Mary Schneider

My name's Mary. I'm a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

This year I will be serving as the Team Director at the University of Virginia! Wahoowa! I've been so blessed to return to UVA for a second time, and I'm excited to see how the Lord is going to work on Grounds this year. 

One of the hallmarks of the UVA experience is going to the UVA football games and chanting "The Good Ole Song." This is a picture from last Fall! It's a joy to share life with these students, whether it's in going to games together, grabbing coffee, praying together, or leading Bible studies with them. My favorite moments are when I get to tell a student that they are deeply loved and chosen by a good and loving God, who gave His only Son so that we could be in relationship with Him. It's truly amazing to witness these students coming alive in their faith and being set on fire by the Holy Spirit to share the Gospel - the transforming love of Jesus Christ - with their friends, classmates, and whoever they came across. 

My Story

I grew up in one of the most Catholic states out there, Louisiana! I'm very blessed to come from a Catholic household, as well as having many Christian peers throughout my childhood. I attended Christendom College, majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Classical Languages. Christendom is where my faith deepened both in knowledge and in my heart. I remember this iconic chapel window of the Sacred Heart, with the words "Son, give me thy Heart;" I've found that this pretty much sums up my journey with Jesus Christ, the constant and ever deepening surrender of my heart. The motto of the College is "To Restore All Things in Christ." Little did I know when I stepped on campus my freshman year, that I would be pursuing true restoration in Christ for my "job" after college! In my senior year, I found in prayer that I was called to be a missionary, and I had barely heard about FOCUS. It didn't take long for me to feel the attraction of young adult missionaries who were living their life radically for the Lord, and having a blast doing it! 

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've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus. 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. 

318-623-1140 // [email protected]


Know, Love and Serve God

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