Martin Hanley

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Where I serve

This is my first year as a FOCUS missionary.  I currently serve at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.  DePauw is a small, private Liberal Arts college in western Indiana with approximately 2300 students.  They are well known for their school of music and produce many students who go on to become doctors, lawyers, business owners and other influential leaders in the world.

My Story

I have always been Catholic and it has been very important to me to learn my faith.  As I went through high school and college I learned more about my faith, but it was hard to put it into practice.  Christ and His Church were in my head, but not in my heart.  After graduating from Purdue University I joined the Navy, got married to my wife Emily, and moved to Pensacola, FL to begin pilot training for the Navy.  Not surprisingly pilot training was difficult and I found myself turning to God in prayer more than ever before.  Through my prayers (and plenty of talking with my wife) I decided I was not meant to be a pilot for the Navy and I left training.  After that leap of faith my own personal faith grew in new and exciting ways.  I went on a retreat, taught religious education, went to confession for the first time in many years, and developed a prayer life.  For the first time in my life Jesus Christ was more than just something I knew lots of things about, He was a person I had come to know and desired to draw closer to.  My life had completely changed and I wanted others to share in my joy and peace.  It was around this time that I first learned about FOCUS.  Serving as a missionary stayed in the back of my mind for a few years until I finally decided to apply to become a missionary.  Not long after that I was off on an interview weekend, then at New Staff Training, then moving back to Indiana.  God prepared me for this exciting journey and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for me.

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.  The mission of FOCUS cannot succeed without missionaries on campuses and a team of partners in that mission supporting them.  I am so grateful for the support I have received from my mission partners.  Words cannot describe how thankful and humbled I am by those that support me and all the other FOCUS missionaries.  God cannot be outdone in generosity.  If you are called to support the mission of FOCUS or would like to learn more about what FOCUS does, please contact me.

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 …