Answering the Call

Answer your call by discovering the many ways you can take action through FOCUS…

Answer the Call Give Now
Join Us
  

subscribe to our e-newsletter

Rachel Ogden


Total Number of Gifts: 10
Total Value of Gifts: $455.00

Recent Donors

Anonymous

Your rook piercing bud

Anonymous

Sumera Family

Giles Family

Courtney Ehlert

The Weavers

Kai Porro

Morgan Searcy

Jennifer Mahler

Full Donor List Opens new window.Full Donor List

My name is Rachel Ogden and I am a student at University of Alabama at Birmingham. I am originally from Huntsville and have fallen in love with this city since coming to school. My major is Chemistry and I will be applying to Auburn's pharmacy school next year.

I didn't begin to take my faith seriously until my freshman year in college. I was involved at church in high school, but no one ever questioned me about what I believed. My freshman year, I started attending a bible study that challenged certain aspects of my Catholic faith. As a result, I tried to figure out what I really believed about God. I started to search out answers to the questions I was being asked. The more I read scripture and the more I talked to priests and leaders of the faith, the more I was drawn back to the Catholic faith. Now a sophomore, I'm lucky enough to have had FOCUS come to my campus. FOCUS has given me the opportunity to explore my faith more and learn about how to share it with others. Through FOCUS missions, I have been given the chance to answer God's true call to love and serve those who most need it by going to Denver this summer. I will be working with Christ in the City missionaries to serve the homeless population there.

After living in Birmingham for a little over a year, I have spent some time serving the homeless here. I help out at the Firehouse Shelter once a month by serving a meal and getting to know the men there. When you recognize the value of a human being and show genuine interest in them, they are given a sense of dignity. We are often prevented from getting to know others by our prejudices and quick judgments. Each person has their own story, and when you take time to listen, you have the opportunity to show them Christ's love for us. It is incredible to see how God is different in each person.

One of my first evenings at the shelter, I was talking to a few of the guys. While I was talking, a man sitting next to me tapped me on the shoulder. He had a rather large textbook sitting open in front of him; part of me believed he wasn't actually reading it. Perhaps he couldn't read. Something seemed off about him. I was quick to assume that maybe he had a mental illness, or maybe he was intoxicated. Whatever it was, I was hesitant to speak to him. I preferred to talk to the men that seemed more "with it," but that's not why I was there. He asked me who I was and where I came from. I looked into his bloodshot eyes and saw such sadness. I told him a little bit about myself and that I was there to share a meal while getting to know everyone. After a few minutes of small talk, he opened up and started telling me about his teenage son. His tattooed face lit up when he started talking about how proud he was of him. He continued to speak to me, but it was hard for me to follow exactly what he was saying. I could tell all he needed was someone to listen to him. He told me about how he doesn't get to see his son that much. Then, he gave me some words of caution about how I shouldn't trust everyone and asked me a question I wasn't prepared for.

"Why do people do bad things?"

I could tell that he had a lot of pain in his life and it broke my heart. I didn't know what to say. He and I were from completely different places and had completely different stories, but for that one meal, we were brought together to share meaningful conversation. I'm glad I was there to listen to him, and show him God's love the best I knew how. Since the first evenings at the shelter, I have become more comfortable with being uncomfortable.

This May, I hope to be thrown even further out of my comfort zone by getting to know those in Denver who are the most misunderstood, ignored, and forgotten. This mission trip will expand my work at Firehouse Shelter to other parts of our country. I want the homeless in Denver to know that even though the world has beaten them down, they are of value and someone cares about them.

I will be working with Christ in the City, a service program in Denver that forms college age Catholic missionaries to serve the homeless with Christ's love. These college students devote their time to help people who have fallen through the cracks of society. The missionaries spend at least 5 days a week, on the streets, fostering relationships with the homeless while satisfying their material and spiritual needs. They act as a bridge to help people transition off the streets and live substance free.

With your spiritual and financial support, I will be able to go to Denver and serve alongside the Christ in the City missionaries. Thank you for your time and support in my mission.

Guest Book

If you would like, you can add your name and a short message to our Guest Book. Thank you.

Sign the Guest Book

Records 1 - 25 of 560

Vallie Edge
Wed, Apr 26, 2017
I appreciate the info on your website. With thanks.
Feel free to surf to my webpage __________________ ( %url )

Florene Constance
Wed, Apr 26, 2017
say thanks to a lot for your site it assists a whole lot.
Here is my web blog - online casino ( %url )

Frederic Knowles
Mon, Apr 24, 2017
Road cars, along with vintage race cars, make the field not seem so limited. A quick guide to car recycling and what happens to the cars ' the most recycled product in the U. Hobby-grade models are generally more expensive to get into with prices ranging from as low as $100 to well over $500, depending on the model.
Feel free to visit my web blog :: SOLAR PANEL CHARGE CONTROLLERS ( %url )

Donna Simonson
Thu, Apr 20, 2017
Great looking internet site. Think you did a lot of your very own html coding.
Here is my webpage; depilacja laserowa torun ( %url )

Jenna Hackett
Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Ford Fusion: Ford This car looks bold and practical. A quick guide to car recycling and what happens to the cars ' the most recycled product in the U. Looking for something to do with your old cars that seem useless for you.
Here is my blog post ... Bodyboard ( %url )

Jetta Cushing
Tue, Apr 18, 2017
Over the next few years, with fuel prices expected to steadily increase even more, the sale of small cars is set to rocket. The car market down under displays cars that not only differ in their feature but also the price range. Hobby-grade models are generally more expensive to get into with prices ranging from as low as $100 to well over $500, depending on the model.
Look into my weblog: social media watford ( %url )

Barney
Tue, Apr 18, 2017
Consequently, the makers have set up specialist programs in addition to repair facilities. A quick guide to car recycling and what happens to the cars ' the most recycled product in the U. First, in case you were wondering, I did not include the R-Class cars because they do not appear to be very interesting.
Also visit my web page :: Electric reverse motor for Harley Trike ( %url )

Camilla Velez
Mon, Apr 17, 2017
The Super GT has also been seen at The Strip in Las Venturas. Cheap Used Cars Online can be easily found as you just have to do a bit of homework by searching it online. Therefore, it will be a wise decision to invest in the new technology rather than relying upon the old technologies.
my weblog ... realtor dallas ( %url )

Allison Kwan
Thu, Apr 13, 2017
say thanks to a lot for your website it helps a great deal.
my web blog; Tienda Importadora ( %url )

Felicia
Wed, Apr 12, 2017
The Super GT has also been seen at The Strip in Las Venturas. The car market down under displays cars that not only differ in their feature but also the price range. Everyone who has ever owned a car will understand what a huge relief that would be in terms of car maintenance.
Here is my blog post - Self Esteem Test ( %url )

Joesph
Sun, Apr 09, 2017
Many thanks very valuable. Will share site with my good friends.
Look into my web blog Tempe DUI Lawyer ( %url )

Elvis
Fri, Apr 07, 2017
But the greens can at least take comfort in knowing the extent of car recycling. Cheap Used Cars Online can be easily found as you just have to do a bit of homework by searching it online. The federal government provides you a proportionate deduction from your taxes equivalent to the complete valued from your car donation.
Take a look at my blog :: George Henry Horton ( %url )

Birgit Maum
Tue, Apr 04, 2017
Over the next few years, with fuel prices expected to steadily increase even more, the sale of small cars is set to rocket. Cheap Used Cars Online can be easily found as you just have to do a bit of homework by searching it online. These companies figure out also if they will be using the donated auto for charitable features or grant the car to a human currently being or household members in need to have.
My blog :: Apartments in Carrollton Tx ( %url )

Taylah Todd
Tue, Apr 04, 2017
The main reason for this is that many dealerships are anticipating All New models landing throughout the year. A quick guide to car recycling and what happens to the cars ' the most recycled product in the U. These companies figure out also if they will be using the donated auto for charitable features or grant the car to a human currently being or household members in need to have.
Also visit my homepage aliexpress po polsku ( %url )

Joel
Mon, Apr 03, 2017
as many of the places with the best surf are in hot countries. When I took my recent purchase of the camera back to the store, the customer service representative asked me what I didn't like about it, I wanted to tell her, but she and I just didn't have enough time to talk. When we think about bikes there is only one Name all over in India that is Hero Honda Splendor Pro.
my webpage GoPro Attachments ( %url )

Shiela
Sat, Apr 01, 2017
Consequently, the makers have set up specialist programs in addition to repair facilities. The new technology takes the control of high beam out of the hand of the driver. First, in case you were wondering, I did not include the R-Class cars because they do not appear to be very interesting.
my website /entity ( %url )

Luigi
Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Toy-grade models are not made with any parts that are repairable, replaceable, or interchangeable. A copy of Project CARS was provided for PC for review. Looking for something to do with your old cars that seem useless for you.
my web site; 120 day weightloss ( %url )

Gabriele Applegate
Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Even new tyres do not completely eliminate the risk of aquaplaning or slush planing, but it is possible to control the car as long as you adjust the driving speed to the conditions. The new technology takes the control of high beam out of the hand of the driver. These companies figure out also if they will be using the donated auto for charitable features or grant the car to a human currently being or household members in need to have.
Look at my weblog mate ( %url )

Corinne Estes
Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Love the website-- very individual friendly and great deals to see!
Also visit my web-site :: ca cuoc the thao ( %url )

Jake Huckstep
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Even new tyres do not completely eliminate the risk of aquaplaning or slush planing, but it is possible to control the car as long as you adjust the driving speed to the conditions. This includes vehicles like the Mazda 2, Ford Fiesta, and Citreon C1. Looking for something to do with your old cars that seem useless for you.
my weblog; david cronenberg best movies ( %url )

Wilda
Mon, Mar 20, 2017
The Super GT has also been seen at The Strip in Las Venturas. The car market down under displays cars that not only differ in their feature but also the price range. These companies figure out also if they will be using the donated auto for charitable features or grant the car to a human currently being or household members in need to have.
My web-site: Advocates in south delhi ( %url )

Jerald
Sun, Mar 19, 2017
Love the website-- extremely individual friendly and whole lots to see!
Also visit my web page; Sbobetasia ( %url )

Noah Nadeau
Sun, Mar 19, 2017
Passion the website-- extremely individual pleasant and great deals to see!
Also visit my blog m88 casino ( %url )

Christy
Sun, Mar 19, 2017
Article Source: to discover a lot more about carpet cleaning Bellevue. It is also possible that during the cleaning process, your carpet gets stained or damaged. Step #3 - Pour a small amount of lukewarm water onto the area and blot it out with paper towels, like you did with the urine already.
Visit my web-site: carpet cleaning Honolulu Hi ( %url )

Darci
Sat, Mar 18, 2017
Thanks really practical. Will certainly share site with my pals.
Also visit my web page - ________ __ ( %url )

Records 1 - 25 of 560


If you think this page contains objectionable content, please inform the system administrator.