Evan Collins

Hello! My name is Evan and I serve as a missionary at Benedictine College. Jesus changed my life forever in college and now I want to help others know Him and love Him. It would be a privilege to have you join me in this adventure.

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Where I serve

The Church's missionary mandate has inspired countless amazing missionary efforts that have changed the world and brought the gospel to all people. Jesus has given me the same missionary call today to serve college students in one of the most exotic parts of the world... Kansas. But in all seriousness, I could not be happier to participate in the Great Commission at Benedictine College, teaching students about the Lord and growing deeper in faith with them. All alongside the support and prayers of wonderful individuals and families like ya'll (am I saying that right?)

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Jesus Christ giving "The Great Commission"

I love being on campus with the students. From the caf and coffee shops to the study rooms and chapels I pretty much reside anywhere and everywhere the Lord (or students) take me! Its been an incredible adventure walking alongside these men as they grow in their relationship with Jesus through bible studies where they deepen their love of the Word of God and each other, men's groups where they find healing from their struggles and brotherhood, and all the amazing hangouts we have where we just have such authentic friendships that bring us all closer with Jesus. 

I have a pretty great story about how Jesus has changed, transformed, and blessed my life... I think you would love it if you heard it, so let me share it with you sometime! Reach out to me in person, phone, carrier pigeon, or smoke signal and I'd love to share it with you. 

My Story

If the story is mine, then it is only because God is the author of it. My story, like many and probably yours, has lots of ups and downs ebbs and flows and a few crucial moments. I had a similar upbringing as many of you. I was given good practical values and a strong set of morals. But, at the same time, I was pumped full of the lies of the world on what "happiness" was and distracted from the deepest longings of my heart due to the influences of culture and entertainment in my life. 

I spent most of my high school and the beginning of college rejecting the Lord, His plans for me, and basically living in what I considered to be the ideal life the world had to offer, but that all changed in college when I encountered Jesus. Unlike many other testimonies, it wasn't a moment of deep emotional cries and superb dramatic location with matching mood lighting and a triumphant declaration of Jesus' divinity (though that would have been awesome). It was actually in the still small voice of my studies. I honestly wanted to know what was true in college no matter where the truth led me. Through philosophy and a deep study of religion, I came to the conclusion (both in my mind and my heart) that the Lord became incarnate, was crucified, rose again, and established a Church to get us all to heaven with Him. 

During my senior year of college, I met FOCUS missionaries on my campus. They became my closest friends. They helped me see the Lord as deeply transcendent, deeply personal, and incredibly loving. As we grew in friendship my zeal for the Gospel and bringing this same healing that I had encountered with Jesus to others increased. I was asked over a beer if I would give being a FOCUS missionary a shot. Praise God I said yes! Who would have known that Guinness would be the start of such an amazing adventure? 

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 joyful transformation and living 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. What it looks like I call the Little Way of Evangelization. The recipe is authentic friendship, divine intimacy, and clarity and conviction about the mission of Jesus. I've been constantly amazed by the different souls I've encountered on campus, the students the Lord is calling to lead others in their faith, and the myriad ways Christ can change a life forever.

Your Impact

Jesus says to many who are eager to participate in the Great Commission, "Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you." (Mark 5:19) But this does not mean that the Lord doesn't have mission in mind for your life.  

 Some give to the missions by going, others go by giving

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I said yes to following Jesus Christ in a radical way by being a full-time missionary. Part of this is that I rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to sponsor me as I give of myself entirely to the students I serve. I've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me through supporting me financially and prayerfully as I serve on campus. 

Support raising has been one of the most tangible ways God has shown his faithfulness to me on mission. If this mission or my story inspires you in any way, I want to talk to you! Please reach out to me personally either by phone 314-724-3181 or through email at [email protected] It would be a privilege to have you partner with me in this life-changing mission! 

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 …