Sarah Furka

Hey! My name's Sarah, and I'm a FOCUS missionary!

"So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us."

1 Thessalonians 2:8

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Where I serve

God has called me all the way from New Jersey to serve at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette!

My Story

When I was a college student at Vanderbilt University, my life was radically transformed by Jesus through FOCUS missionaries that radiated and lived self-giving love and authentic friendship. Their joy was contagious and their hope was attractive, and I desperately wanted to know what they had. Their investment, perpetual invitation, and desire to love me with Christ's love led me to encounter after encounter with Jesus as His Beloved, and a freedom in the Church that I had never experienced before. 

God was and still is chasing after me, and I am forever changed because of it.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue inviting college students into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church and equipping them to do the same with others. I greatly desire to love and pursue women in the way that I was in my college years, remind them of who they are as daughters of God, and grow in friendship and love of the Lord together! I would be humbled and honored to share more of my story with you!

This woman, Brooke Dennison, is a big part of my story! I met her at our annual SEEK conference in Phoenix, Arizona in 2020. I was given the great honor of accompanying her in the chaos of life at Vanderbilt, and inviting her more deeply into a relationship with God as a compassionate, merciful, and patient Father. With joy, I watched her reconversion to the Catholic Church at the end of our junior year, and she hasn't looked back: Brooke also said yes to being a FOCUS missionary! (The right is a picture of us at FOCUS training this summer, on the day we found out what campuses we would be sent to.) Please pray for us!

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. Through your financial and spiritual support, we can engage students at a critical time in their lives to understand in a deeper way who they are and the purpose of their lives. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I'd be honored to share this mission with you! You can email me at [email protected].

This past year, I was blessed to co-lead a bible study with Brooke. What a gift it was to love these women - sophomores, juniors, and seniors in different sororities on campus - to encounter Jesus through His Word, and share our lives and prayer with one another. I was loved so much by them in return, and they taught me something about myself and about Christ every moment I was with them! If you are a student at ULL and are interested in getting involved in bible study, come find me on campus, at Wisdom, or email me at [email protected]

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 …