Aaron and Monica Hingst

We are the Hingsts and we are FOCUS missionaries at Northern State University!

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Where we serve

God has called us to serve college students. We will be serving on the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. 

Our Story

Aaron:   Coming to campus at North Dakota State University my freshman year of college my faith was dwindling and as a result my practice of the faith had nearly stopped. Early on in my college experience I began to get involved in the party lifestyle and the negative culture surrounding it. Although I thought this would bring happiness it only brought on loneliness and shame. It was at this time that a FOCUS missionary invited me into a Bible study. Not only through this Bible study, but through his friendship did I begin to come back to the faith. Once I got a taste of the goodness and beauty the Church I realized holiness was the greatest adventure I could take part in. Not only did I want this for myself, but to lead others to the same goodness I had discovered and how much our society perverts true goodness and beauty. It was from this that a missionary invited me to lead a Bible study and mentor other students as he had done with me. My desire to become a missionary came from this invitation.

Monica: Coming to NDSU at the start of my freshman year, I knew that I wanted to continue to grow in my faith at college. The first few weeks, I set aside time to go to daily mass and pray. But as the semester continued this was happening less and less. I found myself lonely and searching for community. I started to recognize the relationships I had formed were slowing pulling me away from the Church. Around this time, a student involved in FOCUS invited me to attend a conference SEEK in San Antonio Texas! It was at this conference I experienced the vibrant community of the Church and met friends that encouraged me to pursue the Lord wholeheartedly. One of these friends who is now a FOCUS missionary started to very deeply invest in me and  it was through her guidance and friendship I dove deep into a relationship with God. She invited me into her Bible study and then helped me start my own Bible study to lead other woman to God in the same way she guided me. 

Aaron and I met at a formal put on by our Newman Center and through leading a retreat together we got to know each other even more. Not long after did we start dating and on May 23, 2020 we got married! During our engagement we discerned the call to mission with FOCUS together and to give the first years of our marriage to the service of God and the building up of family life and marriage within a society that it has become so broken.

Your Impact

When we answered the call to join FOCUS, we made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help us through this mission. If you are interested in partnering with us, please let us know of the best way to reach you and we will schedule an appointment. We'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 …