Where I serve
God has called me to serve as a FOCUS Team Director in my fourth year of missionary life at Auburn University! War Eagle!! This role allows me to form and invest in my four teammates: Emily, Laura, Jon, and Chase. I have the joy of being a "missionary to missionaries" as we lead the students at Auburn to an encounter with Jesus Christ! In addition, I am also blessed with the gift of forming students in their faith and leading them in their personal relationship with Christ and empowering them to do the same with others. What a blessing it is to be given the opportunity to shape our future leaders for lifelong mission for the Lord!
As I grow deeper in my relationship with Jesus Christ, I become more and more amazed by just how ridiculously in love God the Father is with me and the rest of mankind! He is relentlessly pursuing our hearts that we may know Him and share in His blessed life with Himself, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Now, as I look back on my life, I am beginning to see more of how He has always been with me since the beginning, but it was not until the summer of my senior year of high school when both my Uncle Kevin and little sister Anne Marie became ill with cancer that I allowed myself to be pursued by God. I had grown up Catholic, but I had many misunderstandings about what I believed what I was taught growing up. After hearing the news of my sister's illness, it was one of the first times I truly poured my heart out to God in prayer. I never felt so little and I needed Him like never before (like we all do). I found myself praying more frequently which turned daily, and I fell in love with the Holy Mass. As I entered into college at Missouri State University, God continued to pursue me through the FOCUS missionaries and student leaders on my campus. Their joy, their love for God and His Church, and their boldness in sharing the faith with others drew me more deeply into not just being pursued by God but pursuing God back! By my senior year of college, I was sold out for Jesus Christ, His Church, and His Great Commission. In the words of Pope Saint John Paul II, "Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure." I truly believe there is nothing better. Each day, my relationship with God continues to grow in greater love. I pray that I never stop seeking to be loved by Him and to love Him more and more. He has become the center of all that I do, and I hope and pray that I can share Him everywhere He leads me!
Sharing the love of Jesus Christ with college students would not be possible without both the spiritual and financial support from mission partners. This is where you come in! As a missionary, I fully fundraise my entire mission budget and need the support of generous partners like you to perform my work. This gives me the freedom to be radically available to the students on campus in need of my care. If you are interested in joining me on mission through your support or even hearing more about this mission, I would love to meet up with you in person or talk with you over the phone. Please, do not be afraid to reach out to me via phone or email and we can get to know each other. It would be an honor and a joy to share in this mission with you! God Bless!