James Van Matre

Howdy, I’m James!  I am so grateful to be a missionary with FOCUS, making known the reality of God’s Infinite Love in our wounded and weary world.

Where I serve

I currently serve the mission of FOCUS (which, as per Jesus’ command in Matthew 28, is to make disciples of all nations) with the Digital Outreach Team.  My role is to bring the life-changing message the Gospel to any student in the country who desires to know Jesus and to make Him known.  I live in Irving, TX, where I support our on-campus missionaries in the diocese of Dallas and engage in outreach to local parishes. 

My Story

I encountered the Person of Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration at the age of fourteen, thanks to a LifeTeen summer camp called Covecrest.  I lived my faith for some time in high school, but I fell away once I got to college.  By the grace and mercy of our God, I had a powerful encounter with the heart of God as my Heavenly Dad on Father’s Day of 2010.  From that moment, I knew that He was calling me to be a missionary so that I could share the incredible, unconditional Love I experienced from Him with anyone and everyone. 

Your Impact

As St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to say: “Some give by going–others go by giving.”  By spiritually and financially partnering with me on this mission, you are sharing the life-changing message that we are beloved sons and daughters of God the Father, for whom He gave His only Son, Jesus, to save us–and not only that, but that, through the Holy Spirit, He continues to radically transform our lives from glory to glory, both in this life and the next.  Thank you so much for your generosity, and God bless you and your family abundantly! 

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