Feeling Stuck in a Career, Missionary Anna Mann Jumps into a Life of Mission

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Anna Mann can recall the first time she knew God was calling her into ministry. She was experiencing a rough week. Anything that could go wrong did. She had been in Colorado for a year and as she tried getting used to the culture, she still felt lost. Something was missing as she searched for her overall purpose in life.

Mann, originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, went to school at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota where she met her husband Brenden. After graduating and getting married, they moved to Colorado in May 2017 where Brenden grew up.

While trying to adjust to life after college, being married, and living in a new culture, Mann felt a call to do something more with her life; mostly wanting to utilize her gifts and talents. She knew God had a plan for her; she just wasn’t sure what that was yet.

“Things took an unexpected turn after pouring out my heart and soul to God one early summer morning in a small, quiet chapel,” Mann said. “Prayer after prayer, tears and pain; God chose to use my desire to do more, seek purpose, to become a missionary.”

A new passion for Jesus and strong yearning to help others took over her heart. God connected Mann with the right people at the right time through Catholic Young Adult Sports (CYAS). Mann wanted to use this to help others realize how much worth they truly possess. Growing up in a family that wasn’t religious, she wanted people to understand their value.

“I wanted to do something not in a way where I felt claustrophobic or stuck,” Mann said. “I wanted to be in a position where I was able to approach people where they didn’t know Jesus, meeting people where they’re at.”

The CYAS mission was what made Mann interested in the organization. A ministry that focused on young adults, plus a chance to grow in relationships with others and Jesus made her excited. Mann said using sports as a bridge to bring people to Jesus is a simple, yet sweet way to evangelize.

Once I stormed Heaven, reached out to friends and family, the desire to serve this ministry, specifically CYAS only grew stronger. So I followed the call I truly believe the Holy Spirit put on my heart and can proudly say, I am a CYAS missionary…in training! Praise God!” Mann said.

Mann will launch the CYAS branch in Naperville, IL when she moves out there in a few weeks. She will continue to fundraise for another few months, and then will start her missionary work in January. She is now the CYAS Outreach Coordinator Missionary at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish where she’ll be in charge of running the sports leagues, planning social events and mission trips, and leading Bible studies.

Mann said her emotions are mixed feelings of fear, joy, and excitement. What she’s looking forward to most is helping people see they have true meaning, particularly through Bible studies.

“Being able to meet with some girls and help them realize their value and worth through God,” Mann said. “Just the evangelization component. Being able to just be a person to listen and help people to see their value and to do it in simple ways.”. Anything that could go wrong did. She had been in Colorado for a year and as she tried getting used to the culture, she still felt lost. Something was missing as she searched for her overall purpose in life.

 

Mann, originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, went to school at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota where she met her husband Brenden. After graduating and getting married, they moved to Colorado in May 2017 where Brenden grew up.

While trying to adjust to life after college, being married, and living in a new culture, Mann felt a call to do something more with her life; mostly wanting to utilize her gifts and talents. She knew God had a plan for her; she just wasn’t sure what that was yet.

“Things took an unexpected turn after pouring out my heart and soul to God one early summer morning in a small, quiet chapel,” Mann said. “Prayer after prayer, tears and pain; God chose to use my desire to do more, seek purpose, to become a missionary.”

A new passion for Jesus and strong yearning to help others took over her heart. God connected Mann with the right people at the right time through Catholic Young Adult Sports (CYAS). Mann wanted to use this to help others realize how much worth they truly possess. Growing up in a family that wasn’t religious, she wanted people to understand their value.

“I wanted to do something not in a way where I felt claustrophobic or stuck,” Mann said. “I wanted to be in a position where I was able to approach people where they didn’t know Jesus, meeting people where they’re at.”

The CYAS mission was what made Mann interested in the organization. A ministry that focused on young adults, plus a chance to grow in relationships with others and Jesus made her excited. Mann said using sports as a bridge to bring people to Jesus is a simple, yet sweet way to evangelize.

Once I stormed Heaven, reached out to friends and family, the desire to serve this ministry, specifically CYAS only grew stronger. So I followed the call I truly believe the Holy Spirit put on my heart and can proudly say, I am a CYAS missionary…in training! Praise God!” Mann said.

Mann will launch the CYAS branch in Naperville, IL when she moves out there in a few weeks. She will continue to fundraise for another few months, and then will start her missionary work in January. She is now the CYAS Outreach Coordinator Missionary at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish where she’ll be in charge of running the sports leagues, planning social events and mission trips, and leading Bible studies.

Mann said her emotions are mixed feelings of fear, joy, and excitement. What she’s looking forward to most is helping people see they have true meaning, particularly through Bible studies.

“Being able to meet with some girls and help them realize their value and worth through God,” Mann said. “Just the evangelization component. Being able to just be a person to listen and help people to see their value and to do it in simple ways.” 

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FAQs

CYAS is a 501c3 non-profit charity, meaning donations are tax-deductible to the degree allowed by law. Like nearly all charities we have a revenue generating side through our sports leagues (e.g. red cross sells blood from blood drives) and a larger fundraising/charity side that is the heart of why we do the sports (discipleship through Bible studies, retreats, and mission trips). CYAS'  revenue from leagues is not nearly enough to cover the expenses for a national outreach ministry. In fact, it isn't even enough after expenses for one full-time staff employee. Donations primarily serve our mission in these main areas:

  1. To cover players that receive free scholarships for playing in our leagues (10% of participants)
  2. Expansion of our services in existing locations (including marketing for outreach and the development of formation programs)
  3. Expansion efforts (including our need for support staff and office space to build a national system - think league operation support, national marketing, donation processing and servicing, accounting, legal support, and expansion related travel and training systems)
  4. To pay for our insurance cost (about $10,000/year and growing as we grow)
  5. The ongoing formation, training and community building among our missionaries. They need to be loved in order to continue sharing His love
The captain's deposit is just that, a deposit ensuring us of your teams participation in the league. It is non-refundable, because we get field time and schedule around your team being playable. Captains with unused deposits will normally be offered a league credit, if CYAS is notified before the end of registration that the captain's team will not be in the league.

Full refunds will be provided for any event that we cannot hold due to field scheduling conflicts, lack of interest, or any other cancellation of a league/event on our part.

If a player is injured and will miss the remainder of the league, we suggest they help recruit a permanent sub and ask them to subsidize their fees (please contact us so we are aware of the arrangements & injury, or for help finding possible replacements).

Free agents and donations are non-refundable. Credits may be given to free agents for leagues, if they notify us before registration closes.

We wouldn't be "Catholic" Young Adult Sports if we weren't!

Several teams have both spouses playing and bring babies or kids to be watched by substitutes on the bench or by bringing a friend/relative spectator. Many captains will also let the couple share a team fee and just not play at the same time depending on if the team needs a man or woman. Couples may also free agent and join a team in this method, just contact us if you plan on rotating play and want a discounted team fee.

DEFINITELY BRING THE KIDS OUT! ALL OF OUR SOCIALS ARE EVEN AT FAMILY FRIENDLY SPORTS BARS (unless otherwise specified)

The Catholic Church is not adverse to the use of alcohol by adults in moderation.In fact, it was customary for Jews to drink wine within religious celebrations and regularly with meals. Jesus himself made good wine abundant at the Wedding of Cana and ultimately transformed wine into the gift of his blood, which we receive at the Catholic mass offered daily. Therefore, we are comfortable with the casual and responsible enjoyment of alcohol and are not adverse to gathering after a game at the local family friendly sports bar for fellowship and to enjoy a drink, and/or meal, in moderation.

We do ask participants to please refrain from consumption during our leagues out of respect for our participants who are opposed to the consumption of alcohol, are underage, and to help us provide a good witness that healthy fun community can exist without the assistance of liquid spirits.

It is CYAS policy that during CYAS events, where alcohol is allowed, only beer and wine may be consumed, no hard liquor or mixed drinks.

JOIN AS A FREE AGENT! We'll place you on a team or create a team of other FAs for you. If you only have a few friends you want to play with you can also ask to be placed together with others on a team or have some FAs added to complete your team.
CYAS has a strategic plan of national growth to reach young adults, evangelize through Bible studies and retreats, and provide awesome kick butt sport leagues, social events and mission trips. We have a hurdle though...missionary staff! We are praying for the Lord of the Harvest to provide laborers. If you know someone interested please send them to this link and suggest they apply to discern with us: www.catholicyoungadultsports.com/career