Nov 08

Morgan is off to Interview for FOCUS

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Photo Credit: Casey Johnson

Morgan Comeaux is a senior and she has a great desire for the Lord and fulfilling His Great Commission. Morgan has spent the past 4 years learning how to be the best teacher that she could be! In that love for teaching, she has found a great love for the mission. She loves to watch people in those moments of “Ahha!” and wants more than anything to see them thrive and be the best version of themselves.

She will be interviewing to be a FOCUS missionary this weekend in Oklahoma City! Please pray for her open heart and for her love to be seen by those she will encounter this weekend and those on UL’s campus!

Nov 01

Spiritual Multiplication Works!!

Well, for the past year I have been talking about how if one person invests into three other people, and those three invest into three others, and so on and so forth, we could reach the world for Jesus Christ! I must admit though, sometimes I even questioned this method. It is so hard to see the fruit that the Lord is blessing when you don’t take to the time to thank Him and appreciate His great work! After working with Macie for a about 6 months last year, she started to invest into disciples of her own. She started her journey with a simple “yes” to the Lord, allowing me to mentor her through prayer and continuing formation, and is now investing and sharing what she has learned with eight other beautiful women. All of these women have said yes to God and are all under the age of 20! I wanted to share these women specifically with you because they inspire me with their zeal for the faith and their desire to spiritually multiply! Last night really compelled me to share them with because at 8:30 every monday we have Eucharistic Adoration and Praise and Worship, and nearly every one of them was there and sitting in the front of the church. For me personally, I was overwhelmed with joy and grace. The Lord truly kindled the fire in my heart and assured me that this is His plan and that the love that they have for Him is pure and runs deeper than I could have ever imagined. Thank you for your support in helping these women fall madly in love with Jesus and His Church.

In the picture below left to right: Tori Furka, Elizabeth Sheldon, Macie Weaver, Celeste Manuel, Maddy Bergeron
Front and center: Sarah Chatman

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Aug 30

ជំរាបសួរ! Cześć! Hello!

Hello! Those were the three languages I was immersed in this summer; Khmer (official language of Cambodia), Polish, and of course, English. After the craziest summer, I am happy to report that I am finally back in Louisiana. This summer the Lord has worked on me, He has pulled me, stretched me, and has set my heart ablaze for the mission! I owe a great thanks to you all for making it possible for all that the Lord to shown me.

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200 Students!

While I was in Poland I was surrounded by mercy, love, and the worldwide church that was fully alive and well! Being there, I often reflected on the great need to be alive, be loved, and to embrace mercy from God the Father! Unfortunately, all three of these things are severely lacking on our college campuses across the nation. With that being said, I want to share with you how these are slowly changing on UL’s campus! At our first Ragin’ Cajun Catholic event, we had over 200 people come for fellowship, for encouragement, and to praise and worship the Lord! I repeat over 200 college students!!! 

Thank you so much for your support and prayers! Please keep praying for the conversion of hearts and a turn to mercy! And if there is anything you need prayers for, please let me know either here, email, text, call, any and all ways!

 

With much love,

Brenna O’Hara

 

PS here is my contact info!

Brenna O’Hara

505.901.3837
brenna.ohara@focus.org

Jul 18

First Year Update

Presented to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish on July 16 and 17, 2016

Good morning/evening! And thank you again Father Glenn for this opportunity. Well, it has been about a year since I last stood here and told you about my mission with Focus. I was excited and passionate about what I was about to start doing, but the biggest feeling I had was fear. I knew on paper what to do, but I was afraid to leave my parish, my home, and my comfort zone! In this fear the Lord showed me my weakness of wanting to control everything. I was afraid of asking for financial support, I was afraid of moving to a different state, and I was afraid I was going to fail. He showed me slowly and gently that it wasn’t my job to control my life, it was His. Because the people of IHM are willing to help financially, I could have a home away from home (where butter is one of the main food groups), and as long as I said yes to Him, every moment of every day, I would not, and could not, fail.

By His grace, I not only survived this past year, but His mission thrived. None of this would have been possible without the army I have standing behind me here, in my home parish. I could never thank you all enough for your prayers, your care packages, and your financial support. Here are just a few things that you all have done in Southern Louisiana:

You have brought 13 women to commit their lives to the Lord.
You have helped feed them countless times.
You sent a few to a leadership conference in Dallas this past January.
And you have sent one of my girls and myself across the Pacific to serve the poor in Cambodia.

Sometimes we have a hard time seeing the fruit that bears through our giving and hard work, but I stand before you today to tell you, you are changing a generation that will someday change the world. Of course, there is still work to be done. There are still young people out there looking for love in all the wrong places, they are still looking to find something that will fulfill them, and they are not finding it. We, FOCUS and you all, are still fighting the good fight for the souls of our young people. There is still hope for this world; I see it every day around these college students, around my teammates, and through you.

I encourage you, as I return to The University of Louisiana this next year, to not give up on any of these students, to keep praying for their hearts to be transformed, and for the spiritual poverty we have in this country to turn into spiritual abundance. Mother Teresa, said “There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.” Thank you again for all that you have done this past year, and all that you continue to do to alleviate this hunger.

Mar 16

Be Silent and Listen

Well, what an eventful week it has been since I last talk to you all. Me and my teammate, Allison (the redhead), and I took a group of 5 beautiful women on a retreat this weekend to Nashville with the Dominican Sister of Saint Cecilia. Each one needed this opportunity for growth, for silence, and a help in laying it all down for the Lord. For me, and what I really want to share with you is, the beauty of silence is something that is powerful and something we don’t ever realize we need (that’s what I learned this weekend). In the chaos and craziness of the world, we don’t stop and realize that the Lord is standing right by our side and patiently waits for us to turn to Him and just be with Him

This year has taught me so much about how much of a gentleman the Lord is. The Lord with never force Himself on us but, that doesn’t mean He doesn’t stop waiting for us. How perfect and beautiful is that; He waits for every single one of us to finally turn to Him and see Him. For this last week of Lent, I want to challenge all of you to be silent and listen. Turn off your phone, stop distracting yourself with noise and being “busy,” turn and see the Lord, even more so, listen to what he wants to tell you. He may want to tell you how much He joy you have when you look at your children, it could also be how incredibly loved you are by Him and your spouse, or how you have been blessed with a beautiful family even when things get hard. He has been waiting to tell you something but, you need to stop with the noise and just listen. I’m not asking for an entire day with no noise, no, 15 minutes. Don’t take your phone to prayer, don’t play music when you drive to work, don’t read; just be with Him, just sit in silence, and honestly it is going to be incredibly uncomfortable. Why?! Well, because we are use to being “busybodies,” be silent and listen. That’s all He wants. He is waiting for you, are you ready to meet Him?

Mar 09

Prayers Needed!

Hey y’all! Things down here have been busier than ever but, if amongst all the craziness the Lord has continued to just pour His grace upon me. I would ask that you keep a few things in your prayers over the next few weeks.

 

The first: This weekend I am taking a group of young women on a retreat to Nashville, TN with the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia. Please pray for them that they may find clarity in what the Lord is calling them to.

Second: A few weeks ago I went to a gathering of Southern Plains (the region I am apart of) missionaries and I was able to spend incredible time with some wonderful leaders within FOCUS and also our CEO Curtis Martin. That weekend really open up my eyes to the mission that we are all called to. At this gathering those who have applied to be a Team Director for next year and have qualified were there. It was an absolute privilege to be one of 60 leaders in the Southern Plains. I would ask you to please pray for my fellow missionaries and our organization, that the best 130 missionaries will be selected to become Team Directors for next year.

Thank you all for your continued support and prayers. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are always with you! Please let me know if I can pray for you in anyways either here or via email or phone call.

Peace and blessings!

brenna.ohara@focus.org

Jan 20

I’m Back in the South!

I’m finally getting back into the swing of things here in Lafayette and there is so much to share! On January 1-5 we took a group of about 41 Ragin’ Cajuns to Dallas for a Summit that is put on by FOCUS. It was such an amazing experience, there were a total of about 3,000 people who were eager to learn more about the Lord and our Great Commision. Hearts were radically changed over the course of these 5 days, whether that was from our Adoration to the speakers, or their small groups to their sessions where they learned how to present the gospel to others. It was wild but, I got the chance to talk with many of our students about the highlights of their experience, I also had time to catch up with fellow missionaries from training. We shared many “war stories” about our campuses, the hard times that we all have gone through but also how the Lord has blessed our campuses.  It was great to meet the students that have been blessed to have my friends on their campus.

There are so many stories to share! Here is an article that seems to capture the realness of what SLS:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/429535/catholic-students-mission

While I was there I was able to lead a group of women, all but one was greek and the other was an athlete, and help them to teach others and learn different techniques that would help them to share the good word of the Lord! Through them, I was reminded of why I am doing this, to go out and spread the word to all nations. Needless to say, these women helped to spark my heart back up to go out.

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One final thought y’all, in the words of Father Mike Schmidt who spoke at the Summit, he tells us as all Christians, “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back.”

Thank you all for your love, prayers, and gifts. I can’t wait to share another semester with you!

With much love from Lafayette,

Brenna

Nov 20

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Nov 17

Giving Thanks!

I often have a hard time being thankful. This is for numerous reasons, one huge reason is because, I can often times be selfish. It has taken me some time now to be aware of this (still something that I am struggling with!!). But what I want to say now is thank you! Thank you for all of your prayers, your support, and your yes to this mission! I would not be where I am personally, spiritually, or professionally, if it weren’t for you all. I hope that I can talk with all of you and tell you exactly how much you have done for me!  You have all helped me in my relationship with Christ. You have helped others grow in a relationship with Christ. And you have strengthened the future of the Church and the world. Thank you all so much! Only a few more weeks till I can tell you some transforming stories!

Nov 04

What Do I Do?

I’m not going to lie, I have one of the best jobs in the world. Back in July I got asked, nearly everyday, “What exactly are you going to be doing?” And I would have given you a very well versed answer that would have most certainly answered your question but it wouldn’t have been an authentic answer. Being here on campus, many people are confused and wonder, ‘if you don’t go to school at ULL, what do you do?’ Some students will say that, “The FOCUS missionaries are basically professional friends.” How incredibly wrong they are.

So, what do I do?
I am a soldier. I am at war. I am at war for souls. And my Commander is Christ Jesus. I fight next to all of the Saints in Heaven (canonized and those who aren’t), I pray for Mary to protect me, and I ask Jesus to use me daily as His soldier. This is a war that never sleeps, never rests, it is a war that is always raging on. I encounter souls everyday, some that I am familiar with and others that I have never met before. No matter the soul, stranger or not, I fall in love with. I pray for them. I pray that Christ opens their hearts up to His love. I pray that they see the Lord in others, but before that, I pray they see the Lord in themselves. I pray for open eyes, open hearts, and opportunity to act upon what students have seen and heard. I am a teacher. I teach others about how to equip themselves to enter into this war. I teach them what it means to have a true relationship with Christ (and other souls). I teach them how to dive deeper into the Word of God. I live a life that is totally centered around Christ Jesus. I have put myself and my selfishness aside so that he may work through me. I ask him to take over my heart, my thoughts, my words, and my actions.

I live with my students, I study when they study, I talk when they need to talk, I eat when they want to eat, I share my life with them and they share theirs. I love them. Not just one of them, but all of them.

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