When 20-year-old Trevor Fellows first considered volunteering at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., he didn’t know what to expect.
“I was a little bit nervous at first,” said Fellows, whose grandmother works at the Library as a phone operator and suggested he give volunteering a try.
“I said, ‘Sure, I’ll give it a shot,’ ” said Fellows. “And I found I enjoyed it.”
The college sophomore has been volunteering at the Library since June, 2012. What began as a summer activity turned into a year-round adventure. Now, Fellows is hoping more college and high school students will discover the Billy Graham Library and join him in volunteering their time this summer.
“I know what might scare a lot of kids away is they think it’s just a museum,” said Fellows. “Who wants to spend all day in a museum? Well, it’s not just a museum. It’s a way to share the Gospel with people. In a way, you’re Jesus to them for a few minutes.”
The main building at the Billy Graham Library features a wide range of walk-through exhibits including audio and video clips that tell the story of Billy Graham and his worldwide ministry. There’s also a bookstore, a restaurant, an outdoor area including walking paths, and the original house Mr. Graham grew up in.
Fellows appreciates the variety.
“I’m all over the place,” he said, before leading a tour group from one exhibit room to the next. “I learn something new just about every day I’m here.”
The Library is now accepting applications for volunteers ages 16 and older who have a Christian testimony and live in the greater Charlotte area. Those interested can download an application form from the Library website, fill it out, and either scan and email, fax or mail it back.
Volunteers can work any day from Monday to Saturday in four-hour shifts. Hours are fairly flexible; volunteers just need to work a minimum of 16 hours (four shifts) per month.
Terri Hazen is the assistant manager of the Library volunteer program. She says the Library loves its dedicated group of retired volunteers, but it would be great to get more younger believers involved, too.
“The Gospel is for all people,” said Hazen. “A lot of people think the last Crusade Mr. Graham did was in 2005, but the fact of the matter is, there’s an ongoing Crusade here six days a week.”
“We know young people want to make a difference,” said Anne Marie, who manages the volunteer program. “Young people who know Jesus want to make a difference for eternity.”
As someone who is part of making that difference three days a week, Fellows encourages other students to jump in.
“I don’t think this is a job that should be restricted by age,” he said. “I think if we have the younger folks, it creates a more balanced image. Christ is for everyone.”