Rysa Catapang

Campus Missionary, University of Calgary
rysa.catapang@cco.ca
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Being raised in a Catholic family, Jesus has always been a part of my life and growing up I was always drawn into the Catholic faith. However I never entertained the desire I had for Jesus because I never quite understood His importance in my life. Thus, all throughout high school and even the first few years of university He was never the priority in my life.

I started learning more and more about the Catholic faith when I began taking faith studies with CCO during my third year in university at Mount Royal University. My faith and relationship with Jesus started to strengthen and it was not until December 2017 that I encountered God in a unique way at CCO’s national conference called RiseUp. The theme of one of the talks that was given was to trust in God and to give Him “dominion over every aspect of your life.” During this RiseUp, I was in my last year of university and I was unsure and confused as to what I was going to do when I graduated. Originally I had dreamed of going to med school and worked really hard in school to achieve my dream of becoming a doctor. But after hearing this talk at Rise Up, I realized that I wouldn’t find the happiness that I longed for in my dream of becoming a doctor but rather I would find it in following Jesus. It was then that I realized that I hadn’t given my career and this aspect of my life to God. That I relied on my own strength and capabilities instead of letting Him into my life. I was moved after this talk and it was right then and there that I had given God my “yes”. I had surrendered to Him, gave Him my full unwavering trust and decided to place Him at the centre of my life. I can honestly say that accepting God into my life has been the best decision that I have ever made. After accepting Him fully into my life so many opportunities surfaced and Pope Benedict’s words now made sense when he said, “if we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing…He takes nothing away and He gives you everything”.

In my first year of working with CCO as a missionary I was placed at the University of Saskatchewan and the year after I got transferred to the University of Calgary where I am now serving at. The Lord has taken me on such an adventure and He is dreaming far greater dreams for me that I can even imagine! I can’t wait to journey alongside MORE people and continue to bring them home to Jesus. So much joy came into my life when I got to know Him and I want to bring others to know and experience the joy that comes from having a relationship with Him.

ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS

For greater trust and confidence in the Lord and His plans for my life.

For an ongoing increase in faith.

For all of the students that I will be journeying with.

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