Rachel Harran

Hi! My name is Rachel. I am a FOCUS missionary from Ireland.

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Where I serve

I served my first two years with FOCUS at the University of Texas, Austin. In my third year as a missionary, I am currently serving as the Team Director of the FOCUS team at Columbia University in New York City! 

My Story

Growing up, I was raised Catholic and attended mass on Sundays. Although I believed in God and would have considered myself a practicing Catholic, I was really just going through the motions. The faith was more of an idea to me, which I believed to be true but the problem was this; an idea was not enough. 

It wasn't until I was 24 years old that I discovered that being Catholic meant that I was called to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Not to live out an abstract idea or a set of rules for living, but to enter into relationship with a person. Jesus had called me into a loving personal relationship with him and this was the source that I was called to live out of.  This is what I was missing my whole life. It was what I had been searching for in every pursuit I had made but not realised. 

Through encountering Christ's deep, personal love for me, I could finally say 'yes' to what he was calling me to. A life of love. He was calling me to allow him to love me and be the centre of my life and for me to love Him and others wholeheartedly, without reserve, in return. Realising that this is what we were made for, led me to desire to share Christ with as many people as I can. 

Your Impact

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I left my job and 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.

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Teach Others to Share Christ

We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …