Grace Carlson

Hi, my name is Grace Carlson! I’m a FOCUS missionary.

Where I serve

This year I am honored to serve at Southern Methodist University in Dallas! This will be a big change from attending school in Berkeley, California, and I am so excited for the adventure! Particularly, I feel called to share all the blessings that I received while in college with other college students and provide virtuous friendship and a home for students on campus at SMU.

I would love for you to be on my team, whether that be through prayers or financial support! Together, we can bring Christ to Dallas. Pony up!

My Story

My faith was not personal to me growing up, but Jesus continuously extended a personal invitation to me throughout my life. When I got to UC Berkeley, I dove headfirst into Greek life and sought fulfillment in things I thought mattered to the world–my activities, job titles, the people I surrounded myself with. My sophomore year, having just moved into my sorority house and navigating the complicated remnants of COVID, I began to seek out the deeper meaning of my life, restlessly trying to understand the deep yearning in my heart for Jesus.

I joined a FOCUS bible study for women in Greek life and began discipleship. For the first time, I encountered true virtuous friendship in the other Catholic students and FOCUS missionaries on my campus. My identity was no longer rooted in the things of this world. Rather, I received my identity as a beloved daughter of God and found my purpose in life. I was gifted an intimate relationship with the Lord through prayer and the sacraments.

I fell in love with helping others realize this truth, too. My senior year, I was the outreach chair for our student ministry team, I led a Greek bible study, and mentored women in discipleship. I found profound meaning in sharing the joy of the Gospel and serving souls of college students. Having experienced the many sufferings and trials of college myself, I felt called to love other students by bringing Christ and authentic friendship into their lives.

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 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 this mission with you.

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