Where we serve
(Carla) As the National Area Program Director, I support FOCUS's Executive Consultant and the Director of Varsity Catholic in their various departmental projects and administrative needs. This role can be best described as being a "missionary to the missionaries". I am part of the Lifelong Mission Team which includes the Parish Outreach, Alumni Mobilization, and Digital Outreach departments. Though my responsibilities are wide in scope, my responsibilities include data and project management, scheduling, preparing various quarterly reports, and caring for our Parish Missionaries. I am grateful to be able to serve these leaders and missionaries through my role, and contribute to the mission of proclaiming our Lord Jesus Christ from a back support point-of-view.
In 2016, Josh felt a strong call from the Lord for us to become FOCUS missionaries, after attending World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland with FOCUS. We saw the joy, and freedom the missionary families lived in sharing the Gospel, and we also desired to witness to others our beautiful marriage vocation. We were placed at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA in our first two years, and we hoped that our striving to live a Christ-centered family life was an encouraging witness to the students there.
(Carla's Personal Story) From the country where I was born (the Philippines) and raised in until I was 15, to the country where I finished high school and completed my undergrad (Canada), and finally the country where I moved to and now reside in to be with my husband and start a family (USA), the Lord has been following my heart and loving it completely. As I searched for something deeper and more meaningful in the midst of my studies, I encountered Jesus Christ through the Holy Eucharist in Adoration. My experience of his love was so profound; it brought me utter joy and peace knowing my true purpose on this side is to constantly open my heart to receive his graces so I can be closer in union with Him and the Father in heaven. Alas, this LOVE was too big, too great, too overwhelming that I desire for others to encounter Him in a profound, life-changing way as well. So here I am, hoping to do what I was meant to do so I can be who I am meant to be in Christ Jesus, my Lord!
When we answered the call to join FOCUS, we made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help us through this mission. We've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with us in the past three years as we serve the mission of Jesus Christ. If you are interested in partnering with us, please email Carla at [email protected]. We'd be honored to share this mission with you and let you know how you can support our family.