Jessica Martinez

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

“The most beautiful and stirring adventure that can happen to you is the personal meeting with Jesus, who is the only one who gives real meaning to our lives.” -St. John Paul II

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Where I serve

I'm very excited to be returning for my second year to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado! I'm so thankful for the opportunity to serve the students of CSU and the community at Saint John XXIII for another year; it truly is a GIFT! LET'S GO RAMS!

Meet the team: Jordan and Andrew Gogl, Peyton Chipman, Patrick McNulty,  Katy Long, myself and Dylan Jedlovec. 

My Story

"Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” -Pope Saint John Paul II  

Before I had a relationship with Jesus Christ, I was a lot like St. Peter- I was fishing for life and was coming up with an empty net. There were many beautiful and good things in my life, but over all I lacked a true sense of meaning and purpose, and I was never fully satisfied with anything. With the help of a FOCUS missionary, I began pursuing a relationship with Jesus, and over time, I found a happiness that didn't fade, a true joy from knowing my identity as a beloved daughter of God. Since then, with the help of endless grace from God, I have been working on living a life worth pursuing, a life reflecting Jesus Christ to whomever and wherever I go. This relationship with Christ hasn't always been an easy one, but it has been the most fulfilling, and most exciting journey of my life. If you would like to know more about my story, please feel free to contact me.

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all people to Christ, but my focus (pun-intended) is working with college students. Never have I been more convicted of the message of love and mercy of the Gospel, and never have I been more convicted of sharing that message with the world through my job as a missionary. This generation aches to be known and loved, and looks for it in all the wrong places. My own life was transformed by Jesus during my college years and I want nothing more than to bring this joy and peace to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. As Pope Francis says, "For if we received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?". 

 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, so that they may to come to know the depth of His love for them. 

(With some of the students whom I have the privilege of working with!)

Soy del gran estado de TEXAS, y estudié en la Universidad del North Texas en Denton. Primero encontré a Jesús como estudiante de escuela secundaria, pero no empecé a tener una relación personal con Él hasta mi tiempo en UNT; Con la ayuda de una misionera maravillosa que desafió mi forma de vida, comencé a hacer grandes cambios externamente, y finalmente, mi corazón empezó a cambiar también. Me encantaría compartir mi historia con usted alguna vez, así que por favor no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo! 

 Como misionera, mi mayor deseo es llevar a todas las personas a Cristo, pero mi enfoque está trabajando con estudiantes universitarios. Mi vida fue transformada por Jesús durante mis años de colegio y no quiero nada más que llevar esta alegría y paz a otros e introducirlos en el mensaje cambiante de la vida del Evangelio. En Su ministerio en la tierra, Jesús se humilló a sí mismo para encontrarse con nosotros en nuestro nivel, asumiendo nuestra humanidad, y pasó la mayor parte de Su tiempo invirtiendo profundamente en unos pocos. Miro al propio ejemplo de Jesús para encontrar el mejor método para alcanzar el mundo.

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. My email is [email protected] I'd be honored to share this mission with you! 

Cuando respondí la llamada para unirme a FOCUS, tomé la decisión de confiar en el apoyo espiritual y financiero de misioneros para ayudarme en esta misión. He sido bendecida con la gente más increíble que han viajado conmigo mientras sirvo en el campus. Si está interesado en colaborar conmigo, por favor dime la mejor manera de comunicarse con usted y haremos una cita. Mi correo electrónico es [email protected] ¡Me encantaría compartir esta misión con usted! 

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 …