We’ve released a new kind of Bible study here on the blog. There are lots of biographies about the saints. But here, we’ve collected some of their lesser-known stories—brief snapshots into their daily lives that give us glimpses into the ways the saints shared the gospel with their friends.
As I write this, I'm sitting in a small-town coffee shop in Texas, and the people at three of the six tables around me are talking about God. A couple of state college guys are discussing how to witness to their friend who's questioning her faith, a Bible college student is getting life advice from a mentor, and a woman on the phone is making a plan to return a Bible forgotten in her car. I find it a little odd.
Everyone has to jump over three hurdles to become a FOCUS Missionary: a willingness to serve wherever the mission calls, a one year dating fast and to fundraise your entire salary. I practically walked over the hurdles of going where the mission called and the dating fast. Fundraising, on the other hand, was my biggest challenge in becoming a FOCUS Missionary.
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The Stations of the Cross are an ancient tradition in the Catholic Church going back to the fourth century when Christians went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land...
“I still don’t understand why you decided to work for FOCUS for two years before applying to medical school.”
This is the question that I kept getting from many people after I decided to become a FOCUS missionary. “Medical school is long and very expensive,” many would say, “so why would you want to wait an extra two years to begin?” Some people advised me to look for an engineering job since I studied biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia. “That way, you could have some extra money to go towards medical school tuition…especially if you like math and science so much. I just don’t get the connection between FOCUS and medical school.”
Well, I signed up for what seems like an impossible and regrettable task – name the top 24 Catholics to follow on Twitter (plus one Protestant). Impossible because there are so many great people to follow and I’m only naming 24. Regrettable because surely I’ll leave off some very important and influential people.
I looked through the anonymous posting app Yik Yak during SEEK. This is what students were saying.
I’d never felt exhaustion like this before. We’d been walking for almost 11 hours; that was longer than the amount of sleep we’d had in the past two nights combined. We were running out of water and it was the hottest part of the day. Every single muscle in my leg was screaming with pain and I literally didn’t think I could push myself anymore.
The first 5 days of January 2015 something amazing happened. Over 9,000 people gathered in one of the largest hotels in America to SEEK “what moves you.”
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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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