Andy Thompson

Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul. - St. Teresa of Avila

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Where I serve

I am extremely blessed to have the opportunity to serve at the University of Pittsburgh! It is so exciting to serve at an incredible campus filled with team members that desire to spread God's Word across campus!

My Story

Each and everyone of us have the incredible opportunity to have a relationship with the Divine Creator of the world. Whether that is a good or bad relationship is completely thrown into our court. For 21 years of my life, I chose to ignore this great opportunity. Even though I was blessed with an incredible family, the opportunity to grow up in the Catholic school system, and participate in several events at church in high school, I still never allowed Christ to enter my life. I put practically all of my identity in my social status and investment into the "American Dream".


This mentality continued well into college. All I cared about was making sure that I got good grades so that I could get a good job and be able to live a nice, comfortable life with my future family. Never once had I stopped to think about who I was as a person, why I acted the way I did, and why all of this work mattered in the first place. I was stuck in the cultural cycle of churning out as much "productive work" as I could to earn respect from society and get the nod of approval from all of those around me. When I wasn't doing work, I would just go to parties, play video games, or watch countless TV shows on Netflix. I spent hardly any time working to become the man that my future family deserved. 


All of this changed when I went on a FOCUS mission trip to Ecuador the spring break of my junior year. Before this, the missionaries at Ball State had spent lots of time investing in forming a deep relationship with me. They prioritized the friendship that we had been forming and ultimately led me to apply to go on this trip. When in Ecuador, I encountered Jesus Christ in a much deeper way. I saw His face in the poor and in the intimacy shown by the missionaries through deep, loving relationships formed over the week. I began to see that my identity is not in my work or how society views me, but in being a son of God. 


Since this deep encounter, I have committed my life to serving God. Specifically, God has called me to continue forward with the mission that has already impacted my life so much. He desires for me to share this reality with other students and walk with them towards becoming virtuous men of God.

Your Impact

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me through this mission. I've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I'd be honored to share this mission with you.

Know, Love and Serve God

We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.

Build Virtuous Friendships

By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.

Teach Others to Share Christ

We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …