Stephanie Dresch

Campus Missionary, University of Winnipeg
stephanie.dresch@cco.ca
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Faith wasn’t important to me growing up. My experience of the Catholic faith was through my Catholic schools and occasionally going to church. I believed that God existed, but only as some far off, distant kind of cosmic entity. I had heard the phrase, “God loves you” but I didn’t believe it. I didn’t believe that God could ever love me – or that He would ever want to love me.

In my second year of university at Queen’s, I met CCO. A missionary invited me to attend their Fall Retreat and at this retreat I heard a staff member speak about a Father’s love – how it is personal, secure, and strong. I remember thinking: “That’s what I want. I want what he has. I want that kind of love.”

During adoration at the retreat, I encountered this intense and personal love of God. It was the first time I had felt so strongly loved that I knew there was no other possible explanation for what I had experienced that night other than simply that God was real.

I think back to that moment often – how it has shaped who I have become and the missionary that I am. It drives me to bring the students that I work with into this encounter and relationship with God.

I served as a campus missionary in Halifax at Dalhousie and St. Mary’s University for 3 years, and am thrilled to be joining the expansion team at the University of Winnipeg in its first fall season!

I’ve had the honour and privilege of working alongside some incredible young adults in my 3 years in Halifax, and have seen them rise up to the challenge of sharing Christ with their friends and classmates. Leading and training them in how to clearly and simply share their faith is one of the most inspiring and energizing aspects of my ministry with CCO!

ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS

  • For my team as we transition to a new city and campus.
  • For the students we will meet at the University of Winnipeg – that their hearts and minds be open to an authentic relationship with Christ.
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