Clarissa Vela

Hey! My name's Clarissa. I'm a FOCUS missionary at Colorado School of Mines.

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Where I serve

God has called me to answer his high call and serve college students. I am blessed to be serving at the Colorado School of Mines starting in the fall. God has made sports a huge part of my life, and I am grateful to be working as a Varsity Catholic Missionary, reaching women athletes of all sports! I played two years of Softball at Columbia Basin College down in Washington where we placed 5th at NWACC my sophomore year! You'll typically find me hanging out at the university cafe, or with the athletes in the gym of the athletic department, sharing the Gospel and spreading the love of Jesus with these athletes! I cannot wait to see how the Lord will make an impact on the women I encounter and on the campus of Mines.  

My Story

My life before Christ wasn't all that easy. I invested deeply in things that I thought were making me happy, such like friends, my future plans and popularity. I soon began to lose my true identity in all these things, which is first and foremost being a daughter of God. It wasn't until I encountered a Focus Missionary at Eastern Washington University, where she grew in authentic friendship with me, that I truly experienced God's endless love and mercy. With the help of that missionary and Jesus himself, I started to develop a prayer life, entrusting the Lord with everything and anything. The more I invited Jesus to be the center of my life, the more I found true happiness. Soon after, I started leading a bible study, got more involved with our Newman Center, and began growing in deep friendships with other women through discipleship, walking side by side together leading each other to Christ. I found this mission to be so fulfilling  that I decided to join Focus and continue Gods' mission, which is to go out and make disciples of all nations. Now, as a full-time missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. My life has been transformed by Jesus because of one missionary and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. I look to Jesus’ own example to find the best method of reaching the souls at Mines and the world. 

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. As part of Focus, I get the opportunity to raise 100% of my salary, and I would love nothing more than to invite you to invest in this mission with me by joining my support team! Your support will allow me to radically be available to these students and make it possible for me to serve full time! Your prayers are also highly appreciated as well! 

Thank you for your generosity and prayers. Please free to contact me at [email protected] and I would love to meet with you or answer any questions about how to proceed. I also like praying, so if you have any prayer intentions, send them my way! 

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 …