We arrived in Fairbanks, Alaska, with hearts ready to serve, not sure what God had planned for us. We had received an invitation to come on mission, and spirits were high as we prepared to give our all in a radical way. However, we didn’t know He had something totally different in store for us than what we had expected.
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What if I told you that, after reading a book about trust—Consoling the Heart of Jesus—I was inspired to drop a $100K job, buy a one-way ticket to Ethiopia and go work with the Missionaries of Charity? What if I told you I heard about FOCUS by stumbling across a video on YouTube? And what if I told you I decided to apply to become a FOCUS Missionary when I saw the recruitment slogan, “Live the Adventure. Trust the Way”?
I enthusiastically agreed to document Fall Outreach at UC Berkeley and then I realized that I had no idea how Fall Outreach worked here. It’s a second year campus, two returning missionaries, three new missionaries and a new chaplain and pastor!
Nestled in between the city of Danbury or glorified suburb (as some of us like to call it) of The City, New York City that is, is Western Connecticut State University. From the outside it may look like your typical New England University with gorgeous buildings built from 1903 to the present, lush trees filling up space in the quad, students curled up in every corner, and long lines at the bookstore. This is no ordinary campus though.
Down south on the bayou lies the campus I serve, the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. If Louisiana makes you think of swamps, Duck Dynasty and gator hunting, you are not to far off. There is a swamp on campus, complete with alligators! I unfortunately have yet to meet any of the Robertson family.
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!
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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