Francene Maranan

Campus Missionary Intern, Mount Royal University
francene.maranan@cco.ca
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I was born and raised in the Philippines by my two wonderful parents, Marisol and Ruel, and grew up with my three awesome siblings, Gedo, Mavic and Harley. We’re quite the silly bunch. In 2016, I flew 11,000 km from my home city of Manila to study in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia. In the first half of my university life, I was immersed in some of the most secular aspects of university life, and allotted Jesus only one hour of my time per week at Sunday mass.

I did not have a personal relationship with God, but the whole course of my life changed when I encountered the person of Jesus during adoration at a retreat. I remember how in that moment, I was confused and mesmerized all at once; It was the first time in my life that I understood the heart of the Gospel – I was created for a relationship with Jesus! Only in this relationship would my life be fulfilled, and Jesus desired to bless me with a life far beyond what I had ever imagined for myself.

I’ve dedicated my whole life to making Jesus known to all those around me. I have led a number of CCO faith studies, served in Mexico on mission, and for two years I took on the role of VP of community engagement at CCO UBC. So much joy welled up in my heart from giving my time to God and all His people. I know I cannot imagine my life dedicated to anything other than living out the Great Commission – to go and proclaim the love of Christ!

I am ecstatic to proclaim the Gospel and accompany young men and women at Mount Royal University in Calgary. I will be the only female missionary present on campus and I cannot wait to be a big sister for all those I will meet. So many hunger for the freedom and love that God brings to those who long to know Him.

ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS

Please pray for all young women and men I will be meeting and ministering to — may their hearts be open to receiving the joy and adventure that a relationship with Jesus brings.

I ask that you please pray for my abandonment to God’s will for my life and the courage to work for Him with my whole heart.

May God continually bless you and your loved ones!

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