church. It is such a fresh idea of giving, with a total connectedness and locality that makes it great for communities. Serving on the NYAB really honed my leadership skills as well as my collaborative skills. I do not think I realized how much young people are able to make a difference until NYAB gave me the opportunity to reach out and have a voice. Now I realize that even at 23, I have a lot I can do in this world!
Anything you would like to tell future NYAB members?Stay in touch with the people on your NYAB after it ends. Seeing where people are after many years is amazing and inspiring. You never know when your friendship with them might be a call to greater collaboration and leadership!
Final thoughts?NYAB was the first time I flew on a plane by myself. It was the first time I was really on my own making decisions and making new friends from many different places. It was the first time I was ever in South Carolina and the first time I ever ate grits. And my life has never been the same since!
It was so great to hear from you, Sarah Habermehl! We will keep you in our prayers as you travel to Malaysia after your wedding in August. Congratulations!