Allyson Naftanel

“Jesus does not say ‘no’ to the authentic demands of the heart, but only a clear, loud ‘yes’ to life, to love, to freedom, to peace and to hope. With Him no goal is impossible and even a small act of generosity grows and can lead to change.” JPII

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Where I serve

God has allowed me to participate in His mission to bring all people to Himself. I am currently serving as the team director at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches TX. This is my third year serving with FOCUS. For my first two years, I served at Florida Atlantic University. I love living out my call to mission and I am excited for my new placement and role.

    Team Florida Atlantic 2019 from Left to Right: David, Amanda, Fr Joe, Me, and Max 

My Story

Throughout my life, the Lord has constantly pursued my heart and called me to Himself through prayer, the sacraments, and others in my life. When I went to college at Texas A&M, I was searching for purpose and meaning in my life. There were incredible people, who showed me friendships unlike any I had ever encountered. They showed me who Jesus was in a real way and walked with me in my journey deeper into the heart of Christ. This love which I found in Christ and in the Church is something I could not just keep for myself. It demanded to be shared and to be given in great love and freedom. 


As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to encounter our humanity and raise it it to divinity in Himself. I look to Jesus’ own example to find the best method of reaching the world. I've been constantly amazed by the different souls I've encountered on campus.

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.

           You can reach me at (719)684-6765 or [email protected]

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 …