Franco Watts

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Where I serve

This is my third year as a FOCUS missionary, and this year God has led me to be the Team Director at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri! Stories shape cultures and can change the world, and Mizzou is one of the top schools in the nation for Journalism. At Mizzou, students will have the opportunity to utilize their skills and their platform to proclaim the truth into the world or to present ideas for the sake of personal notoriety adding to the chaos of the stories being told in our world today. The greatest story ever told is the Gospel; the true story that God is love, He made you and me out of His love so that we could have a intimate loving relationship with Him, we have broken and continue to break this relationship when we sin, but He loves us so much that He sent Jesus to repair and restore our relationship with Him that we might receive His love and learn to be the sons and daughters He made us to be, through all of our brokenness, and He invites us to say yes to him and to follow him everyday. This is the story that has transformed my life, and this is the story that I want the world to know. I believe that the University of Missouri is a great place to start.

My Story

I grew up in a Catholic family going through public education in Murrieta, California. My family helped me to trust God with my life ever since I was a child, but when I was a junior in high school preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation at my parish, I realized how real Jesus is and how powerfully He loves me. From then on I felt convicted to live out the identity that God has given me as His son.

For my undergraduate degree I went to California State University, Fullerton, and received my degree in Cinema and Television Arts. During college, the Lord opened up a number of opportunities for me - I was an RA for two years, I joined a fraternity my sophomore year, I studied in Italy for 3 months, and I went on a mission trip to serve the poor in Mexico City. Through these experiences, Jesus formed my heart to desire to love all of His diverse people. He helped me to recognize that just as I need to experience His love, forgiveness, and healing in my life in unique ways, every person has a unique story and specific places in their lives and hearts that Jesus desires to renew. Meditating on how St. Teresa of Avila says that Jesus has "no hands, no feet on earth but yours, [...] yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world," I realized that part of my God-given purpose is to actively let Him love His people through me.

One group that struck my heart significantly as an undergrad was the Greek community. Fraternity and sorority students are some of the most driven people on the college campus who strive for success and want to leave a mark on campus and everywhere else they go. At the same time, the Greek system is a community where so many students seek fulfillment and pursue relationships in the wrong places and in the wrong ways.

My junior year, some fellow Greeks and I started a Christian Greek ministry in order to foster a community for Greeks to encounter Jesus. IT WAS AWESOME! Jesus transformed so many lives and brought so much hope to the Greek system on my campus through that ministry, and it was amazing to be a part of that. 

My last semester of my senior year was when I was first exposed to FOCUS. My fraternity brother invited me to a FOCUS bible study, and a couple weeks later I was invited to go on a mission trip. This mission trip to Mexico City was specifically an all-Greek mission trip with students from four different schools, and I felt the Lord calling my name to go with them. That mission trip was the first time in my life that I encountered Catholics my age who loved and were excited about Jesus, and who just wanted to serve Him. IT BLEW MY MIND THAT THESE PEOPLE EXISTED! 

A year after I graduated, I felt a strong call from the Lord to discern joining FOCUS. Soon enough, that discernment turned into a life-changing decision, and now I am so happy and blessed to be serving our Lord with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students!

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. If you are interested in partnering with me in this vital mission, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment with you. I'd be honored if we could partner on this mission together! My email is: [email protected]

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