Brooke Soares

Hello and welcome! My name is Brooke and I am a FOCUS missionary.

"The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action." - St. Mother Teresa

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Where I serve

It is my joy to be serving my second year with FOCUS at the University of Tennessee. You will typically find me hanging out with students on campus, praying in the chapel (or outside if its sunny!), catching up in the coffee shop, learning during bible study, and living daily life with my team. As Mother Teresa taught me, the greatest hunger in this world is not for food, but for Love and arguably some of the most malnourished places are college campuses. As a missionary it is my deepest desire to meet this hunger where it is, in the hearts of our young people, and bring them to encounter the source of Love Himself as someone once did for me. Please enjoy reading part of my story below and I look forward to sharing the rest with you!

My Story

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. When I was a student at the University of Alabama I was a "good" girl. I was active in my sorority, held leadership positions on campus, went to Mass on Sundays, worked hard in and out of class, didn't go out as often as everyone else, and sought to be everyone's friend. I had a deep desire to be known. I wanted more than anything to belong and so I tried to become all things to all people in order to save myself. It wasn't until my junior year of college when a sorority sister of mine entered into my life profoundly that I realized I had it all wrong. That day in early August she crawled under a bathroom stall door to sit with me as I cried on the floor, encountered me in genuine friendship and spoke truth to my heart. I thought I was doing everything right. Then why did I feel so empty? It was then that I realized that I was building my life upon a lot of good things, but not the greatest thing. This woman, beautiful inside and out, not only invited me into friendship with her and other virtuous men and women, introduced me to the missionaries, and taught me to pray, but she brought me into the most important relationship of my life: my relationship with God the Father.

Up until my junior year, my pursuit of being loved, while I might have said was rooted in God, was really rooted in myself and others' acceptance of me. It was not until I understood His unconditional, unchanging love for me personally that I truly found the happiness I was seeking. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy and freedom 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. As I look to Jesus’ example of love, and that of my friends', I recognize that God never wanted me to be all things to all people in order to save myself. By His grace, He is the only remedy for my soul. He now calls me to be all things to all people in order that they may know Him, the one true God and answer to all they desire.

Our God is a good Father and in His goodness He made us for relationship not only with Him but others as well. As a missionary I get to encounter the college student I once was, love them where they are at, help them build their life upon the most important relationship, and teach them to do that for others.

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. Trusting in God to provide through the generosity of others, I cannot serve alone. 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 am always available at [email protected] and (408) 316-2344. I'd be honored to share this mission with you.

Let's be compassion in action and serve together on mission. Thank 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 …