Josh Burks

"By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples" John 15:8

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Where we serve

God has graciously called Elizabeth and I to serve a third year here at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD.  For the past two years I have been a campus missionary at SDSU and will now transition into the role of Team Director in my third year for our FOCUS Team.  From not knowing the existence of Brookings, SD to becoming a third year Jackrabbit, the Lord has been providential through it all.  We continue to learn so much and grow closer to Christ through all of our students.  Liz and I are blessed to serve Christ in this mission for another year at SDSU.  

Our Story

In the spring of my junior year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Honduras to serve a local school and orphange with fellow UNL Greek students. The love, grace, and happiness that I experienced on that trip was so great that it shook me and never let me go for a single day after. Everyday after that trip my heart would burn with the memories of when I truly met Jesus Christ for the first time.  My heart was so moved by this profound encounter, that I had no other choice than to immerse myself into serving Christ however I can, not just in FOCUS, but for the rest of my life.


I now find myself as a third year missionary immersed in Christ's heart to bring these young adults back to Him.  I couldn't imagine this mission any different than without my wife Elizabeth and my son Elijah.  My vocation makes me a better missionary and my mission makes me a better husband and father.  

Your Impact

"Go and make disciples of all nations..." Matthew 28: 18-20

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, Elizabeth and I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help us through this mission. We have been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with us as we serve on campus.  If you are interested in partnering with us and taking a new step towards encountering Christ, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I would love to get in touch with you. My wife, Elizabeth, and I would 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 …