Matthew Zahn

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

“Don’t ever think that you are unknown to Christ, as if you were just a number in an anonymous crowd. Each one of you is precious to Christ. He knows you personally, He loves you tenderly, even when you are not aware of it.”

-Pope St. John Paul II, WYD August 15, 2000

Where I serve

God has called me to serve my fourth year with FOCUS as a team member at Western Washington University! Each year in FOCUS, I have grow in confidence in the gifts and talents God has given me to reach others for Him, as well as deepened my understanding of His thirst for souls to be united with Him in His Church. My prayer is that He works wonders on campus this year to raise up men “after His own heart”, ready to set the world ablaze with His Divine Love. I would love to share more with you!

Below is a photo of my new team! From left to right: Matthew (me), Taylor, Luke (holding Nora), Mika (holding Sophia), and Kiarah.

My Story

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to bring college students to Christ. My life has been radically transformed by God, and I want nothing more than to bring this joy and meaning to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. When I was growing up, I learned to equate my dignity and worth with what I could accomplish. While this motivated me to work hard and strive always to do my best, I really did come to believe that I had to be perfect in order to maintain my identity.

When I got to college, God permitted those aspects of my life in which I had placed all my value as a person athletic and academic achievement, and social status to be stripped away. I was devastated and desperately trying to pick up the pieces of my life to make sense of who I was. It was at this low point that God introduced me to my friends Marcus and Anthony. Young men just like me, Marcus and Anthony were FOCUS missionaries on my campus. Through their friendship, I learned that I didn t have to be perfect in order to be loved and accepted. In fact, their friendship with me modeled the relationship that God was desiring to have with me. 

Though I grew up in a loving family that nurtured my faith, God chose to use my experience in college to help me accept the love He has for me, and to make this love the root of my identity as well as the beginning and end of every action. This is the truth I desire all students to live in and from. We are infinitely loved by the Father and freely created by Him to share in His own blessed life. 

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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