Paige Moore

Hey y’all! My name is Paige, and I’m a FOCUS Missionary!

“I make myself a leper with the lepers to gain all to Jesus Christ. I am the happiest missionary in the world.” -St. Damien of Molokai

Where I serve

Jesus has called me to leave my home state of Mississippi in order to serve the people of Auburn University! I am beyond excited to call Auburn, Alabama and the people of it my new home, including my team! This is my team who I have the joy of serving alongside with this next year. War Eagle!!!

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My Story

Although born and raised in a Catholic household, it wasn’t till the summer going into my junior year of high school that I fully accepted the message of the Gospel and chose to make Christ the center of my life. That following school year the Lord began to reveal His Heart to me in deeper ways as I began to walk in friendship with my youth minister, Mary Frances, and learned what it meant to truly have a relationship with Christ. Upon graduating high school, however, I found myself living in deep patterns of mortal sin after just a week away from prayer and the Sacraments, leading me into a spiral of self-hatred, perfectionism, and crippling shame that followed me into my freshmen year of college at Southern Miss. 

Despite repenting from the sinful lifestyle I had indulged in the summer before, my heart could not have been any further from the loving heart of a merciful Father I thought I once knew. Much of my freshmen year was spent in silent self-hatred in an attempt to “perfect” myself from past sins and hurts. During this season of life I began walking in discipleship with Maddie, a dear friend in my sorority who charitably and patiently spent many of our discipleship formations loving me and listening to me express the deep wounds of shame and self hatred within my aching soul. Through her compassionate accompaniment I was able to hang on by a thread to my faith, and had little clue of the beautiful plans of healing and redemption God was preparing for me in just so soon. This restoration would take place the summer after my freshmen year when God forever changed the trajectory of my life through FOCUS Summer Projects in Boyne Falls, MI. It was in those ten weeks that I re-discovered the Father’s Perfect Love for me through relational daily prayer, the Sacraments, the beauty of northern Michigan, and the life-giving, healing friendships which demonstrated to me the unconditional love of the Father; A love not based on what I’ve done or haven’t done, but in being a beloved daughter of God. I began to see myself and my story the way Jesus did, and I have seen since how He continuously leaves the ninety nine again and again to remind me of my unfaltering identity as His beloved daughter who He has always chosen even in seasons of my life when I didn’t choose Him. 

Upon returning to campus that fall, I knew I was called to bring back the healing and restoration I had discovered in Christ and the Gospel back to USM. As a FOCUS missionary, it is my greatest desire to tend to others in helping them find the same healing and Love I have found in Christ; to go in search of the “one” whom the Good Shepherd longs to put on His shoulders and bring back Home, just as He has never stopped doing for me, especially through the accompaniment of women in my life such as Mary Frances and Maddie who have stopped at nothing to remind me of His Perfect Love. I cannot wait to further come to know the Love of Jesus through those He puts in my life at Auburn University. All glory be His. 

Your Impact

When I answered the call to serve God through FOCUS, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners. It is a delight to invite people to come on mission with me. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about how you can join me on this mission to lead college students to a life with Christ!

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