Laura Scharmer

Hola! My name's Laura. I'm a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

I serve as a Senior Manager of Missions Operations for FOCUS Missions, a division of FOCUS which sends college students to the ends of the earth to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and serve Him in the poorest of the poor. FOCUS Missions plays a vital role in deepening college students' relationships with Jesus Christ and furthering the Gospel both on American college campuses and all over the world. In addition to my work with FOCUS, I also recently earned my Master's Degree in International Development at the University of Denver, a degree which I hope to use to improve our work in FOCUS Missions. 

Our catechism class in Indonesia.  For two weeks we taught over 90 kids about the love of God.

I previously served for three years on campus at Columbia University in New York City, two years as the Team Director.

My Story

The American college campus is one of the most influential places of our time. It is there that the future leaders of our nation and our world are being formed. Furthermore, it is in college that people choose to embrace their faith or reject it, and it is a place where students are faced daily with moral opposition and attacks on chastity, sobriety, modesty, and virtue.  Because of this, nine out of ten people lose their Catholic faith in college. Nine out of ten are choosing to chase after success or pleasure rather than eternal life and end up serving someone or something other than God.

It was in college that I encountered the person of Jesus Christ. I want to return to Christ that which I received from Him through the missionaries and mentors He placed in my life. I have been blessed with the knowledge of the love of Christ, and therefore I am responsible. For this reason, I have chosen to be a part of this mission to make disciples of all nations for more than 6 years now.

Your Impact

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely completely 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 in this apostolate. If you are interested in partnering with me, please considering joining me with a monthly gift by clicking "Support Laura" above.  Thank you, and God bless!

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 …