Nicole Manalo

Hey! My name's Nicole. I'm a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. You'll typically find me hanging out at the university cafe, the Newman Center, or leading Bible Studies and praying with students. I have a pretty cool story about how Jesus has changed my life -- I think you should hear it sometime! Come find me and I'd love to share it with you. :)

My Story

I completed my undergrad at the University of California, Berkeley. When I first started at UC Berkeley, I was unprepared to respond to the challenges in my faith. I especially began to choose friendships and relationships that ended up pulling me away from God and left me feeling unfulfilled. Out of hurt and shame, I struggled to fully accept my roommate’s invitation to get more involved in my faith. However, I soon discovered that in that invitation, Christ wanted to offer me true freedom and authentic love in Him. In prayer I told Christ: "Lord, I want to make you the center of my life, but I know not every part of my life is being laid down for you. I surrender to Your plans for me; please make me new".

After major changes in my life like spending more time with the Lord in prayer and stepping away from some relationships I'd had, it was very clear that God had poured out so much genuine love into my life that I desired to pour out His love for others. At a FOCUS leadership conference, I truly felt the Lord say that He wanted to use all my experiences of hurt and redemption in Him so that others could be invited into that genuine relationship with the Lord. I began to lead bible studies and be in discipleship with other students and FOCUS missionaries, and found that sharing my own struggles with other students created a space for them to share in their own struggles and joys in their relationship with Christ.

I became more aware that there is a battle on the college campus, where college students are hurting and dying for authentic love. Christ offers that genuine love and there is no greater joy than to see Him change lives as He continues to change mine.

Your Impact

"Some give by going to the missions, some go by giving to the missions; but without both, there is no mission."
-Mother Teresa

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. Specifically, families and individuals are invited to commit to prayer and monthly financial support for my mission - both key to its success. It is such a privilege to rely on God's generosity through the gift of other people, and this mission could not thrive without such a network of prayer and support. We are all called to be missionaries in some way, and especially in our world that is desperate for the authentic love of the Gospel.

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 would 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 …