I had the honor of serving for 3 years as a campus missionary from 2019-2022. I currently serve in the Philanthropy Engagement Department, helping our donors see, feel, and hear the difference they’re making.
Since I was a young girl, I have always had a genuine love for Jesus. Yet, as I grew up, I let other things distract me and pull me away from my relationship with Him. One of the biggest blessings of my life was soccer but it was indeed an obsession. I began playing when I was four years old, and I wanted to play in college more than anything. In high school, I could balance soccer and my faith fairly well, but when I got to college, things began to change. I was a very busy Division 1 college athlete, playing soccer at the University of Kentucky. Very occupied with practice, workouts, school and my social life, my faith slowly slipped into the background. I decided to transfer after my first year and committed to play my remaining three years at George Mason University. Because I had put so much of my identity into being an SEC, Kentucky soccer player, transferring felt like the biggest failure I had ever experienced. Since I had lost what I had put my identity in, I didn’t quite know who I was or why I should continue trying to be my best self. I indulged in the college lifestyle, making choices that would eventually just make me feel even more empty in the end.
During my junior year, my best friend and teammate, Erinn, asked me to go to a FOCUS conference with her and I said yes. At that conference, I went back to confession for the first time in a long time, participated in daily mass and prayer, and listened to some incredible speakers. I came back refreshed and knew I had to make some significant changes to my life. Of course, our faith isn’t a one and done deal, we are constantly falling and learning to rise up, and begin again. I’ve learned to never stop striving for virtue, no matter how many times you fall. I’ve learned a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the most fulfilling thing you can experience, even if it requires sacrifice and effort. I’ve learned it’s not about being perfect and then letting Jesus love you, but letting Jesus love you in all your imperfections. I hope to teach others all these things as I am on mission, and above all, to share the transforming love of Christ.
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.