Teresa Henderson

Hey! My name's Teresa. I'm a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

I have been called to serve another year at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Go Hoosiers! Coming back to IU for a 3rd year is an honor, and I'm looking forward to the ways Christ will continue to use me as His hands and feet to reach college students. Because I was in a sorority in college, part of my mission at IU is to reach out to the Greek community and invite them into a relationship with Jesus Christ. There are 22 sororities on campus; though daunting, I believe that through spiritual multiplication we can reach each member as well as the world for Christ. 

Above is the team that I will be serving with this year! From left to right: Gabe, Rachel, Shane, me, and Anne. 

My Story

I didn't come from a religious family, so growing up I didn't know who God was or that He wanted a relationship with me.  In college, I joined a sorority and that quickly became my identity, and the place that I found my worth.  I felt very lost and unhappy, but I wasn't sure what I could do to find something more.  My senior year a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go to a bible study she was in.  I was hesitant, but since she was a dear friend I decided to say yes.  It turns out this bible study was led by a FOCUS missionary who befriended me in a way that I hadn't experienced before - she truly cared about me and authentically wanted to love me and share life with me.  This was the beginning of my journey into a relationship with Jesus Christ.  This journey continued - I got confirmed into the Catholic Church, I took part in the sacraments, and developed true, authentic friendships with people.  My life has entirely changed - my identity is in Christ, and I know what it means to have true joy and true purpose.  I want every person to have this incredible opportunity to change their lives and to live the way we have been created to live.  The first step is an invitation and as a FOCUS missionary, I have the chance to reach thousands of college students to let them know that Jesus desires to know them, love them, and bring purpose to their lives.   

Your Impact

I would love your prayers and support as I head to a new campus this year. 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.  If you are interested in partnering with me, please email me at [email protected] and let me know of the best way to reach you, and we can schedule an appointment. I'd be honored to share this mission with you. I want to thank you in advance for your gifts, I assure you the reward is much greater for you and the beautiful souls I will encounter than it is for me.

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 …