FOCUS at Northwest



Our FOCUS Team

Jake and Cortny Shonka
Team Director and Wife
4th Year Missionary
David City, NE
Wayne State College

We have a daughter named Philomena and a son named Fulton.  Both Cortny and I graduated from Wayne State College in Nebraska.  I enjoy fishing, board games, and Royals baseball.  My birthday is February 8.  I can’t wait to meet y’all!

Contact Jake: 402.367.9416,

“Restore to me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:12

Ragen Barlow

Ragen Barlow
Second Year Missionary
Cuero, TX
Texas State University
Communication Studies

Birthday: January, 8, 1992

Hobbies: reading, watching movies, hammocking, crafting, playing guitar

Favorite Scripture Verse: “So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Contact Ragen: 361.212.8434,

Zack Gonzalez and Jordan McGarrity

Zack Gonzalez (Pictured with Fiancee, Jordan McGarrity, Second Year Missionary at Benedictine College)
First Year Missionary
La Vernia, Tx
University of Texas
Youth & Community Studies, Minor in Kinesiology, Specialty in Coaching

Hobbies: Sports Junkie, reading, Marvel fan, Carnivore

Birthday: 1/20/93

Scripture: Isaiah 40:31 & 1 Peter 5:10

Contact Zack:  210.240.8826,

Sarah Wampler

Sarah Wampler
First Year Missionary
Cincinnati, OH
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Double-major in Theology and Communications

Hobbies: playing guitar, watercolor brush calligraphy, knitting, aggressively stress-eating, reading, people watching, thrift-shopping (among many other things)

Birthday: September 1, 1994
Scripture verse: Matthew 6:25-34

Contact Sarah: 513.720.5869, sarah,

Megan Jones

Megan Jones
First Year Missionary
Bemidji, Minnesota
University of Tulsa

I studied International Business and Spanish at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  My hobbies include reading, cooking, and baking.  I love languages and speak Spanish and Portuguese.  My birthday is November 22; St. Cecilia, pray for us!  I can’t wait to meet everyone and I’m always down to get a cup of coffee or tea!

Contact Megan: 218.760.6360,

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Jordan Johnson
FOCUS Intern
Northwest Missouri State University
Psychology: Sports Psychology
Kansas City, M)

Most of my hobbies always involved sports, music and doing some form of charity with my church or community, which only strengthened my love/passion for people.

Contact Jordan: 816-482-6013,

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