Where I serve
I am in my third year as missionary here at Washington State University. I am the Team Director here and this is one of the expansion campuses for FOCUS. I am looking forward to leading my three other missionaries in reaching out to the 20,000+ college students here in Pullman, WA. We certainly have a big job ahead of us, but through Christ I know it is possible. I am excited for the challenges ahead and look forward to what God has in store for our team and this campus.
In my journey with God, I have seen it all. I grew up Catholic and part of a solid Catholic family. Yet my desires were completely off-based and I wanted nothing else than to fit in and be that "cool guy" that everyone likes. Even though I experienced God through the Steubenville retreats in high school, I put my faith on a shelf for most of college. I pursued success in the classroom, in the fraternity, in the campus organization, and in my friendships. All good things, but not when they come at the expense of my faith and compromised my morals. I excelled throughout college and achieved nearly everything I wanted to achieve. I got the top campus positions. I got the grades. I got the girlfriends. I got the respect and approval that I craved. Soon enough though, I hit a dead end. I had gotten everything, yet I still wasn't happy or fulfilled. About this time, God put a FOCUS missionary in my life. He invited me on a mission trip to Mexico. I would return a much different person.
The mission trip changed my life forever. Between spending an agonizing amount time in silent prayer, being surrounded by an amazing community of people seeking God, and being cut off from our noise-filled society; I came to fully accept God in my life and my desires completely flipped. Leaving that trip, I knew what I wanted. I also knew that it was going to be painful and difficult; but I knew what needed to happen. I came home and starting making those changes immediately, yet it took me a full year to realize I couldn't do it on my own. As I was preparing to head down to Summer Training for FOCUS , I finally learned how to give it all to God. My prayer life, which had spent 22 years floundering, finally took off. I could finally say I now had a lived relationship with my God. Ever since then, I come to see life as nothing but a blessing. It has been difficult to be sure; but now that I have purpose and a desire for my Creator and not for the ways of the world, it is all worth it.
I am excited to see where God is taking me in the future. I am open to His Will and want to see how He will use me to bring others out of the darkness that I knew so well.
I cannot do this alone. God has called me to spend my time on the college campus, often the darkest places in our society, in order to bring a new light to a generation that is battling an unprecedented attack. If this mission connects with you, I ask that you consider patterning with me on a financial or spiritual level to help accomplish the Great Commission that Jesus gave us. I would love to talk with you more about this, so please reach out and we will get together. Thank you and God bless!
"We do not want...a Church that will move with the world. We want a Church that will move the world." ~GK Chesterton