Joe Herder

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

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Where I serve

Throughout my college years at UMD God began to win my heart as he showed me what it was like to live a life loving and serving Him. This past year God called me to give more and become a FOCUS missionary. Entering my first year as a missionary I will be serving at the University of Nebraska Kearney. There will be a team of 5 of us seeking to bring the Gospel of Christ to college students as we seek to develop authentic friendships and lead souls to Christ.

My Story

As a kid I was always driven in my athletics with the dream of playing college sports. Upon going to St. Johns University my freshman year I became a part of the football team and began living the “college” life that I always had thought would make me happy. Several months into the semester I was overcome with a terrible sense of loneliness and discontentment. Seeking happiness I decided to transfer to the University of Minnesota Duluth. About a month into the semester I was invited to mass, and soon after a bible study. As weeks went by I was shown how to pray, what was going on at the mass, how to read scripture, and my heart was absolutely captivated by Christ and His love. I parted from my past ways of life and began to live all for God, and there I found an abiding sense of peace and joy beyond anything else I had ever experienced. In God's mercy He pulled me out of the darkness and led me to him, and now as a FOCUS missionary I strive to be a light of Christ who encourages and leads college students who may be struggling to find meaning and true purpose in their lives to seek out the one true source of joy in Jesus Christ.

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. May God bless you and your loved ones!

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 …