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