God has called me to serve the college students at Black Hills State University in the beautiful state of Spearfish, South Dakota. In all things Jesus is faithful and has radically changed my life. I would love to sit down and share my story with you sometime! Come find me, let’s hangout !
My faith wasn’t something that I grew up with, but the Lord was waiting patiently for me. I was a freshman in high school when my perfect world around me shattered. My parents got divorced, long-time friendships ended, and I experienced real loss for the first time when my grandparents and my uncle all suddenly passed away. I was sitting in the darkest place that I had ever been in my life and I didn’t know where to go or what to do. It was October of that year that I went on a retreat that changed the trajectory of my life. It was on that retreat that I met the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration and my whole life was changed. I had never felt more seen, known and loved than in that moment. I walked away from that retreat a different Sami–one that had learned that my identity comes from being His daughter and not from what the world was expecting of me.
Fast forward a couple years I am now in college–the best four years of your life, right? Not for me. My college experience looked different than most, but it was in the challenges and the hardships that I saw my poverty where the Lord met me. He met me on campus through FOCUS missionaries like Sarah, Rachel H., Erin and Rachel Z. These four women taught me how to have a prayer life and how to keep Jesus at the center of it all. They taught me about the Lord and how to have a deep and personal relationship with Him, and they taught me how to be in an authentic friendship but more importantly how to live that out in a community. I learned to step out of myself and to give my life back to the Lord.
So, here I am, answering the Lord’s invitation to serve as His missionary through FOCUS. I am excited to answer this call, to meet students on campus and to invite them into a life that is so full and so fulfilling.
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.