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.