Meet the Missionaries
Get to know Team Director Carrie Schmidt!
I am happy to be returning to CMU for my second year as a missionary with FOCUS as Team Director. I am from the great state of Minnesota, so don’t be caught off guard if you catch me saying “oofta” every once in a while! I graduated college in 2014 from St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota with a nursing degree and before becoming a missionary, I worked as a RN on an acute care mental health unit for a year. I love anything that involves coffee or ice cream. Being around little kids gives me more energy than taking a nice afternoon nap. I can pretty much guarantee that if you run into me in the fall, I will be wearing a scarf, boots, and a vest while enjoying something pumpkin flavored!
Saint Best friend: St. Therese of Lisieux– She’s my girl, doing small things with a great amount of love. I am so inspired by her desire to love God more than He has ever been loved before. The image painted in my head, by St. Therese, of God extending His arm to carry little trusting souls who are striving for holiness to Heaven makes my heart rejoice.
Bible verse that means a lot to Carrie: “Blessed is she who believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Luke 1:45
Mary is an example of perfect confidence and trust in the Lord, something I am always strivingto grow in. This verse reminds me to have faith, like Mary, that God can do all things, even those that seem impossible. Mary wins our heart and leads us to her son in order to heal us of any distrust we have of the Lord. My prayer for our campus this year is that Mary take each of our hands and lead us to the fountain of God’s mercy to trust in Him and rest in His loving embrace.
A few ways Carrie sees God’s presence: I see God’s presence in little kids, being by a lake or the ocean, and interactions with people He puts in my path each day.
If you want to join a bible study, go to SEEK, learn about going on a mission trip, or just get to know the missionaries more, you can email or call Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 323-0902.
Get to know missionary Rachel Frichtl!
I am from Illinois and in 2014 I graduated with degree in Animal Science and Human Nutrition from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. This is my 3rd year serving as a missionary with FOCUS and I am excited to work this year here at CMU. In the past, I have served at the University of Illinois Chicago and Northern State University in South Dakota. Some of my favorite things are black coffee, baby piglets, and buffalo sauce. One of my life goals is to see a live moose in the wild.
Saint Best friend: St. Josemaria Escriva. That man’s to the point writings put me in my place & get me back on the path to holiness when I get off track. He’s all about being a saint in the ordinary happenings of everyday life. I would recommend his book “The Way”.
Favorite bible verse and what it means to Rachel: Psalm 37:4-5. “Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him; and He will act”.
This verse helps me to remember that God know my heart better than I do as he made it and that as long as I strive to live His will, He will be with me every step of the way and fill in the holes where I lack.
A few ways Rachel sees God’s presence: I see God’s presence in others, in the silence of an early morning, and in nature.
Get to know missionary Daniel Rhoda!
I was born and raised in Minnesota, I went to college at the University of Minnesota Duluth and graduated in the fall of 2015 with a degree in Organizational Management. I love the outdoors, playing sports, watching movies, and spending time with loved ones. I try to not take life too seriously (I made a major life decision and changed my major after I watched the movie Moneyball), no matter how hard I try I cannot multitask (just ask anyone), and I would say my best trait is my charming personality.
Saint Best Friend: St. Francis Xavier because he let God take control of his life in a radical way. He surrendered to God’s will and through the grace of God became the most traveled missionary ever and is the Patron Saint of Missionaries.
Favorite bible verse and what it means to Daniel: 1 Timothy 6:7 “For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.” This verse reminds me what our purpose is here on earth and to fight against the many wants of this material world.
A few ways Daniel sees God’s presence: I see God’s presence in my family, in nature, and as weird as it may be: The Lord of The Rings soundtrack; it just gets to me, every time.
Get to know missionaries Andy and Sarah!
Andy and Sarah are second year missionaries, having previously served at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio. Andy is from Montrose, Iowa and studied community development at the University of Iowa. Sarah is a native of Michigan from Ypsilanti. She studied education at Eastern Michigan University and taught high school biology and chemistry before going on mission with FOCUS. They love playing guitar and hiking. They are expecting a baby girl at the end of August.
Best friend of a Saint:
Andy’s is St. Vincent De Paul because of his life of radical service to the poor. Also, he was kidnapped by pirates and sold as a slave in a foreign country. His captors were so moved by his Christian hymns they became Christians and set him free.
Sarah’s is Blessed Mother Teresa (soon to be canonized), because of her amazing humility, despite the fact that the entire world saw her as an incredible leader in the faith and symbol of compassion for the poorest of the poor. Everyone knew she would most likely be canonized a saint. I admire how bravely (yet humbly) she stood up for the unborn and spoke very publicly
about the greatest crisis of our time: abortion. I am inspired by her intense faith, her call to begin the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, and her devotion to the blessed mother, Mary.
Favorite bible verse and what it means to each of us:
Andy’s is Romans 8:28 “All things work for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose” because of the peace that comes from knowing God can bring good out of anything.
Sarah’s is Phil. 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which passes all understanding will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
This verse is so dear to me. My mom used to say this before we went to bed. Whenever I feel anxious, I cling to this prayer and it gives me peace and reminds me that God’s hand is in every aspect of my life, and He desires for me to be joyful and content, resting in His peace.
A few ways we see God’s presence:
When you have a very specific calling to do something, in the peace that comes from knowing that you are doing God’s will, even when the task is challenging, in each other as husband and wife, in the generosity of the faithful, and through serving others and allowing them to help us in our times of weakness.