I have a confession to make: I am terrible at talking about controversial apologetics issues. Give me a heart who needs to know it is loved and a soul suffering from loneliness, and I am all over it. But explaining to a friend why she shouldn’t be on birth control? My palms get sweaty, and suddenly my vocabulary mainly consists of “Ummmms” and “Uhhhhs.”
Have you experienced this? You’re out in public, someone finds out that you are Catholic, and you immediately get asked about Pope Francis.
Something inside of me had died.
It took me years to realize what I had cast aside and forgotten. I stopped sharing the Gospel in my life.
Like a robot, I was in and out of Mass and Confession. I was surrounded by other Catholics, but I grew complacent in sharing Jesus Christ with others.
With all this talk about dating and relationships, Jonathan and I wanted to share our story with you.
If you lived in a mud-walled house with a tin roof, dirt floors, no running water, and sporadic electricity, what would you really want?
As I share with you a glimpse of a day in the life on a mission trip to Africa, I invite you to look at these pictures and read these encounters with new eyes – although no picture can fully capture the spirit of the African people and the joy they exude.
The Kick-Off BBQ is over and you're just starting to get into the swing of being back on campus. You're incredibly impressed with yourself for approaching all of those strangers and actually talking to them at the BBQ! What's even better is that you got some of their contact information. On top of that, some of them want to join your Bible study! Can it get any better than this!? You are crushing fall outreach.
So you graduated college.
Or you finished your time as a FOCUS missionary.
Or you just have a heart for evangelizing beyond the college campus.
Whatever reason you’re here, the question is now what?
As FOCUS missionaries, we evangelize to college students by inspiring and equipping them to evangelize the world. But what happens after college?
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.
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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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