Seth Chauhan

"Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of these words.  I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners." Matthew 9: 12-13

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg for my first year with FOCUS. I am especially excited since Southern Mississippi is a new FOCUS campus and I will have the opportunity to lay the groundwork for what will hopefully become a thriving ministry! 

My Story

I had it all figured out. I had been accepted early decision into LSU School of Medicine and all I had to do was graduate at the end of the year to accomplish what I had been working toward my entire college career. I had survived organic chemistry, passed the MCAT, and accumulated the hours of service, shadowing, and research needed to make me a competitive applicant. The shore was in sight.

In January, God threw a curveball. I had just returned from FOCUS's national SEEK conference and for some reason the first thing I wrote in prayer journal the first morning back in Tuscaloosa was “I really like the idea of being a FOCUS missionary.” Where did that come from?! It would be crazy to give up the plan I had for myself that I had spent so much time and effort working towards!

Those gentle invitations to FOCUS kept coming, and so I started giving it more thought and bringing it to prayer. At first it was very overwhelming and filled me with anxiety. There was so much uncertainty about serving as a FOCUS missionary. How would this affect my career? Where would the money come from? Was God asking me to drop everything I had been working for?

From boat to unknown you bid me climb

The familiar safety inside to leave behind

Like the storm outside, my heart thrashes with fear

My faith is weak and comfort too dear

Just like the apostles who felt hopelessly out of control in the middle of that storm on the Sea of Galilee in their rickety fishing boat, I became overwhelmed by the unending “what ifs.” And just like in the gospel story, God allowed that storm to throw me around and prove my little boat was not as safe as I once thought. I soon came to the realization of how little control we have over our lives. We can’t even guarantee our next breath, much less where we will be two or three years down the road.

You ask me to give up everything I know

For a path uncertain, only the first step you show

Trust ME You say, gaze to my eyes for peace

I call you to greatness, all anxiety I will cease

Slowly, my discernment became simple. God was not asking me to choose a detailed five-year plan; he was asking me to decide on a destination. I decided my goal was to become a Saint. With that destination in mind, all I had to do was start asking Jesus what my next step was. The difficult part is that Jesus often only gives you one step at a time, but that brought with it an unexpected freedom. I didn’t have to worry about what to do down the road; I only had to focus on the now. Life was beginning to look more like an adventure rather than a prewritten script because for once I was open to whatever came next.

Follow me into uncertainty one step at a time

For only in this moment can you truly be mine

The future is made by the choices of today

And every yes another step on your pilgrim way

So I took the first step. I applied. And the next. I went to the interview weekend. And the next. I asked LSU for a two-year deferment. And before I knew it, I got a letter granting me the deferment and found myself saying “Yes” to being a FOCUS missionary for two years. I am still surrounded by a lot of uncertainty about all the “practical things,” but I’ve begun to realize that in a very beautiful way that the uncertainty is perfectly ok. All I need to do is say yes to the next step and trust that God is a good father who will provide us our daily bread.

Take the first step, I will not let you fall

Unending joy awaits you in answering my call.

My desire is to share the freedom I have found as a son of the Father with college students who are struggling to find who they are in a world filled with confusion and isolation. My goal is to bring students to Christ and experience the same peace and joy that I have in the Gospel message.

Your Impact

St. Therese of Lisieux once said "Some give by going to the missions, others go by giving. Without both, there are no missions."  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 am looking for a team of monthly supporters to get me on campus and allow me to be fully available to the students I am called to serve. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know! I would love to set up an appointment to share more about my mission with you.

You can reach me at 504-239-1260  and at [email protected]  

Check out the video below to learn more about the mission of FOCUS.

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 …