Amy Saunders

Hi I'm Amy! I'm a FOCUS missionary.


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Where I serve

I am delighted to be serving the students at The University of Maine for a second year! Located in Orono, Maine, U-MAINE is home to nearly 11,000 students. These students will go on to become the next engineers, teachers, doctors, business owners, lawyers, etc. They are also the mothers and fathers of our future generation. However, this mission is not just about the future. It is about the NOW. It is about the student putting all their worth in their GPA, looks, or who they are dating. It is about the student struggling with depression and wondering if suicide is the answer. It is about the student wondering if they'll ever be enough. Why do I do this? I do it for Jesus, and I do it for them. We cannot wait to change the world. The time is NOW!

"If you are what you are meant to be, you will set the world on fire."-St. Catherine of Siena

My Story

"To love another person is to see the face of God."  -Les Miserables

Everything was going right for me, but why wasn't I happy? I asked myself this question over and over during my junior year of college at Temple University. As a student, it did not take long for me to learn that while college is a place of incredible opportunity, it is also a place of extreme loneliness. I hardly knew who I was and saw my identity and worth in my busyness, my resume, and my success.

However in the midst of my busyness, loneliness and searching, I fell in love.

It was an invitation to the Catholic Newman Center on campus that led me to encounter a joy I never thought possible. It was the students and FOCUS missionaries there that saw my worth before they even knew my name, and it was their invitations, investment and love that opened my heart enough to invite people into it.  In the midst of it all, I fell in love with Jesus. I didn't realize it at the time, but each time I was welcomed, listened to, cared for, and loved by the community there, it was Jesus Himself. He loved me through them, and I saw the face of God.

I am a missionary because the FOCUS missionaries at Temple made a lasting impact on my life by introducing me to Jesus. If my yes to being Christ's missionary, allows even just one student's life to be changed, then it is worth it. I am so humbled to be the hands and feet of Jesus at U-MAINE, and my heart is ablaze to both share life with them and invite them to know the joy that comes with a life centered on Christ.

 



Your Impact

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me through this mission. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. The best way to reach me is by phone at 610-787-1378 or by email at [email protected] I'd be honored to share this mission with you.

Know, Love and Serve God

We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.

Build Virtuous Friendships

By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.

Teach Others to Share Christ

We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …