Where I serve
This year I have the incredible blessing of being the FOCUS Team Director at Grand Valley State University near Grand Rapids, MI. I am currently in my third year on staff with FOCUS. I was gifted to spend my first year serving at Colorado State University an my second having the opportunity to expand with FOCUS to The University of Utah.
There are so many opportunities to invite the students to experience the unique and personal love of God our Father every day. Whether it be Mass, silent prayer and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament or going on a hike and serving the community through Corporal Works of Mercy...The amazing opportunities to encounter Christ and His Church are limitless!
We have all heard that the Lord works in mysterious ways, and what a blessing He has been in the ways He worked to show me his love. A large part of my encounter with Christ and his deep love for me was through the Campus Ministry at the university I attended for my undergraduate degree. While at Fort Hays State University in Kansas, I encountered a group of people with an insurmountable joy that I craved. My heart desired a love that no man on this earth could fill. The students I met there quickly became like family and started me on a path to fill the void.
One of the greatest things that the Lord continually teaches me is that my love for Him will never surpass the love He has for me and my brothers and sisters. Even through ups and downs, especially times when I turned my back on Him, He did not leave me alone. I started to find my joy in His promises and not in the peril and anxiety of everyday life. I cannot begin to describe how much of a blessing it is to find this joy, even amid suffering.
This is the driver of my soul, the knowledge that in order to love the Lord with all my heart meant that I must be vulnerable. I must open myself up to others and share with them the beautiful truth that He desires all people to run back into His embrace. In a special way through this mission, he desires the hearts of the college students placed into my care. Because of this, I desire my friendship and intimate love shared with Christ to be a blueprint for my relationships with others. Inviting them into his arms means intentionally sharing myself and His mercy in my story so that they may be willing to invite Him to transform their hearts as well.
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. Each soul is a gift to be received, cherished, and cultivated. I look forward to encountering the uniqueness of souls and living life together with them so that, by God's Holy Will, we may inherit Eternal Life and bring others with us.
I would be honored to share this mission with you. 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 reach souls for the Gospel message of Christ. 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.
May the Lord bless you and keep you.