God has called me to serve the students at the University of Colorado! This year I will be serving as the Team Director at CU. Trading the rolling Kansas plains for the towering mountains of Colorado was an incredible experience, and I am so excited to continue encountering students and sharing the transforming love of Jesus Christ all while being surrounded by the magnificent beauty of God's creation. Jesus is calling all of us on an adventure with him, and I cannot wait to see where he leads those of us in Boulder this year!
My name is Matt Mindrup, and I grew up in a lovely Catholic family, where my parents faith was fully alive and present. However, when I started school at Kansas State University, being Catholic was the last thing on my mind. I was by no means planning on leaving the Church, but I was way more concerned with my status and image. College was the fresh start I needed to become something great in the eyes of the world. I, like so many other college students, chose the path that I thought would fulfill my deepest desires to be known and loved. For the first two years of college I was consumed in a life of chasing popularity and status. Like most students, when I moved to K-State, it became my world. Yet, despite all of the friends I had made, the likes I would get on social media, the positions I held on campus, despite everything that I had gained: I was not happy. I would still wake up feeling empty and wondering why I was still not happy. Afterall, I had everything. The Gospel of Mark says in Chapter 8 verse 36 “what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” Well, by the conclusion of my sophomore year, I had nearly gained the whole world, yet I had almost lost my soul in the process. Fortunately, instead of giving up, I decided to ask and reflect on why I was not happy. I soon began to realize that my desire for worldly pleasure, fulfillment, and status was a journey down an unsustainable and empty path.
At the beginning of my junior year, I set out on a journey to rediscover my Catholicism. Conversion was a very long, painful, yet ultimately joyful journey of seeking, knowing, and loving God. A journey that allowed me to grow in relationship with Jesus and to understand that all along God had been drawing close to me at everytime and in every place. FOCUS missionaries accompanied me along much of that journey. They invited me to be in bible studies, taught me how to pray, invested deeply in me, loved me through every high and low, and did so much more! They taught and encouraged me to live mission, so that I had the confidence to lead bible studies, personally invest in other men, and share my life with others. Through the investment of FOCUS missionaries and the friends I made at the Catholic center, I discovered what it is like to truly live life fully alive And I can now fully embrace the reality that every day at mass heaven meets earth and my soul is awakened to encounter an infinitely perfect Father who loves me more than I could ever comprehend. Discipleship with Jesus is not always easy, but it is always worth it!
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. I would not have the freedom that I do to fully live out mission without the generosity of others. If you are interested in joining me on mission, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I'd be honored to live out mission with you!
We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.
By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.
We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …