James-Russell Davey

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

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Where I serve

My first year as a missionary God called me to serve at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. For my second year on mission God called me to serve as part of the first FOCUS team at the University of Rochester in western New York! I loved serving the students at both of these schools and growing closer to Christ with them. For my third year on staff I am moving to Burlington VT to serve at the University of Vermont!

My Story

I had a plan.  I had had this plan for years and there was no way that it was going to change.  I was going to graduate with a degree in engineering; go on to grad-school; get my masters; and then get a well paying job as an engineer, hopefully working on wind-turbine design. Organized, normal  Well...the first part of my plan happened.  It was my junior year at the University of Maine and  I had been getting back into my faith for a few years and was experiencing more fulfillment that I ever had in years of listening to the world and what it said would make me happy; but there was still something missing that I didn't quite realize. I viewed the faith as, what I call, a Golden Rule-book. Amazing but impersonal.  This is when FOCUS came to my campus and despite all of my resistance they showed me something else.  They showed me a way of living and loving that went beyond the rules because they had an actual relationship with Jesus!  What for years I thought was just a cliché saying was actually the key to true joy!  It was this realization and an incredibly rough semester of college that led me to run into Jesus' arms like a child and choose to trust that He would take care of me, because I certainly couldn't take care of myself.  In the midst of the storm I was going through my decision to trust in Jesus resulted in Him leading me to do this.  To share Him with other college students.  The joy and the peace of trusting Him and having a relationship with Him is something that I want to share and something I want everyone to experience!  After all, it is what we were made for!

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 …