Paul Kelley

Hey! I’m Paul, a second-year FOCUS missionary.

Where I serve

NST2024TeamPhotoI am currently in my second year serving as a missionary at Minnesota State University Mankato working part-time with students in the Saint Peter area, and spending the rest on campus at MSUM. MSUM is a school in Mankato, MN, and has a student body of 15000 students. I went to school at Gustavus Adolphus College which is in the Saint Peter area, so I am super excited to be able to work with students at my alma mater! Go Gusties and Roll Mavs!

My Story

In the spring semester of my freshman year, I experienced a profound reversion to the faith, marking a significant turning point in my life’s journey. As the world grappled with the challenges posed by the Covid pandemic, I found myself abruptly sent home from campus, facing days devoid of purpose and direction. It was an unfamiliar and disorienting period, casting a shadow of darkness over my spirit. However, it was precisely within that darkness that God revealed Himself and called me to a life lived for Him.

In the ensuing years, I wholeheartedly embraced this calling, actively participating in Bible study and engaging in the rosary with the Newman Center at Gustavus, my beloved school. Though my commitment to living for God deepened during this time, it wasn’t until the end of my Junior year that I was introduced to FOCUS through the Minnesota State Mankato Newman Center. It was there that I embarked on a journey of growth, joining Bible study groups and engaging in discipleship under the guidance of a missionary. Through these experiences, God expedited my spiritual development and nurtured my leadership skills.

Towards the latter part of my senior year, I began applying the valuable insights and lessons learned at MSU to my own Gustavus community. It was awe-inspiring to witness how God could utilize my willingness and obedience to transform a small community into a thriving and vibrant one. Personally, I experienced profound personal growth during my college years through the influence of FOCUS, and now, my heartfelt desire is to extend that transformative impact to others.

With great passion and dedication, I aspire to foster spiritual growth and guide others on their own faith journeys. The lessons I have learned, the wisdom I have gained, and the love I have received from God compel me to share the transformative power of faith with those who seek it. Together, let us embark on a shared path of discovery, igniting the flame of faith, and nurturing a community of spiritual growth and personal development.

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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