Launching College Students into Lifelong Catholic Mission

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Since 2004, nearly 3,500 college students and FOCUS staff have traveled the world on close to 200 FOCUS mission trips. During the 2016-2017 academic year, &amp;lt;a href=”http://www.http://focusmissions.org”&amp;gt;FOCUS Missions&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; is planning 120 trips in 38 countries.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;As &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.focus.org/missionaries/ryan-thomas-noll”&amp;gt;NYU Team Leader Ryan Noll&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; sees it, “We do mission trips so that college students have an opportunity to encounter Jesus in the people that they meet, especially the less fortunate. Foreign mission helps us to see the universality of God and his desire to love and care for everyone.” &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Last summer, Columbia team director &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.focus.org/missionaries/129″ target=”_blank”&amp;gt;Niru De Silva&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; went on mission to Blessed Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying in Kolkata, India. In his inspiring article, &amp;lt;a href=”https://focusoncampus.org/content/how-india-taught-me-the-cure-to-our-families-problems”&amp;gt;How India Taught Me the Cure to Our Families’ Problems&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, De Silva shares how the experience opened his eyes to the importance of the family. &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=”https://www.focus.org/missionaries/emily-martinez”&amp;gt;Emily Martinez&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; wrote &amp;lt;a href=”https://focusoncampus.org/content/the-mission-trip-moment-that-taught-me-the-beauty-of-brokenness” target=”_blank”&amp;gt;The Mission Trip Moment that Taught Me the Beauty of Brokenness&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; about her experiences on mission to Haiti last summer. &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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&amp;lt;div class=”blog-story-caption”&amp;gt;Emily is headed to Brazil with two NYU students in July, 2016. &amp;lt;/div&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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&amp;lt;div class=”blog-story-quote”&amp;gt;I have been working with both of these beautiful girls throughout the year and they are so very excited to go out and serve! We will be working in Marajo, Brazil in the small villages that only get mass once a year. This trip is going to be life changing for these girls and I feel honored at the opportunity to lead them.&amp;lt;span style=”float: right; color: #2c64bf”&amp;gt;—&amp;lt;a href=”https://www.focus.org/missionaries/emily-martinez”&amp;gt;Emily Martinez&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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&amp;lt;div class=”blog-story”&amp;gt;NYU Missionary &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.focus.org/missionaries/ryan-thomas-noll”&amp;gt;NYU Missionary Ryan Noll&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; co-led a trip to Trinidad &amp;amp;#038; Tobago during Spring Break, and is directing a month-long trip to Uganda this summer. &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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&amp;lt;div class=”blog-story-caption”&amp;gt;Four missionaries and 12 students participated in the Trinidad/Tobago trip, where they made home visits and helped out at orphanages.&amp;lt;/div&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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&amp;lt;div class=”blog-story-caption”&amp;gt;NYU Team Leader Ryan Noll and other trip directors prepare for their trips&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;at FOCUS’ Mission Director Leadership Summit in Mexico City.&amp;lt;/div&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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&amp;lt;div class=”blog-story-quote”&amp;gt;Mission trips are one of the most fruitful opportunities that FOCUS has to offer. Students are drawn into them by the prospect of great adventure, but most of the time, they are led into a really deep encounter with God through their work with the poor in these third-world countries. &amp;lt;span style=”float: right; color: #2c64bf”&amp;gt;—&amp;lt;a href=”https://www.focus.org/missionaries/ryan-thomas-noll”&amp;gt;Ryan Noll&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Join the NYU Leadership Initiative for #NYULeadershipWeek (September 25-28, 2017) and take advantage of free events and workshops where you can explore how to find, build, and contribute to the communities we call home. Workshop topics include: design thinking, mindful leadership, community organizing, networking and much more. Plus, get to meet one of our co-founders on a panel this Tuesday. 

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LINES on the HIGHLINE
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Meet on the Kimmel Steps!

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