Mike and Julia Gearing

Hi There! We are Mike and Julia Gearing.
We are FOCUS Missionaries at the University of Connecticut.

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Where we serve

I am now serving as the Team Director of the FOCUS team at the University of Connecticut with Julia serving alongside me as a full-time missionary on the team!

College is a time where students are seeking. Seeking to find a deeper identity. Unfortunately, today's college students are led to put their worth in their studies, social life, successes, and more. They seek fulfillment by jumping from one pleasure to the next, struggling with indifference and never feeling fully alive.

Our Story

For us, this story is all too similar, as we traveled down the same beaten path that many students walked before us. We came out of college, at our destination, but confused at what our goal even was. We had prepared all this time to be self-sustaining adults but never asked ourselves what it was all for in the end. We had a hole in our hearts that we had failed at filling on our own.

Julia and I were introduced to some FOCUS missionaries while she was a graduate student at the University of Connecticut. These missionaries were people who lived life unrestrained. They had a sense of peace, freedom and joy that neither of us had ever seen before. What was their secret? They knew the love and truth of a relationship with God. That year, through prayer and openness, we both had discovered a love that had been awaiting us patiently our entire lives. That love is the person of Jesus Christ.

Through much discernment and prayer, I (Mike) felt a real and true call from Jesus to give my life to Him and follow him as a missionary for His Church—to join FOCUS and share the love I had received with college students. Now, after feeling powerfully called to impact college students' lives in the same way, Julia has also joined me on campus as a full-time missionary starting this year!

If college students discovered and lived fully the love that we were truly made for and went into the world changing the lives of others, think of how our world could be changed.

Your Impact

When we answered the call to join FOCUS, we made the decision to rely on the spiritual and monthly financial support of mission partners to keep us on campus full-time. We've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with us in this way. If you are interested in sponsoring our work, please let us know of the best way to reach you and we can set up a time to get together. We'd be honored to share this mission with you.

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 …