Erika Schoonderwoerd

Campus Missionary Intern, Trent University
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I grew up Catholic, and first encountered the Lord in Adoration at a youth conference in Ohio during high school. I fell away from the Church in my years after high school, and decided that I would obtain a nursing degree from Trent University. I had no idea what God had in store for me in Peterborough!
In my second year, I started getting involved with the Catholic Club on campus. CCO expanded to Trent University a year later, and I continued taking their faith studies that I had started the year before. In November 2018, in a night of prayer, I put Jesus at the centre of my life. I was supported in my faith with friends who challenged me to continue growing in my relationship with God by leading faith studies and going on a mission trip.

During Adoration in July of 2019, God placed an image on my heart. It was of me on my deathbed after I had been working as a nurse for just a year and said to me, “Have you done what I asked?” I knew then in my heart that God’s plan for me wasn’t to be a nurse, but to be a missionary. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to accompany seven high school girls from my parish in their own journey of coming to know the Father and having a relationship with Him.

As a CCO missionary, I have the opportunity to do the same with students on campus. My mission is to go out and find the lost. From there, I will be able to share the Gospel with them and then further accompany them in their walk with the Lord. This is what brings me the most joy! I am excited to devote my life to bringing souls home, and inviting others to join in the wonderful adventure Christ has planned for each one of us.


Please keep the students of Trent University in your prayers; for the opening of their hearts and minds to what God has in store for them, as well as for me, that I am able to persevere in this ministry with love and courage.