Joshua Fons

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

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Where I serve

Growing up in Michigan, and going to college in Minnesota, God thought it would be funny to send me to the only place further north: North Dakota State University! I am incredibly excited to be spending a second year in the great city of Fargo! I spend most of my time working with men on the Track, Basketball, and Football teams, as part of Varsity Catholic, FOCUS's Athlete Outreach. It is an amazing thing to see these men seek to follow Jesus Christ while competing at the highest level of their sport.

                          Some of the great men in Discipleship at NDSU.

My Story

Every since I encountered Jesus Christ in 7th grade, I have desired to be a missionary. But in 7th grade, standing up in front of people and talking to them about Jesus was up there above “death” on my list of greatest fears. And so, I kept quiet, until my junior year of High School, when the Lord gave me the trust to stand up and be a leader in my high school and at my parish. I can only say that this new found zeal and trust was an incredible gift of God. This also gave me to the courage to follow the Lord’s call for me to enter Seminary and discern the priesthood. Seeking God’s will for my life, I spent 4 years at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, MN. It was an incredible transforming 4 years, in which I fell more deeply in love with the Lord, grew as a man of virtue and as a leader, and experienced the Church in a new and beautiful way. During my last semester there, the spring of 2016, with the help of the formation staff, I discerned that the Lord wasn’t calling me to continue on in seminary formation. So, I asked Jesus, “What do you want for me now?” With the encouragement of a former-seminarian, now-FOCUS Missionary, I looked into serving with FOCUS. As I was praying about it, the Lord brought me back to that original desire of my heart: to be a missionary, to proclaim God’s word to the nations, to be a vessel of the Love of Jesus Christ. And so I said yes.

               On a Varsity Catholic Mission trip in Trinidad, this past May.


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. And so I ask for your prayers and your help as I seek to be the hands and feet of Christ. I really want these men and women to encounter the Love of Christ that has transformed my own life, so that it may transform theirs as well. But this won’t happen without the grace of the Holy Spirit and your prayers and support. Thank you and God Bless!

                                                      My Team at NDSU!


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