KNOXVILLE – Johnson University senior Brielle Smith works hard to serve on a variety of missions fields on campus, in her community, and even across the globe.
Smith is currently a senior at Johnson University, earning her four-year degree in psychology. She is also a Teachers’ Assistant in Johnson’s counseling center. On top of her academics and part-time job, Smith is involved with an internship at a pregnancy crisis shelter.
Prior to this year, she has taken part in Johnson’s Cross Country team and served as president of a student missions organization known as Harvesters.
Smith has also spent time serving on the mission field. Her biggest mission trip so far took place in eastern Europe.
“People aren’t as hurried to go, go, go like we are here in America, so something that I really enjoyed is just some of the daily rhythms people there would have,” Smith said. “Just sitting and drinking coffee…and quality time with others.”
During her stay in Europe, Smith’s eyes were opened by the new and unfamiliar challenges of mission work.
Although emotional at times, she fell in love with how community-driven the local culture was. She enjoyed the long conversations at coffee shops, as well as observing strangers getting together to play chess or share news.
Her journey across the world held such an impact that Smith transferred from her last school, where she pursued an Associate degree in music, to Johnson in order to pursue long-term service.
Now, she is on track to graduate with the knowledge and skill set she needs to aid others both mentally and spiritually wherever she goes.