Claire Howington

Hello and welcome to my page! I'm very excited for my second year as a FOCUS missionary! Find out more about what I'll be doing and how you can be a part of my mission below! 

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Where I serve

Jesus has called me to serve college students as a FOCUS missionary at Auburn University in Alabama! I'm so excited about being placed at such a wonderful campus. Last year I enjoyed growing in friendship with many students, leading several bible studies, watching SEC football, and so much more! I'm typically found hanging out on Auburn's beautiful campus, at the Catholic Student Center, in a coffee shop, and spending time with sorority women at various Greek houses. 

My Story

I'm so thankful for the beautiful ways Jesus loved me and called me into a personal relationship with him while I was a student at the University of Texas. Over the past 4 years, he has overflowed my heart with his mercy and I desire to share the unceasing joy he has given me with everyone I'm fortunate enough to encounter! As a missionary, I wish to share Jesus with others so they too can experience fullness of life with him. I want the people I encounter to know their identity and that the Trinity dwells within their hearts. 

While I was a college student at UT I had a life-changing encounter with Jesus that influenced my decision to become a FOCUS missionary. When I started UT in the fall of 2012, I quickly fell in love with the school and all it had to offer! I'd always been a fan of Texas football and the city of Austin. Leaving home was a challenge at first because I no longer had my family, high school friends, track team, and Church to provide me with community and love. I decided to meet new people by rushing my first semester and I ended up joining Alpha Chi Omega. AXO provided me with so many wonderful opportunities for leadership, making friends, and attending fun social events. However, being in Greek life also led me to party excessively throughout my freshman year. I began to make many poor decisions, fell deep into sin, and lost site of Jesus. During spring break I realized that the lifestyle I was living only provided me with temporary happiness and left me feeling empty. When I returned to school after spring break, I met a new group of friends in my sorority that pointed me towards Christ. I began to return to the Church and prayer the following summer thanks to the love and encouragement of my new friends and mother. When I started my sophomore year of college, I signed up for a FOCUS bible study led by a missionary named Maddy. This bible study and friendship with Maddy changed my life! I realized how loved I am by Jesus, experience ceaseless joy, and built authentic friendships. My heart had finally found the peace and grace it was created to receive. 

FOCUS continued to impact me for the remainder of my time at UT. It equipped and encouraged me to lead a bible study in AXO, mentor women, and share Jesus with students on campus. FOCUS Missions gave me the chance to encounter and serve those in physical poverty in West Africa, Peru, and Haiti. My faith has been renewed constantly by the national conferences and retreats FOCUS puts on. I am most thankful for the Christ-centered friendships that have come about through FOCUS. I've been so impacted by the way Jesus worked through FOCUS that I decided to join staff. Becoming a missionary will provide me a chance to share the joy and truth of Christ and His Church. It will enrich our generation with love and purpose through building personal relationships with Jesus and spreading the gospel to the ends of the earth! 

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 will be fundraising my salary completely in order to be radically available to the students in need and in my care. If you are interested in partnering with me on this mission, 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!

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 …