Sarah Bissell

The future starts today, not tomorrow,”

-St. John Paul II

Hey, I’m Sarah! And I’m a first-year FOCUS Missionary!

Where I serve

The Lord has called me to Birmingham, Alabama! And I said “YES!” There I get the privilege to serve the students at the University of Alabama Birmingham/Samford University!

Team UAB/Samford: Madi and Michael, Kevin, Emily, Connor and his wife Katie

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My Story

I grew up cradle catholic, was always involved in my faith, and looked for a catholic community when choosing a college; but I had no idea what an impact my friends at NSU Catholic would have on my life. I met FOCUS missionaries and student leaders that showed me authentic friendship and how to live out a deeply personal relationship with Jesus. They invited me to bible studies, national conferences, and mission trips constantly challenging me to step out of my comfort zone. They empowered me with confidence to reach out to and lead other students in the faith!

I graduated from Northwestern State University in May 2023 with a degree in Sacred Music. Now, I have been given an opportunity to answer this call to discipleship in a radical way to lead the next generation of college students as a FOCUS missionary myself!

NSU Catholic at Holy Cross, Natchitoches, LA

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Your Impact

I cannot do this mission without you!

I would like to invite you to prayerfully consider where is the Lord calling you?  Who is He asking you to love? Does it feel radical or outside your comfort zone? Are you willing to say “yes?”

It is because of generous mission partners like you that I am able to “say yes” to living and working with the students in Birmingham, AL as a full-time missionary!

Some go to give, others give to go. If it is the Lord’s will, I would love for you to join me in partnership on this mission through your prayers and financial support. Together we can help fulfill the Great Commission of making disciples of all nations!

I would also love to schedule an appointment to hear your experience and share more about this mission and it’s vision! Please email me at [email protected]! Can’t wait to talk to you soon! Thank you for your “yes!” to the Lord (whatever it may be)!

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