Where we serve
God has commissioned me to make disciples of all men (Matthew 28:19), winning over their hearts for Christ and His Church. As FOCUS missionaries, we fulfill that divine exhortation on the mind-forming battle field that is the college or university campus. We have many campuses hosting FOCUS mission teams in the U.S. My wife and I with our daughter, Thérèse (born 7/4/2017), have been asked to serve at Western Washington University. I have every hope of fulfilling in the students I will encounter at WWU the admonition of St. Paul who says, "be not conformed to this world; but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God (Romans 12:2)." That 'newness' is none other than the gospel message, a message of salvation, a message of healing, a message of hope.
In fact, that mind-forming environment which is the college campus is and has been near to my heart. Just this past year I was on track to complete a master's degree in philosophy, hoping to continue on to doctoral studies, and with high aspirations of influencing college students in the classroom as a tenured professor of philosophy. Evidently, Divine Providence has stepped in and altered my course, but I dare say for the better.
You see, 'disciple' comes to us from the Latin discipulus meaning 'student', and 'philosophy' from the Greek philosophia meaning 'the love of wisdom'. As a missionary, therefore, I aspire to impart to students that love of Wisdom -- Christ Wisdom -- about which St. Louis Marie de Montfort once wrote, "This knowledge of eternal Wisdom is not only the most noble and the most consoling of all, it is also the most useful and the most necessary since eternal life consists in knowing God and Jesus Christ, his Son." It is this Wisdom which renders all the world's philosophies vain (Colossians 2:9), and which St. Paul says is foolishness to Jew and Greek, but to us, is the power and glory of God (1 Corinthians 1:23,24). And it is this Wisdom in which future students, disciples, will find transformation and purpose, not in the classroom of worldly and ephemeral knowledge but in the school of God's eternal Wisdom and Truth. My call to mission work on the campus is, then, not a break from a life of learning and teaching, but an extraordinary fulfillment of the pursuit of universal truth and wisdom, which is after all, the meaning of philosophy.
I'd love to share more with you about my passion for saving souls though the love and wisdom of Our Lord Jesus Christ. If you want to hear the rest of my story, let's meet sometime. Contact me at [email protected] and we'll set something up. And lastly,
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 prepare to serve on campus. Again, If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will set up a time to meet with you, share my story, and invite your support. I'd be honored to share this mission with you.