God has called me to serve at the University of Southern Mississippi! I am so excited to journey in friendship with students and to share the joy of Christ with them. I can think of no adventure that is more beautiful and exhilarating than this!
To the top!
My encounter with Christ is undoubtedly the most beautiful story to ever be written over my life. As a member of a Catholic family, God was always an intellectual reality in the back of my mind. Through Sunday mass and Catholic education, I came to understand that God was real, but His presence felt intangible for most of my upbringing. It was like knowing that the sun rises each morning, but never truly experiencing its radiance. I didn’t know that a relationship so intimate and so personal with the Lord was even possible.
When I arrived at the University of Texas at Austin, I adhered to the lie I had believed my whole life: one is only as good as the praise they receive and the accomplishments that they attain. I spent so much of my life terrified of failure, the expectations of others, and what would happen if my imperfections were exposed. The fragile life I constructed for myself was slowly breaking me from within.
At the end of my sophomore year, I crashed up against my limitations and the pain in my life. I lost stability in every single thing where I had ever found my worth. It was with my entire world pulled out from underneath my feet that I first truly encountered the love of the Father. He gave me an identity that was permanent, real, and far more beautiful than anything I could ever have created on my own. In the words of St. Augustine, “in my deepest wound, I saw your Glory, and it astounded me.”
My greatest desire is to bring others to the same place of encounter; that as they meet the Lord, they are brought to the heights of freedom. What a gift it is to witness others come alive in Christ!
If there is anything I hope to impart as a missionary it is this: First, that the love of God is tender, eternal, and incrompehensibly vast. Second, that hope can do some pretty remarkable things in the midst of darkness. And lastly, that the Lord delights in fulfilling His promise because truly the best is yet to come!
When I accepted the call to serve as a FOCUS missionary, I said yes to fully relying on God to provide for me both spiritually and financially through the generosity of my mission partners! Without them, I would not be able to dedicate myself full-time to sharing the joy of the Gospel on the college campus. Each one of my mission partners journeys alongside me as I encounter students. If you are interested in hearing more about my story, my mission, and FOCUS, I would love to schedule an appointment with you. It would be an honor to share my mission with you!