Elena Niese

Hey! My name’s Elena. I’m a FOCUS missionary!

Where I serve

God has called me to serve the cadets at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut for a second-year. Go Bears! Jesus has changed my life in radical ways and I cannot wait to share my story with you!

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My Story

Although I was raised Catholic, it was not until I encountered the mercy of Christ through the Sacrament of Confession in early high school that I made my faith my own. This experience transformed my life and instilled in me a deep desire to not only pursue the heart of Jesus myself, but also to invite others into His heart the same. As I started college in the fall of 2018, this desire only continued to grow. In the face of the college culture and lifestyle, my heart began to ache for each person I encountered to know that they are seen, known, and loved. Despite not having FOCUS on my campus, after attending FOCUS’s annual conference known as SEEK, I started my own bible study and began investing intentionally in the lives of the women around me. I also became an active leader in ministry on campus, teaching other students how to be missionary disciples in their daily encounters with friends and classmates. Through each of these experiences, full of both trials and joys, Jesus brought me deeper into his heart and taught me what it truly means to trust in Him. Little by little, He was orienting my heart towards saying “yes” to His call to be a full-time missionary.

I know from my own experience that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the only thing that truly satisfies the deepest longings of the human heart, and I want nothing more than to help all my students know this love and mercy the same!

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. It is solely through the generosity of my mission partners that I will be able to serve students on campus. As Mother Teresa said, Some give by going, others go by giving,” and I would be honored for you to join with me as I embark on this journey to serve souls on college campuses! If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know and I will schedule an appointment with you. I would love to share with you more of my story!

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