After serving my first two years at The University of Tulsa, God has called me to serve at Vanderbilt University this year. After growing up and going to college in Louisiana (Roll Wave), I am so pumped to be traveling to Tennessee to share my life, culture, food, and faith with others! I love coffee, gifs pronounced with a hard "g", sports, and making friends. You'll typically find me running, watching or attempting to play sports, or just hanging out.
"Have you found Jesus yet, Gump?" -Lt. Dan
"I didn't know I was supposed to be looking for Him, sir." -Forrest Gump
As a missionary, my greatest desire 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 and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. Having grown up as a cradle Catholic though, I do not have that one "conversion moment" that radically changed my life. Early on, I thought I was living a good faith life. I went to Mass, attended confession, and prayed when I was supposed to. In hindsight however, I realize it was only good on the outside. Internally, I was not striving to find God, nor cultivate a relationship with Him. I did not realize that I was missing something, and that I truly needed to go and search for Him.
"My mama always said, 'Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get'" -Forrest Gump
Throughout my first year and a half of college, I started to slip away in my faith. I thought I was doing great! I was going to Mass every weekend, and went to confession when I remembered or felt like it. However, my prayer life went down the drain. As time progressed, I got comfortable with the drinking and party scene, and slowly fell victim to the lies, pain, and suffering of college night life. If it were not for FOCUS, and a specific missionary that chose to intentionally invest in me, I would still be there.
“My Mama always said you’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on.” – Forrest Gump
In the middle of my sophomore year, a FOCUS missionary made an intentional invitation that changed my life. He invested in me, and built me up in my relationship with Jesus. He taught me how to truly pray, he helped me learn how to lead a bible study, convinced me to attend a national conference with 10,000 other Catholic College students, and helped my become a leader in our Catholic community. He, with the help of Christ of course, pulled me up out of the gutters, helped me put my past behind me, and grow in my relationship with God. That simple yes to join a bible study, to enter into friendship with the missionary (and more importantly Jesus), and to strive daily to continuing saying yes transformed my heart and began to lead me to an even bigger yes.
“You have to do the best with what God gave you.” – Mrs. Gump
During the summer between my junior and senior year, I said yes to God's call to travel to the Brazilian Amazon on a mission trip with FOCUS. And, because I said yes to Him, God rocked my socks. I saw true joy like I had never seen before. I saw joy in people, some of the poorest in the world, and was just astounded that people with so little could have so much. I finally realized not just in my mind but in my heart that Jesus is real, and Jesus was alive in these people. In my two weeks in Brazil, I encountered the joy and love of Christ so much, that all I wanted to do was share it with other people. I realized that God was calling me to go on mission for Him. He is calling me to go out and bring Him to college students, just as that FOCUS missionary brought Him to me and changed my life. He wants me to use the gifts and talents He has given me to go out and set the world on fire.
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 have served on campus the past 2 years. 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.
We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.
By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.
We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …