KNOXVILLE — Emma Sharp, a student here at Johnson University, has been volunteering at the Young Life ministry in Knoxville for almost six months.
Sharp is a media ministry major who transferred from Lee University last semester.
Sharp, who has had multiple experiences with other universities said, “this is the first school I have felt with a real sense of community and family and that I am not just a number.”
After graduation, Sharp said she would like to apply what she has learned and work in a mission’s organization or in a church as their media director.
About once or twice a week, Sharp said she spends her free time with the Young Life ministry.
Young Life is an organization where leaders go into local high schools to build a spiritual relationship with teenagers by supporting and hanging out with them.
Sharp said she is involved in Young Life because she wants to pour into these teenagers as much as her mentors did when she was in high school.
“I really have a heart for high school kids,” Sharp said. “That’s [high school] where I had the most struggles, but also the most fun.”
Sharp said she really enjoys being the constant in the teens’ lives, especially when she realized most do not have one.
She said a personal goal for herself is to get to know at least five students well enough to start a campaigner’s group and help them grow in their spiritual life.
A campaigner’s group is an in-depth Bible study, rather than the five minute devotions that introduce the students to the Bible during Young Life club meetings.
Sharp said she is excited to see how God works through each leader and witness great change within each student.