Where I serve
I desire to do something great with my life. Nothing could be greater or more meaningful than sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a hungry world. I’ve never experienced anything more gratifying than seeing people understand, perhaps for the first time, that God loves them and loves them very deeply. I believe that God is raising up an army of “wounded healers”: men and women, though wounded, who have found healing, real mercy for their own sinfulness, and abundant life in Christ. They therefore desire nothing more than to share the treasure they have found with the world. I want to be one of them. I’ve discovered God has given me a talent for it, and I don’t intend to waste it. I choose to serve because God is real; His mercy is real; Heaven and healing and sanctity are all real. I want the world to know that!
I was captured by the love and joy of Christians living out their faith in high school. Their example inspired me to let go of a long cycle of sin that had, up to that point, left me unsatisfied and yearning for more. I found myself in a confessional in my junior year of high school. Because of the kindness of a priest that day, I heard phrases like “God loves you” as if I had never heard them before — as if they were true. It was shortly after that I fell in love with high school ministry. I’ve since staffed over 20 retreats, served as a youth mentor in two different parishes, and even spent a summer as a missionary with Life Teen. I saw God do in these teens what He had done in me in powerful ways and I was hooked. In college, I spent time in several peer ministries and even started a new ministry focused on evangelizing on campus. A FOCUS missionary found me during this time. I learned about the power of one-on-one relationships and authentic friendships in ministry and was taken aback. During the final three semesters of college, I ran a FOCUS bible study and personally discipled three men. I could see the change in them, and I knew that it was changing me. I desired to change more, which has led me into full-time missionary work with FOCUS.
At the end of the summer before my senior year, I sat across the table from the CEO of the mid-sized software consulting firm that I had interned at for the past few months. He asked me a question I won’t soon forget: “you love Jesus, don’t you kid?” I had recently turned down the opportunity to work full time for that company with a full-time salary upon graduation. Answering him, I laughed and confessed that I did,and that I felt called elsewhere. He smiled. As a missionary, I am blessed with the task of raising my own support in order to carry out this work. I am always looking for more people to partner with to make this world-changing ministry possible. I absolutely love sharing my experiences with others and getting to know my mission partners. If you are interested in hearing more about what I do for FOCUS and potentially supporting me in this endeavor, please reach out to me, and I will gratefully contact you to set up an appointment. Thank you so much for your support!