Meet Elizabeth, Kelly and Rachel: Three very fine, beautiful ladies whom I am proud to call my friends. Each one has sensed God's call to ministry. They were willing to share with me some insight about their backgrounds, passions and ministry work. If you, yourself, are thinking of getting involved in ministry, take a read and be encouraged! These gals have firsthand experience.
I work for FOCUS, which stands for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, and I love it!
Rachel: I work for FOCUS (the Fellowship of Catholic University Students).
I have a bachelors in Accounting, and I am actually just starting to pursue a masters in theology through a distance education program.
I received my Bachelor's degree from Illinois Wesleyan University studying history and secondary education. For four years during college I was involved with a student led ministry called D.R.L. (Death. Resurrection. Life.)
I work as a Program Director in the southeast region. Basically, what that means is I do anything that will help out my regional director and the missionaries at the 7 schools we serve. This involves administrative work, working with hiring new missionaries, and do things to let our missionaries know how much they matter like birthday cards and care packages. Each day looks different from the next, and it's great!
My responsibilities include leading Bible studies, leading girls in discipleship, and basically being radically available to college students. As a FOCUS missionary, I am there to help others grow in their faith in Christ. College can often be a time of running from one's faith and I am there to encourage others to seek their true happiness and fulfillment in God. My ministry work also includes attending Mass and doing an hour of prayer everyday which I love!
It would be hearing the stories of students who have turned their lives over to Christ. To know that God has a plan for each of us involved in the mission to help introduce students to the person of Jesus.
Thus far, the most rewarding part of my job is knowing that God is going to use me to lead others to Him. The transformations that take place when students clings to their faith in Christ are incredible.
For me, it would be being far away from friends and family. Because of working in the office, I don't have the same team environment that many of the missionaries who work on campus have. However, on the other side of that, I am so blessed to be able to have relationships with the missionaries that I serve.
The toughest challenge so far, honestly, has been keeping my pride in check. Sometimes its tough to remember that you have to rely on God so completely for everything. At times it can make me feel helpless but then I remember who better than God to make wonderful things happen with His children.
Pray. Pray. Pray. The most important part of ministry is to be rooted in Christ, and this is the only way that you are going to be growing in your relationship with Him. At the same time, it can sometimes be the hardest routine to establish, but you can't give what you don't have. You have to be getting to know Jesus more each day in order to introduce students to Him.
My advice for those pursuing ministry would be to always feed yourself. You can't give it away unless you have it yourself. It's important to always be in prayer and to always be seeking to know God better. If God's love is abundant in your own life than you can share that love with others much more genuinely.
Do you have any questions for Elizabeth, Kelly or Rachel? Email them to me, and we'll get them answered!