Jake Shonka

Hey! My name's Jake. I'm a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

Our family is excited to serve at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri!  My wife, Cortny, and I have been blessed with four children: Philomena, Fulton, Lucia, and Bethany.  We love opening up our home to students.  Family dinners often include our teammates and students.  All are welcome!

My Story

Jesus Christ is truly present in the Eucharist.  This realization changed my life and is the major reason I am a missionary today.  I want others to experience the love and mercy of Jesus.  He is waiting for our 'yes'.  This ministry has helped me to grow in my own relationship with Jesus and I have had the remarkable opportunity to play a part in others journey, as well.  I am continually being formed as a disciple of Christ.  It is humbling to lead students on campus and I am so grateful.

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 …