Lauren Morris

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

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Where I serve

The Lord has called me to serve the students at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO. Go bearcats!! You'll probably find me drinking Scooter's coffee, hanging out at the Newman Center, or dancing around campus. I have a pretty cool story about how Jesus and His loving gaze has changed my life -- I think you should hear it sometime! Come find me and I'd love to share it with you. :)

My Story

I was blessed to attend Franciscan University for college, surrounded by many young people desiring to live holy lives. However, my freshman year, I quickly bought into the lie the world tells us that we are what we do. For my first two years, I filled my schedule with as many volunteer opportunities, clubs, Bible studies, and activities as I could. I thought that the more holy things I did, the more I could prove my worth to the Father. However, by the end of my junior fall, I had run myself absolutely exhausted, and the perfect exterior life I had tried to create began to slowly unravel. By the grace of God, I became friends with a missionary on campus that year who was not so interested in what I accomplished but who I was. She began to invite me to pray with her daily. It was in these daily encounters with the Lord in prayer that Jesus began to reveal to me that, more than my to-do lists, report cards, or awards, Jesus simply wanted my heart. His love has changed everything, brought hope and living color to every part of my life. In the months following, I began to realize Jesus inviting me to bring this Love that changes everything to the students at Northwest, and so I said yes to being a FOCUS missionary. 

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. 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. I've been constantly amazed by the different souls I've encountered on campus.

Your Impact

One of my favorite saints, St. Therese of Lisieux, once said, “Some give by going to the missions, others go by giving. Without both, there are no missions.” 

When I answered the Lord’s invitation to join FOCUS, I said yes to relying on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners and Father’s faithfulness. If you are interested in joining me on mission as a financial mission partner, please consider joining me with a monthly gift by clicking “Support Lauren” above. I am incredibly 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 …