Rebecca Jarding

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

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Where I serve

After serving for four years at the University of North Dakota, God has invited me to step off of campus to work with the Missions department full time at FOCUS's headquarters in Colorado. I now help prepare mission trip directors to thrive in their roles of leading mission trips that allow students to love and encounter Christ in His poor. 

My Story

I encountered Christ in a radical, intimate way for the first time in college my sophomore year at the University of South Dakota. My Bible study leader loved me enough to challenge me to make a decision to start living my life completely for Christ. I still remember the exact couch we were sitting on at our Newman Center when she asked me a question that no one ever had before: "Do you desire to make Jesus Christ the center of your life?"

After experiencing how Julie's deep love for Christ allowed her to invite others in her life to say "yes" to Him as well, I desired to do the same. Slowly, I developed a regular prayer life for the first time in my life. As I continued to respond to the little invitations the Lord extended to grow in our relationship, my life began to change in a noticeable way. The Christian life, which I had previously viewed as a boring set of rules, became an exciting adventure with Christ. 

The adventure continued when I went to Kolkata, India, on a mission trip the summer before my senior year to serve the poorest of the poor. There Jesus taught me to love and to receive His love in a way I never had before. Witnessing such extreme material poverty made me realize that the college students back at the university I attended were just as poor, but their poverty was of a spiritual nature. He filled my heart with a desire to address the spiritual poverty on college campuses by growing in friendship with others, and then inviting them to grow in friendship with Christ. 

It is a tremendous blessing to now work full time to organize and support mission trips to enable college students to encounter Christ and come to love Him in His poor.  

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 amazingly generous people who continue to choose to partner with me to make Christ known, loved, and cared for. Thank you for your "yes" to journeying with me as we help people enter more fully into the relationship they were made for with Jesus Christ. 

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 …