Emily Ritchie

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

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky!

My Story

Although I was blessed to grow up in a loving, Catholic family, in high school I remember finding controversy between choosing what I knew was right and doing what it seemed that everyone else was doing. At this time, I defined myself by the opinions of others and did whatever it took to keep up and fit in. This idea continued through college, and I remember feeling very divided and never fully satisfied with who I was, because I was constantly striving to be someone other than who I was made to be. During my junior year of college at Oklahoma State, a friend talked me into going to a FOCUS Bible study. Choosing to tag along, I remember feeling slowly filled up with the Word of God, but little did I know how those words were radically changing my heart. Showing up to Bible study, being invested in by those who saw who God was calling me to be, and participating in the sacraments of the church made me feel more alive than I had ever felt before. With time and God’s grace, my heart was finally able to see that God made me to be His daughter and nothing less. Knowing and continuing to discover this love has lit a fire in me to share it with others. Every person needs to know that this love exists and to experience it for themselves. I can’t think of a better place to start than the college campus where students are impacted more and more by the brokenness of 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.

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 …