Zachary Smith

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students at Missouri Science & Technology in Rolla, MO. This is an expansion campus for FOCUS, meaning it is the first year the program will be on campus. I'll be in my third year as a missionary, the past two years I served at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. I am so excited to get to grow deeper as a disciple of Christ this year on mission with new friends!

Please pray for Tessa, Lizzy and myself as we work together on mission in Rolla!

My Story

Growing up in the great state of Michigan I was instilled with an appreciation for natural beauty, camping and spending time outdoors. I learned about God in Catholic school but did not really understand what it meant to live like and with Him in a relationship. I began to try to pray in high school, but I didn't really know how to. I was still searching for more and knew that I wanted to be involved in my faith in college. 

I immediately became a part of the Catholic community on campus and began to experience what it looked like to have friends who were not only learning about God but trying to live like him. I was invited to study the Bible for the first time and began to see and hear with new eyes who God is and who I am. I was taught how to pray with the scriptures and participated even more in the sacramental life of the church, by which Jesus is made present to us to share in his own divine life. My continued growth as a disciple of Jesus was inspired by great missionaries and friends who continued to put their relationship with Jesus first themselves and challenged me to do the same. Prayer slowly became more and more part of my daily habit and changed the course of my days and relationship with God.

The more I get to know Jesus in prayer, the more I seek to be like him, and receiving the call to be on mission with him was no different. I could see that over time my own life had been shaped and transformed by Jesus’ deep and infinite love for me. How could I not share this life changing truth of God’s great love with everyone I meet?! As a missionary I look to Jesus’ own example to share the news of the gospel to the world and I’ve been amazed by the many different people I have encountered in my time. It is truly a blessing to serve Jesus in this way.

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 team of 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 the joy of this mission with you. If you have any questions about my mission, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected]

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 …