Tara Lauderdale

Hi! My name's Tara, and I'm a FOCUS missionary!

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Where I serve

I am so excited to say that God has called me to serve the students at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts! I spent my first year as a missionary serving at Towson University in Maryland and then moved to MIT for my second year of mission as the Team Director. I am so excited to continue on at MIT for a second year and enter into my third year as a FOCUS missionary! It has been an amazing adventure working to evangelize students on the east coast. You'll typically find me hanging out in the student center or roller blading on campus, leading Bible studies in the dorm rooms, or praying with students in the MIT chapel. I have been on an incredible journey with God that has led me to becoming a missionary for FOCUS. If you'd ever like to hear my story or just hang out, come and find me!

My Story

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. I encountered this Gospel message in a real way for the first time when I was in college through the help of another FOCUS missionary. I had a profound encounter with the merciful heart of Jesus, and that encounter changed everything. I knew that I could not keep this relationship to myself, but that I had to go out and share it with others. It's what I was made for. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and He spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. In order to share the life-changing message of the Gospel, 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. Come and join me on this incredible and breath-taking mission of winning souls for 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 …