Emily Drozd

Hey! My name's Emily. I'm a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

I will be serving at the University of California, Los Angeles this year, working with college students and inviting them into deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Christ's abundance of love and grace in my own life fills my heart with great joy, and I deeply desire to share that joy with others, especially college students at UCLA. 

My Story

My faith has always been a part of my life. As a "cradle Catholic," I was raised to know the faith and to follow the teachings of the Church but I didn't encounter His intimate, personal love for me until one night in Adoration on a Confirmation retreat. In that moment, I realized that my Lord and my God was right before me, gazing upon me in love. Since that moment, the Lord has drawn me into deeper relationship and intimacy with Him. 

When I decided to attend the University of California, Santa Barbara for my undergraduate education, I became involved with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). One of the FOCUS missionaries invited me to join a bible study, and eventually into one-on-one discipleship. My involvement with FOCUS gave the seeds of faith in my heart the fertile soil to grow and become stronger. The FOCUS missionaries lived freely in the love and peace of Christ, and I desired that in my own life! FOCUS helped me to pursue a life lived in union with our Lord, He calls me to invite others to do the same. 

My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to relationship with Him through 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 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. I've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus. 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. I'd be honored to share this mission with you. Please pray for me and for all students and FOCUS missionaries! 

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 …