Jessica Laurenzano

Hi! My name is Jess and I’m a FOCUS missionary 🙂

Where I serve

I’m excited to begin my eighth year on staff and my fourth year with the Missions Department in Denver! As a Sr. Manager of Operations, I support my team and our on-campus missionaries as they prepare for successful and transformative mission trips. After an incredible experience of growing in faith with some of my closest friends on campus at West Point, it’s a joy to now serve in a role that allows our current campus staff to invest deeply. I’ve witnessed the life-changing impact that encounters in prayer, community and poverty can have on students’ lives, and I trust that the Lord will win many more souls to Himself through mission this next season!

Celebrating mass along the St. Patrick Pilgrim Way in Ireland, July 2019.

My Story

I was blessed to be raised in a Catholic family, but for much of my life I didn’t have a true understanding of what the faith was or what it meant. During my first years of college I began to grapple with what I was called to, always asking myself “what’s the point?” In a season when none of the world’s answers seemed satisfactory, I encountered the person of Jesus Christ through the Eucharist and began to grow in relationship with Him. Since then, my world has been filled with life and adventure in a way that I never imagined possible.

It’s my hope that all of our staff and students on campus will come to know what I’ve learned – that they are deeply loved and that God desires for them to live a life of great joy and freedom! I firmly believe that by giving a continued yes to this role in the Missions Department, God will continue to transform my own heart and use our ministry to change lives across the world.

Your Impact

None of this would be possible without you! I ask for your prayers and that you consider joining my monthly support team. As a missionary, I fundraise my entire salary in order to be fully available to the mission entrusted to me – an endeavor that has been abundantly blessed. I have an amazing team of mission partners who have become a valuable and integrated part of this ministry through their creativity and generosity. It would be an honor to have you join me as well!

Debriefing and celebrating an incredible mission in El Salvador, May 2021.

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