Elyse Cunningham

Hey! My name is Elyse. I'm a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

After graduating from Baylor University, I served at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas for the past two years.  This year, my team and I are headed to Graz, Austria to pioneer one of FOCUS's first international campuses.  Please pray for us as we work towards the re-evangelization of the continent that first brought us the faith!

My Story

Growing up, I was very involved in my parish.  Although I was "doing" all the right things, I thought that God was far away and I could not know Him personally.  My junior year in college, my life began to change.  I met FOCUS missionaries at Baylor who were both faithful, praying a holy hour every day, and zealous, going out of their comfort zones to share the Gospel with students on campus.  The next semester, the Lord extended an invitation to me to leave everything comfortable behind-- my community at Baylor, the FOCUS missionaries who had inspired me so much, family back home, the ministries and academics that were so familiar-- and step out on unknown waters.  There, I experienced that Jesus is alive, that He knows me personally, and that this relationship with Him is the most important thing.  I answered the call to become a missionary after college in order to share with everyone that life with the risen Jesus is the only thing that matters!  It has been a tremendous joy and adventure to share life and the Gospel with the Ravens at Benedictine College and now I am thrilled to go back to the place where Jesus first captured my heart to help Him do the same for others!

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. I've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus. 

Your support enables me to:

  • Live with a team of missionaries near campus
  • Lead weekly Bible studies
  • Train students in prayer and evangelization
  • Invite students to yearly leadership conferences 
  • Go on international mission trips with students (I've been to San Rafael, Argentina and China!)
  • Properly outfit students with Bibles, Catechisms, talks, and other resources

If you are interested in partnering with me, please contact me at [email protected] and let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. 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 …