I have been given the wonderful opportunity to serve as the Team Director at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA! I will be working alongside my teammates Hannah, Weston, and Ann as the first FOCUS team at LA Tech!
I began college at Texas A&M, picking up right where I left off my faith in high school – just going through the motions. This mindset was promoted even more with an academically rigorous schedule, but (by the grace of God) continued to attend the events and Sunday Mass at St. Mary’s, though still not doing much more than that. Towards the end of freshman year, I had a good friend share with me how a personal relationship with Jesus Christ had changed his life – it was more fulfilled, lively, and free. I saw something in him that I wanted. I took a step towards that life, beginning to pray more frequently, pushing for excellence in not just school but in faith as well. As much as I was trying to grow, I was still falling into the same traps of worry about friends, grades, and being perfect.
A switch was flipped junior year when the same friend asked me one night, “Jack, is Jesus enough for you?” I had to answer honestly, that no He wasn’t. I was placing my worth in friendships, grades, and involvement. From that point on, my striving for excellence continued with a different lens – Jesus is enough for me, and He alone will bring fulfillment, life, and freedom! This path has lead me to know God’s faithfulness and goodness, so much so that I want men in college to know that in a greater way!
I spent my first two years of mission at Clemson University where I saw God provide greatly in how the students, especially men, responded to the invitation to living a life with Christ! The Lord was doing a lot of work among the community in Clemson, but even more I saw Him continuing to increase my trust in His faithfulness. I am excited to pick this up in Ruston and be challenged to grow in my holiness as I, in some small way, share the Good News of Jesus Christ!
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!