Paul & Ashlyn McNeil

Hey! We are the McNeils, and we are FOCUS missionaries.

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Where I serve

God has called my family to Murray, Kentucky to serve college students at Murray State University. Go Racers! 

My Story

Ashlyn and I were both brought up in loving homes, went to a Catholic school, and were involved in our church communities. We developed a personal relationship with Christ when we were young, but our love for Christ was small. When we went off to college, we sometimes found ourselves living double lives. We frequented the sacraments, went to the Campus Catholic Center, attended Bible studies, and developed authentic friendships. At the same time, we found ourselves enslaved to the lies of the world. St. Augustine once said, “Lord, you made us for yourself, and therefore our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” Neglecting our relationship with God, we often believed that pleasure, worldly success, and popularity would bring us the deep and lasting happiness that only God can provide. Our hearts remained restless.
 
Despite these interior battles, God put virtuous and devout people in our lives: men and women that would stand up for Christ and His Church, unapologetically proclaim the Gospel, and show great love to their neighbors. Their witness encouraged us to learn more about our Catholic faith. A few years after college, I decided to pursue my MA in Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver. While there, Ashlyn and I met families that radiated the joy of Christ, genuinely lived out their Catholic faith, and fostered a deep love for Christ and His Church in their families. They were bright lights that inspired us to grow in holiness as a family, and to show college students the beauty of Christian family life.

With the arrival of our first child, Pia Marie, Ashlyn and I developed a more heightened awareness of the brokenness in the world, and in particular, the brokenness of families, the “fundamental cell of human society.” (St. John Paul II, FC, 62) Ashlyn and I believe we have been called to serve families. We see FOCUS as an opportunity to lead young people to Christ, thereby preparing them for their vocations as husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, priests, and consecrated life.  Additionally, I have the privilege of being a "Varsity Catholic" FOCUS missionary, which means I will be investing in college athletes so that they can grow closer to Christ through their specific sport. We want young people to learn how to habitually lay down their lives for others, just as Christ laid down his life for us. As the future leaders of our world, Ashlyn and I want to inspire and equip college students with the tools necessary to build up a Christian culture. Pray that we can do just that!

Your Impact

When Ashlyn and I answered the call to join FOCUS, we made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help us through this mission. We’ve been blessed with the most amazing people who have committed to journeying with us as we serve on campus. If you are interested in partnering with us, please let us know of the best way to reach you and we will schedule an appointment. We would be honored to share this mission with you.

Contact information: Email: [email protected] Phone: 404-889-1242

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 …