Kathryn Lopez

"The college campus is a unique environment where students are away from home but not fully in the 'real world' yet," Molai says. "It is a time where young people make many important decisions that will affect the rest of their lives, like choosing a career and finding a spouse. They also make important decisions about religion. Missionaries help college students to realize their faith is not something their parents believe or something they've been told; missionaries help students to make their faith in Jesus their own."

Molai's illness has, she says, brought her closer to God. Her missionary zeal took hold of her when she "tagged along" on a pilgrimage to Israel in 2009. She says the friendships she formed there, rooted in faith, were pivotal in bringing her to where she is today.

Molai looks forward to returning to the nursing profession she left after hooking up with FOCUS three years ago. "It is my great desire to work with ostomy patients like myself," she says, so she is getting an extra certification in wound, ostomy, and continence care. At the same time, she's also "prayerfully considering religious life."

Rest assured though, Nurse Stacy is not going to try to impose her religious beliefs on you when you are at your most vulnerable, or try to take away your birth control. "I'm concerned about protecting the freedoms that the Constitution of the United States guarantees, not just for me, but for all of us. This isn't a 'religious' issue, it is an American issue. It affects all of us."

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.