Zachary Bleckler

This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the time to preach it from the rooftops. Do not be afraid to break out of comfortable and routine modes of living in order to take up the challenge of making Christ known in the modern metropolis.” – Pope St. John Paul II

Where I serve

God has called me to serve the students at the University of Cincinnati, and I couldn’t be more excited! Go Bearcats!IMG 1585

My Story

I was blessed to be born and raised Catholic, but I always thought of the faith as a set of rules I had to follow. I never realized that a relationship with Jesus was not only possible, but it was necessary! After coming to college at Mizzou for my freshman year, I was bogged down by the ways of this world, and my life lacked fulfillment. I had stopped practicing my faith altogether at that point, but I knew I needed something more in my life. It wasn’t until I got involved with a FOCUS Bible Study that the tides began to turn. I attended this Bible Study regularly and eventually got invited by a missionary to go to Seek 2023, a conference run by FOCUS. After hearing amazing talks, seeing thousands of college students on fire for their faith, and participating in the sacraments, I gave my life completely to Christ.

When discerning what to do after college, I was encouraged by a missionary at Mizzou to apply to FOCUS. I had a great job offer lined up, but I wanted to be open to the Lord’s will, so I decided to interview. During this interview, I felt God calling me toward His mission to make disciples of all nations, and so here I am trying to answer that call! I’m so excited to share the joy, love, and mercy of Jesus with as many people as I can.

Your Impact

“Some give by going, and some go by giving. Without both, the Mission does not exist.”

– Saint Mother Teresa

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. 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. You can reach me at [email protected]. I’d be honored to share this mission with you!

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