Corey Kibbel

"Don't be the star of your own life. Let Jesus Christ be the star, and you be the best supporting actor." - Curtis Martin

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Where I serve

I am heading to Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky for my fourth year on staff. I will be taking on a new role as the Team Director for the campus and am very excited to be leading Lauren, Morgan, Paul, and his wife Ashlyn. Paul and Ashlyn have a two-year-old, Pia, and a newborn, Luke, and, while I'm sure many new challenges will come, I'm really looking forward to having young kids present. At Murray, we will be working in concert with the Newman Center and the campus minister there, Alex. She was a student at Murray and was heavily involved with FOCUS even then. As a team, we will be welcoming a new chaplain, Fr. Josh, and I can't wait to learn the campus and students alongside him!

My Story

As with most young people today, I did not personally know Jesus when starting college. Upon arriving at the University of Minnesota, I promptly stopped going to church as my faith was not my own, I had simply been living obedience to my parents. This continued for a few years and I began to recognize profound loneliness and brokenness taking root in my life. It was not until moving to Nacogdoches, Texas to complete my degree at Stephen F. Austin State University that fully understood the consequences of leaving the church. Frankly, I was miserable. 

After about a year attending SFA, I was invited to attend their weekly event, promising free food and fellowship. I attended for a few weeks, but was not committed and certainly was not praying. At this time, I met a FOCUS missionary, Herman. He began inviting me into his life and teaching me what it meant to be a son to God the Father. He taught me to pray and opened the teachings of the church to me. I began to have hope again. 

Herman eventually invited me to live mission as Jesus commands in his Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). He taught me how to lead other men in a Bible study and coached me through teaching others to pray. Eventually, Herman invited me to apply for staff with FOCUS. Initially, I refused him. After a few weeks of praying about it, I decided an application wouldn't hurt and that I could always reject an offer after. However, after attending a recruitment weekend and after a few more weeks of discernment, I chose to join FOCUS as a missionary so that I could provide to other men what I had so badly needed as a college student. 

As a FOCUS missionary, my primary focus is to invest in discipleship relationships with other men who have been formally asked to live mission, to live evangelization. Outside of this, I lead Bible studies, help to plan campus events, speak to groups of students, and just generally live life with the students I am serving. I strive to allow the Holy Spirit to guide my daily actions on campus and inform the conversations I am to have with students. 

I will be drawing heavily on experience gained in three years serving at Georgia College. I think that the skills I accrued there will help me greatly in meeting new students and helping them to dive deeply, quickly. It will be interesting being the new face in an already established ministry, but the departing staff have already been helpful in the transition.

Your Impact

As a FOCUS missionary, I rely on the financial and spiritual support of others so that I can live mission full-time. Investing in college students demands radical availability and full commitment to planning intentional interactions with them. I simply would not have the time nor energy to work for the Kingdom in this way if I was also working a job. Just as Saint Paul and the Apostles did, I am living to spread the Gospel to the poor in spirit and am supported by others who are just as committed to bringing college students to Jesus Christ as I am. The patron saint of missionaries, Saint Therese of Lisieux, was a cloistered nun. She never left her convent, but through the power of her intercession, she was able to live a radical, saintly missionary life. She said, "some give by going, others go by giving." Most modern Americans simply do not have the ability to leave their settled lives to bring Jesus to college students. I have the opportunity to "give by going" and would love if you would join me on mission and "go by giving."

Please do not hesitate to call or email me if you are more interested in what I am doing at Murray State, you are interested in joining me on mission, or if you need resources in order to live a radical, missionary life in your home parish. I can be reached at (651) 341-1783 by call or text or at [email protected]

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