Election day: Familiar faces welcome voters to GC School

KNOXVILLE — Working at a voting booth may not seem like the most glamorous job but the atmosphere today in Gap Creek Elementary School’s gym is certainly friendly. As people mill around the room poll workers and voters banter with a familiarity that can only come from years of seeing each other at the booth. One … Read moreElection day: Familiar faces welcome voters to GC School

Weatherly encourages people of faith to engage in political process

KNOXVILLE —Jon Weatherly, Dean of the School of Bible and Theology and Professor of New Testament, spoke on the 2016 election from a Christian perspective. In the interview below, Weatherly speaks on the importance of the church’s role in American politics, how we approach the election through a faith stance and how each vote has an impact on … Read moreWeatherly encourages people of faith to engage in political process

One student’s experience serving at The Love Kitchen

As students sit in the gym waiting for their team name to be called, Marcus Graham sits on the stage along with the rest of the group leaders.

They are all preparing for Johnson’s day of caring, also called K-15.

Matt Shears, president of the Student Government Association, tells the student body about K-15.

“This event has been going on for nine years now,” Sheers said. “This is the largest attendance for K-15 we have ever had.”

An event that was started just after the 9/11 attacks to help serve the community, has now reached a new height of attendance at Johnson.

Graham has been proudly serving his time in the SGA for all four years of his college career. A third time leader of a K-15 group, he  and five other students spent the day at The Love Kitchen.

The Love Kitchen has been serving the community around it for 15 years, and seeks to help the low income families around Knoxville.

Located next to the AME Mount Zion Church, the students found the sweet smell of lamb chops lofting through a gated parking lot.

The Love Kitchen Manager sat outside on a smoke break while the rest of the people were inside hard at work.

Several men and women sat inside in old, hole-ridden and dirty clothing, watching the news on a flat screen television.

All of the volunteers headed inside to prepare for the dinner they would be serving five hours later.

Marcus Graham wore a white plastic apron while standing in front of a steel table.

On his left side he had a bucket of lamb chops, grabbing each one and slicing away any fat that might be on it, then placing the cut meat on a pan.

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Family Promise provides family sanctuary in rough waters

EDITOR’S NOTE: Royal Scribe reporters visited with some of the people being helped by the organizations students interacted with on K-15. This is the story of one such family.

Crystal Presley breathes a  sigh of relief and watches her three children. One sits at a computer doing homework while the other two chat together quietly on a couch, giggling occasionally.

This scene is exactly what one would expect from a family in a safe environment, and that is exactly what Family Promise aims to accomplish.

Family Promise is an organization that takes in families such as the Presleys, who have no home.

While most such organizations do not allow teenage boys like Joseph Presley to stay in the same place as his mother or sisters,

Family Promise’s main goal is to keep families intact and allow them to live as normally as possible while in the program.

This is accomplished through Family Promise’s unique approach to housing.

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Future missionary practices his faith during k-15

  After a busy time with school assignments, papers and tests due, Josiah Caraway, a sophomore at Johnson University  relishes the fact that he is able to get away from school and be able to volunteer in the community with K-days. Josiah, an intercultural study major, is often in the presence of non-believers, so he … Read moreFuture missionary practices his faith during k-15

Local organization serves college students

EDITOR’S NOTE: Royal Scribe reporters visited with some of the people helping and being helped by the organizations students interacted with on K-15. This is the story of one such family.

On Sept. 30, groups of students from Johnson University set out to various Knoxville locations with a mission of spreading love to the community. One group made its way to serve at an organization which in turn meets the needs of local college students.

About three hundred feet south of the popular Cumberland Strip, Christian Student Fellowship’s campus house sits within the borders of the University of Tennessee, one of the biggest party schools in the area.

Just inside the two-level brick building, associate campus minister Patrick Willis sits at a double-tiered desk topped with various Star-Trek and movie memorabilia. He admits to having a particular affinity for superheroes, indicating the significance of each item in his collection.

“Everything on the desk that is geeky or nerdy are the things my wife wouldn’t let me display at home,” Patrick points out jokingly.

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Children of Knoxville find oasis in Water Angels

EDITOR’S NOTE: Royal Scribe reporters visited with some of the people helping and being helped by the organizations students interacted with on K-15. This is the story of one such family.

The crammed together houses in the neighborhoods of east Knoxville scream out as the forgotten child waits for his mother to come back.

The child tries to support himself without anyone’s help, but falls into the stream of inevitability of the worldly life. In the end, he is still a child that needs help.

Growing up in east Knoxville Charles Drew was in need of support in his walk of life.

His own strength was not always enough. After a recent incarceration, Drew was in need of someone to support him in the trials after his release.

Water Angels Ministry in east Knoxville was there for Drew when he needed help.

Drew was placed in the House of Grace, the men’s residence at Water Angels Ministry, where men can go through a six month rehabilitation.

Water Angels Ministry provides residents for men and women to keep each other accountable in their walk.

Drew and the other members are able to minister not only to each other, but also serve the community by feeding and clothing them. Drew said that he believes that serving them helps the people to recover from their own issues.

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