Caroline Balmer

“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you." - St. John Paul II

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students at The University of Florida with my fiancé, Nick. Go Gators! We have the opportunity to serve these students, leading them closer to Jesus Christ and His Church through personally investing in their lives and empowering them to do the same for others. I invite you to join us on this beautiful adventure! 

My Story

When I was a freshman at Georgia Tech, it was all too easy to get caught up in the typical college lifestyle - finding my identity in academics, my sorority, and my social life. At the end of my freshman year I was shocked at how little fulfillment that year brought me and I went into the summer feeling empty. 

That summer, a friend of mine who was involved as a FOCUS student leader invested deeply in me. She was empowered by her FOCUS missionary to reach out to students in her own life, like me. She loved me and showed me a life that was so much more fulfilling than the way I'd been living. Coming back to campus that fall, I knew I needed to reevaluate my priorities and I dove head first into changing my lifestyle, introducing daily prayer, and getting involved with FOCUS. I joined a bible study and entered into a discipleship relationship with a missionary and 2 of my best friends. The Lord then gave me the gift of the women that He eventually called me to lead in the faith through Bible studies and discipleships. Because of the yes of one FOCUS missionary who invested deeply in my friend, who turned around and invested deeply in me, I am here today (and with my fiancé who eventually became Catholic and then became a FOCUS missionary!). The yes of one person to God's invitation can change countless lives. 

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. 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. 

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. 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 available at 678-471-6986 or [email protected] I'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 …