Jacob Ecklund

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Where I serve

The past two years I have served as a missionary at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in downtown Indy, and I am excited for the chance to continue to meet and serve students there for a third year! Go Jags!

If you're interested in joining a bible study feel free to text, call, or send me an email!

Here's a few of my teammates and our students at IUPUI's annual Regatta (a canoe race on the canal).

My Story

My freshman year of college at WSU I really struggled. I was overwhelmed with classes, struggling with anxiety, and didn't make many friends. My sophomore year on campus I finally broke down and got involved with the church on campus. I ended up making some great friends and growing in my faith. However, once I graduated college and lost that community I stopped putting in the effort to grow in virtue and in my faith. I became lukewarm.

After doing some traveling, I got a job as a chemist. I worked in the lab 8 hours a day in a windowless room, alone about half the time, running fairly repetitive tests on samples. To pass the time I listened to a lot of podcasts. I ran into a few Catholic podcasts, and realized I had a lot of unanswered questions about the faith. Soon, Catholic podcasts were all I was listening to. I reached a point where I was convinced that Jesus, the Son of God, started the Catholic Church, and what it taught was true. I realized that God is love, and He poured His love out upon me by sending His Son to save me. I realized that God didn't create me to have Him as just a part of my life, but to be at the center of it. As St. Augustine says "You made us for yourself O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you." 

I began trying to put God at the center of my life. I started going to confession on a regular basis, for the first time in my life. I was experiencing God's love for me in a new, deeper way, and I wanted to share that with others. I started volunteering at my parish's youth group, but soon felt God was calling me to do more. 

A friend of mine became a missionary the year before I did, and he told me about FOCUS. I thought it was a very cool mission, but when he told me he thought I should become a missionary I laughed and said no. The joke was on me though, because the more I learned about FOCUS in the months that followed, the more I began to see it line up with what I felt God calling me to do: to follow Him and share His love with others. 

I've been blessed to do get the chance to do that the last two years through bible studies, mentorship, camping trips, mission trips, and becoming friends with students on campus. It's been amazing getting the chance to see how God is working in people's lives, and an honor to be a part of it! 

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'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 …