I have to confess what my initial reaction was to hearing about Planned Parenthood’s selling of body parts of aborted children:
I avoided it.
All mission trips are created equal...but may not look the same.
Some of us reading this blog might be the good kid that never did anything bad. Others of us might be the exact opposite. In a world that encourages us to do whatever makes us feel good, sadly, a lot of us have…for a long time.
I want to make him happy.
I enjoy it too.
I love him.
I’m just having fun.
My friends will think I’m weird if I stop...
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.
The devotion that answers everything.
I grew up pretty Catholic, so the words “Divine Mercy” were not foreign to me.
Back in the late 90’s, when I was in college and Blink-182 was just hitting main stream, “pop” punk rock was the greatest music known to man…in my opinion. From NOFX to Pennywise to MXPX, I loved it all. The Warped Tour was the greatest show on earth. All was good in the music world.
“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.”
During SEEK 2015, some form of “What’s your love story?” was the most tweeted question during my interview. Almost everybody loves a good love story, and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, I think now is the perfect time to share mine
The moment I flipped my calendar from January to February this year, two thoughts ran through my head:
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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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