Paul Wessel

Hey! My name's Paul. I'm a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve the students at Columbia University in New York City. It has been an amazing journey since January 2019! Each day my team commutes to Columbia from Bleecker Street where we reside with the NYU FOCUS team. I spend most of my day on campus or at the Merton Center (Columbia's Catholic Center) meeting with students and preparing for Bible studies, mission trips, and various events. Some of my favorite activities to do with the students are playing basketball, hiking, running, and exploring the city.

My Story

I'm the second of five children and grew up in a loving Catholic home. My parents instilled me and my siblings with a love for our faith and a desire to grow. When it was time for me to head to college, I wanted two things: 1) to attend a school where I could grow in my faith, and 2) become a mechanical engineer. These desires led me to choose Benedictine College. As a student at Benedictine, my life was greatly impacted by the FOCUS missionaries on my campus. In fact, a couple of them befriended me on my first day on campus at a dodgeball tournament they hosted. I soon began attending Bible study and was struck by this new experience of seeking to know God rather than simply learning about Him. Over the 4.5 years that I studied mechanical engineering at Benedictine, many missionaries and fellow classmates invested deeply in me, and God changed my life forever. As I looked forward to what was next in my life during my senior year, God gave me a heart of gratitude for all the blessings He had bestowed on me through the ministry of FOCUS missionaries and my great friends who built me up in my faith. He made it evident that He wanted me to go and do the same - to be the one who goes out and makes known His love for others. It is such a joy to do this on a daily basis!

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. This reality was scary at first, but God has been so good to me! 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 follow the "Support Paul" link above orlet me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I would be honored to share this mission with you. Please keep me and all FOCUS missionaries in your prayers!

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 …