Gabriella Thomas

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

“It may be possible for each to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbor.” – C.S. Lewis

Where I serve

God has called me to serve the beautiful souls at Harvard University for my first year on mission. I am so excited to share the love, joy, and peace of Christ on campus and to invite students into a personal relationship with Him.

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Team Harvard 2022-2023!

My Story

I grew up in a faithful Catholic family and was able to experience a great deal of the beauty of the Catholic Faith from a young age. While I had such a profound experience of the faith, I never quite felt a personal relationship to Christ, and I didn’t understand the Catholic Church and all of its teachings to be an extension of His very heart.

During my freshman year of college at UPenn, my life felt entirely unfulfilling. I studied International Relations and aspired to work in the field of human rights law – always having a desire to be part of something bigger than myself, and to spend my life at the service of others, but there was something missing – I wanted to do it all by my own means and not the way that God intended for me to. At the end of that first year after reaching the lowest, most difficult point of my life, I had a reversion and began intentionally praying and learning more about the faith. Still feeling as though something was missing, I joined a FOCUS bible study on campus that fall, and it changed my life. I became more involved in the Catholic community, and through the guidance of FOCUS missionaries fell deeply in love with Christ, and my desire to grow in faith was exponentially multiplied.

Towards the end of my junior year, I felt a deep desire on my heart for all the students around me to know who and whose they really are. I began to see the need for all people to know their worth and to live the beautiful life that the Lord has intended for us. Following the inspiring example of FOCUS missionaries before me, I felt called to apply and my conviction for mission has only multiplied since then.

Being a missionary has been the greatest joy of my life. It has fulfilled every desire that I have ever had, and even ones I didn’t know I had! God is so good and I am honored to share in His work by being His missionary. I cannot wait to see what Year 2 on mission holds.

Here are some moments with women I have been blessed to walk with at Harvard this year:

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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. This has been one of the most challenging yet totally rewarding aspects of being a missionary.

If you are interested in partnering with me to bring God’s love and truth to college students, please contact me at [email protected] or 215-359-7657, and I would love to schedule an appointment to share more about FOCUS and the work I will be doing. It would be an absolute honor to share in this mission with you.

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