Rachel Holmes

Hi! My name's Rachel. I'm a Regional Director for FOCUS, and I serve our campuses in Michigan!

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Where I serve

Since my life was changed dramatically during my time in college at the University of Illinois, I feel called to specifically serve college students. I have been a FOCUS missionary for four years, serving at Ball State University for one year and as Team Director at Eastern Michigan University for three years. I am blessed to now serve as a Regional Director, investing more of myself into the greater impact of the mission. You will find me living in southeast Michigan bopping around and helping the missionaries at Eastern and Western Michigan Universities. Whether it's at the local coffee shop, the Student Center or the chapel, I'll most likely be hanging out with the missionary team and students while sporting my yellow Patagonia backpack. I'd love to chat.

My Story

Majoring in Advertising at the University of Illinois, I learned that the goal of an advertisement is to cut through the clutter of the other media messages being presented to a consumer and to get a specific message to the consumer - ultimately having them act upon it by buying the product. As crazy as it may seem, I believe that is how God intervened in my life. I was living a typical party lifestyle as a freshman in college, and I was seeking happiness and fulfillment through it. I crowded my heart and mind with the messages of the world - I have to be popular, well-loved, beautiful, powerful and successful. I quickly realized that I wasn't finding the fulfillment I was looking for. I went to a Sunday Mass at the Newman Center one Sunday in late October, and God's message cut through the clutter in my heart. The priest said that I was made for a relationship with God - WHAT? It was as if the world stopped and God's presence filled the room and my heart. In that moment, I knew God was real and that He loved me...and that changed everything. The next week, I met with the priest from Mass, and he taught me about prayer and how to grow in a relationship with God. I started to pray every day, I started attending a FOCUS Bible study, and I started diving head first into my faith. The treasure I have found in God's love has motivated me to share it with others. I am on a journey to Heaven, and I want to bring as many people with me as I can. As a FOCUS missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ and His Church. There is no doubt that my life has been changed by Jesus, and I am honored to be able to share that with so many students. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. I look to Jesus’ own example to find the best method of reaching the world, and I've been constantly amazed by the different souls I've encountered on campus. It has been a joyful blessing in my life! 

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 …