Sam Castillo

Hello there! My name is Sam, and I'm a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

Beginning this Fall, I'll be serving at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma! 

My Story

I spent the first two years of college growing deeply in my evangelical faith. Jarred, my spiritual mentor, modeled the cost of discipleship to an unreal degree. He inspired me to ask the Lord to purify my heart of everything that hindered love --  so, I began to regularly offer God my ambitions, desires, and aspirations. As prayer became more central to my life, I developed a yearning for missions that slowly overtook the plans I had made as a freshman. Eventually, the Lord began to call me even further from my comforts as He introduced me to Himself in the Catholic Church.

As a highly reformed evangelical Christian, I didn't have many good things to say about Catholicism. Realistically, though, my personal theology was filled with historical misunderstandings and a deep sense of prideful security. I was pretty content with the state of my theology until I befriended a FOCUS missionary on my campus. Over the course of several meetings and encounters, Ben helped me discover how deeply the love of Christ permeates the Catholic way of life. He redeemed my skewed perception of Catholicism and ultimately walked with me through the most difficult transition of my life as the Lord called me to deeper intimacy in the Catholic Church. 

I'm simply amazed at how graciously Jesus has brought me to this new season of life, where I get to spend each day expressing His deep desire to reconcile all things to Himself. FOCUS allows me every opportunity to bring the message of Truth and Beauty to the yearning hearts of a university campus, and I hope you will join me in the battle to bring the Gospel to the furthest and most desperate souls. 

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

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