Maura Donnelly

Hey! My name's Maura. I'm a FOCUS missionary at the Denver Support Center.

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Where I serve

In July 2015 I moved to Denver, Colorado following the Lord's call to continue serving the apostolate of FOCUS at the main office (Denver Support Center) after two years as a campus missionary at the University of Rhode Island.  

In my role in Quality, Growth, and Innovation, my teammates and I help to inform leaders in FOCUS about efforts on campus so that we can continue to be effective in our mission.

My Story

"The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread."                                                                                                         -Saint Teresa of Calcutta

I encountered the person of Jesus Christ and His love for me in a life changing way during my freshman year of college at the 2010 FOCUS Conference - Made for More. In an overwhelming moment of recognizing Jesus' divinity and crazy love for me, I surrendered to Him as the Lord of my life and told Him that I wanted to give Him my whole life. From there began a great adventure. 

By my senior year I was convicted of a first-world poverty that needs to be addressed, which Mother Teresa called the "hunger for love." I saw an emptiness in life without Him and experienced the ache of Jesus’ heart as His love was unknown, misunderstood and rejected.  Jesus fulfilled a desire on my heart to console His ache in my call to be a missionary.

Each year I've re-evaluated how the Lord is calling me to serve Him. "Are you still calling me to be your missionary Jesus?" The answer is always "yes" - but in what capacity? Several times I've wanted to go home to the comfort of familiarity, old friends, and family. In 2018 Jesus responded to my plea with open doors saying, "I will go with you and provide for you, but my invitation is for you to stay." I met His gaze in that prayer and responded, "How can I refuse you when you've been so good to me?"

On this journey I've seen lives change and mountains move. I’ve seen young people reconcile fractured family relationships, return to the Sacraments, find hope in despair, start evangelizing their peers, and even enter a convent when they allowed Christ into the messy parts of their lives. God is truly blessing the work of FOCUS in countless lives, and it is an honor to continue supporting this work behind the scenes.

Your Impact

Perhaps in your own journey you're pondering how the Lord is calling you to follow Him and surrender just a little more. "God, you've been so generous with me - what could I possibly do for you?"

When I answered the call to be a FOCUS missionary, I entrusted myself to God's providence through the spiritual and financial support of mission partners who metaphorically "walk with me" in mission. I've been blessed with amazing people who have made it possible for me to give my "yes" to Jesus through their faithful support, and could not continue giving my "yes" without theirs.  

God is never outdone in generosity. In our relationship with Him, He's constantly giving to us and from what we receive, we give back to Him. This is a paradox appearing in three of the Gospels that I've learned as a missionary: that whatever we hold onto we will lose, and whatever we lose for His sake we will save. His call for us to be generous with Him isn't comfortable, but He is faithful and returns our generosity a thousandfold!

We give through our time, talent, and treasure for the building up of His kingdom. Tithing is a part of the history of the Church appearing many places throughout the Old and New Testaments. Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek and the tribes of Israel provided for the Levites who were devoted to the priestly ministry. Many disciples provided for Jesus and the apostles during their ministry and Paul wrote affirming the Corinthians in their role supporting their generosity.

It would be an honor to share in this mission with you! If you are interested in supporting me in mission to reach young people with the gospel and impact the trajectory of their lives, let me know how I can best reach out to you.

Logistics

If you feel called to give, please consider joining my monthly support team or making a special gift with the "Support Maura" link above (under my picture). You can log in to change your giving information at any time.

If you have any questions, prayer intentions, or thoughts about FOCUS, please contact me at [email protected] or (720) 407-4645.

NOTE: The regularity of the gifts greatly assists in budgeting and sustaining me in my work. FOCUS is a 501(c)3 and all donations are tax deductible and can be used towards your 10% tithe. 

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