God has called us to serve college students at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa! Go Panthers!
Jake’s Story: During my early years in college, I had a deep encounter with the Eucharist that set a hunger for the Lord. As I began to engage in conversations, participate in a bible study, and attend Mass, I slowly began to realize the power peace of knowing God as my Father. During this continued realization, I started to see how many men on my campus had no idea who they were, they had no idea that they are children of the King. I felt a call to give my life to walking with these young men as they learn who Jesus is. It is an absolute joy to let the Lord use me in this way and I am extremely excited to share the many blessings!
Hannah’s Story: As a missionary, my greatest desire is to console the Heart of Jesus by bringing Him the precious souls of college students. In the second half of my college years, the Lord invited me into a deep and profound relationship with Himself. I couldn’t resist the intimate beckoning of my heart to His, and I knew He wanted to tell me the truth of who I am rather than believing the lies the world was feeding me. There is an immense hunger and thirst for truth and intimacy in our world that so many young men and women are searching for. I am so excited to go on this sweet adventure with Jesus, to walk with others and proclaim to them the truth of who they are in God’s eyes!
Our Story: Shortly after saying yes to FOCUS, we began dating during our senior year of college at Northwest Missouri State. Jake began serving as a missionary at the University of Northern Iowa and Hannah was serving at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. After a year and a half, Jake proposed and we were married six months later on May 20th, 2023! Now Hannah is joining Jake at Northern Iowa where he will be fulfilling a new role in leading the team of missionaries as the Team Director!
When we answered the call to join FOCUS, we made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help us through this mission. We’ve been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with us as we serve on campus. If you are interested in partnering with our family, please let us know of the best way to reach you and we will schedule an appointment. We’d be honored to share this mission with you.