Matthew Russell

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

Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students and student-athletes at Texas A&M University! You’ll typically find me going out for a run, the Newman Center, or high-fiving people around campus. I have a pretty cool story about how Jesus has changed my life — I think you should hear it sometime! Come find me and I’d love to share it with you. 🙂

My Story

Growing up I was blessed with a great family (my two parents and two younger brothers) that helped foster the Catholic life from a young age. I attended Catholic school for almost 15 years before attending the University of North Dakota where I studied electrical engineering and kinesiology. I was also a part of the track and field/cross country teams at UND as well!

Coming to college helped me realize how lost I was internally and allowed me to encounter Jesus and some amazing people through our Newman Center community. The FOCUS missionaries at UND invested in me and showed me what a real relationship with the Lord looks like, and I am forever grateful for their unrelenting friendship.

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. I look to Jesus own example to find the best method of reaching the world. I’ve been constantly amazed by the different souls I’ve encountered on campus. Jesus tells his disciples along their journey, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.” To be able to encounter these students on campus is such a gift, and I find the most joy in sharing the Gospel and life with those I meet!

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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