Matt Leffel

  Hey! My name is Matt, and I will be returning to the University of Maine in Orono, Maine for a second year as a FOCUS missionary.  I am from the Eastern Shore of Virginia and I graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in International Studies.  I decided to become a missionary because there was a missionary at Virginia Tech that was there for me when I needed a good friend and he pulled me out of a hard time.  He demonstrated what a life with Christ at the center looked like and it made me desire to live that way as well.  I also wanted to share this new way of life with others on the college campus who may be struggling just like I was.   

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students. You'll typically find me hanging out by the river, in the Newman Center, or kicking a soccer ball around campus. I have a pretty cool story about how Jesus has changed my life, and I think you should hear it sometime! Come find me and I'd love to share it with you.

My Story

As a missionary, one of my greatest desires is to lead all students to Christ. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others.  It was in my junior year when my life was changed after a FOCUS mission trip to Guyana in South America.  While down there I found God and realized I was missing out on something big in life.  The mission trip made me realize that I could be doing so much more to be living out my faith.  After I got back, I got in touch with the FOCUS missionary at Virginia Tech and he really showed me some some ways I could dive deeper into my faith.  I know some of the struggles that some young college men are going through even though it looks like they have it all together.  I want to be able to stretch out a helping hand to pull them back up when they are down.  Also I love the adventure aspect of FOCUS and I am excited to be meeting many new people.  I am really excited to head to Maine and start my mission as a campus missionary. 

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 …