Kelby Toups

FOCUS Missionary at Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17

Where I serve

The Lord called me from South Louisiana to go and serve the students at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana! I am excited to serve my second year on mission in Natchitoches, Louisiana again!

Team Northwestern from left to right: myself (2nd year), Patrick Clay (1st year), Anna Hurd (Team Director, 4th year); not pictured: Abigail Gutierrez (3rd year)

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My Story

Throughout my five years of undergrad at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, I constantly saw myself bouncing between many cultures on a college campus. I wanted to fulfill friendships with the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Student Center community, my fraternity brothers in the Kappa Sigma fraternity, and those students I encountered as an Orientation Team member and later on as an Ambassador Team member of Nicholls State.

I met many FOCUS missionaries who wanted to specifically grow with me in authentic friendship and walk with me through Bible Study, Discipleship, and the Sacraments to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ Jesus. It was a great gift from God that I encountered a few male FOCUS missionaries who wanted more for me to strive in my Catholic faith. Through their witnesses, testimonies, and friendships of these amazing men, they gave me the motivation and desire to apply to FOCUS and become a campus missionary.

It is a blessing and a great opportunity from our Lord that He put me in this position where I am granted the opportunity to walk with students by the Lord’s will, guidance, and love at Northwestern State University. I am excited to be changed by all of the people I encounter on the mission!

Your Impact

God has granted me an amazing opportunity to encounter a new journey moving from South to North Louisiana, but we are all called to be on mission in some way! It is through the generosity of our faithful Mission Partners that our mission is made possible. If you feel called by the Lord, I would be blessed to have you join my financial support team and join the mission! Your impact can make that small difference in a college student’s life to grow closer in their love for Jesus Christ!

If you would like to reach out to schedule a time to meet and chat, you can contact me via my cell at 985-859-7652 or email at [email protected]!

We ask for continued prayers for our team and the students of Northwestern State University!

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