September 2, 2014
So… It’s August… In Omaha, Nebraska… #TheGoodLife. There are a couple of things that you can count on. It’ll be blazing hot and humid. The roads (specifically Dodge Street) will be under seemingly endless repairs and the population will increase about 16,000 and last, but certainly not least, the FOCUS team serving at UNO will be arriving on campus. Like our compatriots across the nations, we begin the most intense time of the year—Fall Outreach!
September 1, 2014
If you had told me as a senior in college that my post-college adventures would take me to Malaysia and the Philippines, I would have asked you where the heck Malaysia was—and then smiled politely and asked why the heck you thought I would ever have a reason to go somewhere halfway across the world.
August 28, 2014
Can you think of a time in your past when your life got significantly better?
I remember mine well: it was a hot August day, and I stood outside the freshmen dorms during the first week of classes at the University of Nebraska. I felt nervous, excited, and ready to run away all at once. It was my sophomore year, and I was about to invite total strangers to join my Bible study that didn’t exist yet.
August 27, 2014
As ISIS continues to move, many emotions surround us. Helplessness at the unfolding atrocities looms over us. Despair over the state of our world grips us. Fear of the future makes us anxious. Guilt for the times we find pleasure in recreation or complain in the midst of our relatively comfortable lives leave us wondering how we should feel. We want to act, we want to fix the brokenness—but what can we possibly do that would make any difference? As I myself pondered this question, the Holy Spirit led me to one answer...
August 26, 2014
Despite over a year and a half after his election, the praise for Pope Francis continues from people of all sorts of backgrounds. The media, the public, and the members of the Catholic Church continue to hang on to his words and his actions.
Pope Francis has the amazing knack for preaching while embodying this preaching with his own life. He is not simply a great marketer for the Church; he is a model of evangelization for us that we can learn a lot from.
August 25, 2014
It's August. Back-to-school time.
August 21, 2014
It’s been said the first few weeks on campus are the most decisive weeks of a student’s college career. The friends a student makes at the beginning of the year can have a lifelong impact on his or her values, perspectives, and decisions.
As missionaries and evangelists, we have an amazing opportunity to meet and connect with college students during this significant window of time. In this post, you’ll find a list of 50 Fall Outreach ideas, many of them submitted by veteran FOCUS Team Directors.
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Since the pontificates of Pope Paul VI and John Paul II, the Roman Catholic Church has been commissioned to engage and embrace the world with God's message of love once more with ‘new methods, new ardor and new expression.’ It has come to be phrased, 'the new evangelization.'
For FOCUS, this means meeting college students across the nation where they are and challenging them to examine the meaning and purpose of their lives. Through personal relationships and friendship, we offer college students the true peace and fulfillment they seek in the good news of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Catholic faith, inviting them to answer His calling in their lives.
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