Where I serve
God has called me to serve college students on the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. It is a beautiful campus with a diverse, inclusive and passionate student body. Located one mile from the ocean in one direction and an ice rink in the other, and surrounded by numerous hiking trails, being a missionary in Bellingham is bound to be a beautiful and epic adventure.
I grew up in the heart of the Silicon Valley thinking that athletic and intellectual success, money, award titles, and having multiple degrees was surely the way to a fulfilling life. The children of my community grew up in a city where drug use among 14-year-olds was common to perform better in their academic pursuits and students woke up daily wondering if that day another classmate would commit suicide.
It wasn't until I entered college at The University of California, Berkeley that I realized that the environment of my upbringing led me to believe that health and happiness were always second to working hard and sacrificing for my future. Although I recognized this issue, I figured I could just push through the unfulfillment and exhaustion with the same mentality until graduation four years later. Fortunately, I broke before this could happen. I finally allowed myself to start asking questions like, "what do you want out of life"? and "what makes you, not the world, happy"? In this self examination, I started to realize that I wasn't quite sure what I was living for. One particular evening, I prayed through my tears, "Lord, please set my soul on fire with something" because this heartache, emptiness and loneliness cannot be all that life has to offer.
Shortly after, the Lord sent me on a mission trip with with FOCUS missionaries from across the nation. When I met these missionaries, I couldn't help but admire their joy-- it was authentic and unrestrained. They intimately knew Jesus and knew what they were living for. FOCUS missionaries showed me a new way to live-- one that does not consist of me constantly grasping for the next worldly success and achievement. They spoke truth in to my heart and allowed Jesus to set free the lies I had been chained to. Meeting missionaries allowed for Jesus to restore love and meaning to my life.
Mother Teresa said, "The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved". It is for this reason that FOCUS serves on the battleground that is college campuses in the United States. I am going on mission to love young people in the midst of the most formative, challenging, impactful and often lonely years of their lives. I want to renew this generation and break free many people from the chains of the created ideals of perfection and worldly defined success, all while empowering youth to fulfill their potential in life.
As a missionary, my greatest desire is to fight for and uphold the dignity of all by introducing others to the person of Jesus Christ. In today's very broken world, I want to be an instrument of peace-- an instrument that allows Christ's love and mercy to penetrate the mind, bodies and souls of college students. My life has been completely transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. I look to Jesus’ own example to find the best method of reaching the world; our world, your children's, parent's and sibling's world. We can't fight for this generation tomorrow. Now, more than ever, we need to radically transform the world. I fiercely believe FOCUS will do that.
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. Jesus calls each of us to a specific mission in life. Without a doubt, being a FOCUS missionary is currently mine. 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.