God has called this Southern California girl to love and serve Him this upcoming year at McNeese State University, in Lake Charles, Louisiana! Geaux Pokes!
From the time we were little kids, all the way to college graduation we were asked the question “What do you want to be when you grow up” or “What are you going to do after school?” This question always haunted me, since I really never knew! I knew I could be a lot of things, but I never felt drawn to anything in particular. What I did know was that I wanted to love people and help them see how wonderfully God created them.
Mother Teresa once said “The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.” I believe she’s right, since I personally experienced this type of poverty in my own life. I grew up in a truly wonderful family that raised me to love the Lord and know Him more and more as I grew up. But once I entered high school, I suffered a lot from feelings of loneliness and being left out, and in general felt pretty forgettable. When I left for college, I struggled to find my place on campus, and had a hard time making friends. While these were difficult years for me, they ultimately fueled my desire to love others well. When FOCUS came to the University of Dallas, I met a wonderful missionary who invited me to join a Bible study. Her friendship was such a gift to me, and helped me to encounter in a new way the friendship of Jesus Christ, and His constant desire to accompany me throughout all the moments of my life.Since then, I knew that if I could do the same for others, my life would be well spent.
I began leading a Bible study in college, and ended up encountering so many students and friends that I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise. I want my friendship to lead others to the perfect friendship which God offers to all of us.
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 feel blessed with the most amazing people who journey with me as I serve on campus. If you are interested in partnering with me, please send me an email at [email protected]. I would love to schedule a time to get coffee and talk more about the mission. I’d be truly honored to be on this mission with you!