TJ Jakubowski

It is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. | St. Paul

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Where I serve

During the 2018-2019 school year, I will be living in Waco, Texas, and serving at Baylor University! Sic 'em, Bears!

My Story

My greatest desire is for all people to know and love the Truth. Unfortunately, the university campus is not a place where Truth can be clearly perceived and followed; rather it is obscured by many lies about what to believe, what is good, and what will truly satisfy the deepest desires of the human heart. But Jesus promised that "the truth will set you free." I want to always carry the light of the Gospel so that, in encountering the Truth, all that I meet may come to know the love that God has for them and become all that He created them to be.

During my second year at Auburn, a FOCUS missionary named Will reached out to me and often invited me to spend time with him. Will's witness to the Gospel and model of holiness struck me as genuinely Christian and attuned to the voice of the Holy Spirit. He really lived like Jesus calls all men to live, and I wanted to be like him. In knowing Will, I came to a better understanding of the words of St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians, "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ."

Near the end of my third year, I traveled with another FOCUS missionary from Auburn on a mission trip to Guyana where I participated in door-to-door evangelization. While traveling back to the United States at the end of the week, she asked me if I'd ever thought about being a missionary with FOCUS. I told her I'd never seriously considered it and provided a list of excuses as to why I couldn't do it, but she saw right through them, saying I had basically been a missionary for the previous week and even enjoyed it. The possibility that God was calling me to do this was at the forefront of my mind for the next two weeks, at the end of which I found myself interviewing for a position on staff with FOCUS. I knew that it would be tragic if I was perpetually open to the Holy Spirit but never actually followed Him, so when FOCUS offered me a position, I said yes. I'm grateful and excited for the opportunity to be the kind of man for the students I meet that Will was for me and live out those words written by St. Paul as a FOCUS missionary.

Your Impact

When I said yes to 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 a team of very generous people who have partnered with me as I made this decision and began this journey. 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. You can reach me on my cell at (904) 945-8142 or email me at [email protected] I'm 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 …