Joseph Deckert

Hey! My name’s Joseph. I’m a FOCUS missionary.

Where I serve

I currently serve at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville! This year I to get lead bible studies and discipleship groups to grow with students in deepening our relationship with Christ!

My Story

My reversion to the faith happened my sophomore year at Iowa State University where I was invited into a bible study from some guys involved at the student center. I really didn’t want to join because I felt like I had my faith figured out at the time (which was false), but I resulted to join out of an inkling the Lord put on my heart. I started to make friends that wanted to have real conversations and really cared about me and my relationship with Christ. People that actually pushed me to go deeper. I learned by little conversions what authentic friends really looked like.

Upon having these authentic friendships now in my life because of the introduction to this Focus bible study, I was able to apply these friendships to the way that Christ honestly desires a relationship with me. More than that though, Christ actually desires intimacy with me! I started to pursue the Lord in the prayer of the rosary, holy hours, and daily mass and he has radically changed me through these acts of fidelity and continues to do so. Through the graces I received from him I applied to FOCUS knowing I wanted to give more of myself to the Lord.

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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