Sarah Knopik

Hey! My name is Sarah, and I'm a FOCUS missionary serving at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota!

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students and my teammates at Black Hills State University as the Team Director! You'll typically find me drinking coffee or tea, breaking out some sweet dance moves, or engaging in a deep, meaningful conversation. I have a pretty cool story about how Jesus has changed my life, and I would love to share it with you!

My Story

My story began with two parents who took their call to mission very seriously. My parents raised us kids (all 9 of us) to center our lives on Jesus and the Church in a very counter-cultural, but still realistic way. Through their witness--along with the influence of my sisters--I wanted to continue to live the Faith in a dynamic and transformative way. While studying Criminal Justice at NDSU, I became involved with FOCUS at the Newman Center, and pretty quickly began to go deeper in my relationship with Jesus and the Sacraments. Through deep investment from the missionaries, as well as countless opportunities to attend FOCUS Conferences, retreats, and mission trips, my missionary heart started to emerge and be formed. While in college, I had the opportunity to lead a Bible study with my friends and classmates, and also invest in many different women as missionary disciples. As I learned more about the model of Spiritual Multiplication (deep, intentional investment of few people who then go out and invest in a few others, and so on..), I began to believe that it was possible for the whole world to be reached with the joy of the Gospel. More than anything, I wanted to step into a life of full-time mission work so that more people could be reached, known, loved, and cared for. Jesus made His calling for me clear while I was on a summer mission in the mountains of Honduras, so I answered:) The call to missionary discipleship through the mission of FOCUS has been one of the greatest gifts of my life, and witnessing lives change through my small "yes" has made all of the sacrifices worthwhile. There is no other life I would rather be living than this one paved by the Lord!

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. 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. I've been constantly amazed by the different souls I've encountered on campus.

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 …