Natalie Larkins

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” --Mother Teresa

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Where I serve

I am beginning my second year as a missionary at Western Kentucky University! This will be my second year serving there, as well as Western's second year with FOCUS. We are very blessed to have the same team coming back for round 2 as well! I am beyond excited to be back serving the students at WKU and cannot wait for all the adventures this year has to bring! Pictured below is my team:

(From Left to Right: Max, Emily, Kara, Me, Quinn [at bottom], Not Pictured: Baby Samuel and Nellie, our team Dog) 

My Story

Growing up, as someone who attended Mass and Lifeteen events every Sunday, I was content with checking all the necessary boxes to consider myself a good, practicing Catholic. I was very happy for the most part, but I always carried within myself a deep fear that God didn't actually exist and that my personal existence was actually pointless. When arriving to my freshman year of college at Georgia Tech, I began to receive questioning  about what I believed, and I quickly realized how much of my previous faith foundation was built on sand, surfacing my deepest fears.  Soon, I found myself enter into a deep internal struggle about my personal beliefs and was usurped with my own self-image and a constant restlessness in trying to be someone I wasn't. I began pursuing the person the world told me would make me happy, but somehow, the more I pursued the world's image, the more restless I became. Through God's grace in my second year of college, I befriended a FOCUS missionary and got involved in a FOCUS bible study. Soon after getting involved in the bible study, I was further invited to attend SEEK 2015. SEEKing (haha- so funny I know ;) ) to find some deep internal conviction for my beliefs, I attended the conference and received many more blessings than I could ever ask for. After listening to a series of talks on the existence of God and His presence in the Eucharist, I knew I had received the absolute truth and was radically moved to give my heart to Christ in a new way by making him and His truth the center of my life. I realized I no longer had to seek after being someone else but simply becoming more and more of myself.

I firmly believe God has called me to share the great joy He has given me through this experience to others: the joy that you too were made for a specific purpose and God calls you to become more of yourself every day as well! I am absolutely delighted to now be able to do that through FOCUS!

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.

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 …