Maria Bunkers

"Do small things with great love" - Mother Teresa

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Where I serve

For my first year on mission, I am serving at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. I am a full-time varsity missionary, meaning my main focus is college athletes. I am very honored and excited to journey on the path of life with the women who I will grow in relationship with as we share in the love and joy of Christ, running together to our one true home--Heaven!

My team from left to right: Brandon Holy, Abby Skibicki, Anthony Ascolese, Ryan Haskell, me, Michael Stanford, and Jenna Zywiec

My Story

 As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all souls to Christ. Running cross country and track in college at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, I placed my identity in being a runner upon entering as a freshman. However, my running career was nothing like I had dreamed or hoped for. I experienced many injuries and was unable to perform anywhere near what I did in high school, leaving me feeling broken and lost. Nonetheless, the Lord's hand was in it all and pulled me in closer to His heart, starting with my cross country team's FOCUS bible study. I grew in authentic friendship with these women and was soon discipled by one of my teammates. The Lord pulled the greater good out of my suffering, slowly stripping my identity from running and building me back up to help me see who I really am--a beloved daughter of Christ. 

Through this experience and the attendance of a SEEK conference in spring 2021, the Lord helped me to personally know His great love for me, and the joy and freedom that comes with living in my true identity as His daughter. He tenderly opened my heart to see that He is not a Father of rules, but a Father of relationship. It was then that I truly understood what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He is a Father of love and mercy, desiring nothing more than communion with all His beloved children and for them to live freely in the fullness of truth. "You are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you..." (Isaiah 43:4).

My life has been transformed by Jesus, and I want nothing more than to share this joy and freedom with others by introducing them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. More specifically, I desire to show the athletes who I will walk with that their sport isn't who they are, rather something they do and can bring glory to God through; our true identity is in being sons and daughters of Christ. My prayer to the Lord is "that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul... Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine, so to shine as to be a light to others... It will be You, shining on others through me." - St. John Henry Newman  

Your Impact

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 am excited to have the opportunity to not only go on mission, but to also be able to invite many others to go on mission with me and become fellow workers in the truth. Just as some give by going on the mission, some go by giving to the mission. 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. I'd be honored to share this mission with you. My cell number is (605) 786-4716 :)

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 …