Shields Haire

Where I serve

I will be serving as a first year missionary at the Aurora Campus in Denver, CO which consists of University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State, and Community College of Denver. I am excited to spread the Gospel to students all across campus by leading bible studies, praying with students, and sharing my journey with Christ and walking with the students through their faith journey. I will also be apart of the missions team working at the FOCUS headquarters where I will be helping to coordinate life-changing mission trips to over 25 different countries. These mission trips are focused on serving the poor in charity and truth, and allow students, missionaries, and communities we serve to elevate and come to a deeper understanding of their own relationship with Jesus! These mission trips allow people to encounter God and spread the Gospel in a new and beautiful way!

My Story

I was born and raised in Tupelo, MS, and attended the University of Mississippi before transferring to Boston College. I grew up Catholic and was very involved at my home parish growing up and had a strong relationship with Christ. However, when I went to Ole Miss, I began to fall away from the faith and no longer received the sacraments. After my third semester, I no longer knew the man that I was and decided to take a semester off from college to grow in my faith and restore my relationship with Christ. I knew that I was called to do more! At home, I began to receive the sacraments and knew that I wanted to serve the poor in charity and truth, so I decided to live in Peru for two months spreading the Gospel. It was there that I fell in love with serving the poor and truly encountered Jesus’ Love!

During this encounter with Christ through mission, I decided to transfer to a Catholic university, Boston College. It was there where I started to become extremely involved with FOCUS: attending bible studies and walking with my missionary on campus.  After graduating from Boston College, I felt a strong calling to serve the poor in charity and truth, and decided to join the missions team, so I can continue to serve on mission. I believe that it is of utmost importance to serve the poor because it embodies the meaning of charity and love for others that Jesus preaches in the Gospels.

Your Impact

FOCUS mission trips have made a life-changing impact on my life and has helped me to encounter Jesus in different ways and allow me to strengthen my relationship with Jesus through serving the poor in charity and truth. Your donation will allow me to continue this mission and spread the love of Jesus. It will also help other students and missionaries to be able to attend these mission trips and give them the ability to have a similar experience to mine and evangelize all around the world. 

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