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My name’s Emily and I’m a 2nd-year Christ in the City missionary from Anaheim, CA.

What brought me to Christ in the City

I had a profound encounter with God my freshmen year of college and have had a burning desire to be His missionary ever since. The first time I heard about Christ in the City was during a pilgrimage in Fatima at the end of my sophomore year in College. I met a CIC missionary and was drawn to her joy when she spoke about serving the poor and having a Marian heart. I wanted what she had, her joy and zeal for Christ. But it never crossed my mind that I would become a Christ in the City missionary at the time. This was not the last time God brought Christ in the City to my attention. Later that year my fellow peers went on a mission trip to CIC and shared their amazing experience. I also saw their booth at a FOCUS conference. My Senior year I went on a mission trip to further discern with Christ in the City, and felt a clear invitation from the Lord through the intercession of our Blessed Mother. Though I was extremely nervous since I had never envisioned myself at Christ in the City before and was scared of encountering the suffering of others, Jesus was so patient and gentle with me. I can honestly say it was the best decision of my life to say yes to Christ’s call.

What I’m looking forward to

I feel as though my first year as a missionary, I have grown in self knowledge by living in Community and diving in deep with my relationship with our Heavenly Father. What I look forward to most is to grow in intimacy with our Father and to view myself more and more as he views me. What I am also so excited about is to truly dive in deeper in our apostolate to know love and serve the poor. I’m excited for the relationships with my friends on the street to grow even more and I can’t wait to see what God will do.


everyone deserves
to be known & loved

If you join me in the mission as a monthly supporter, you will also become part of Known & Loved, Christ in the City’s monthly giving community! We are so grateful for our monthly supporters and their consistent generosity which makes it possible for us missionaries to be formed and reach out the homeless all year-long.

Watch Zach’s testimony below to hear what it means to him to be Known & Loved.