Hey! My name's Andres Nieto and I am a FOCUS Missionary. Like many students today, I lost touch with reality and my identity in college. This identity was restored to me through an encounter with Jesus Christ, a new-found love for His Church, and a desire to share the joy of this gift with my friends!
God has called me to serve college students at Columbia University! You can find me on the Upper West Side near campus, or somewhere experiencing New York City with my teammates and students. If you would have told me years ago that I would be serving college students and inviting them into discipleship with Jesus Christ, I would have never believed you. Let me tell you about how I encountered Jesus Christ in the middle of my college years and the adventure of discipleship He has called me to!
My story begins where many other young adult's begin - with good intentions and a newfound "freedom" to have the time of my life in college. It was not long before my life and friendships began revolving around school work and worldly pleasures abundantly available in the college party culture. This lifestyle was exhilarating, but not at all fulfilling. I knew there had to be something more.
As I began to fall away from the Church the more I found "independence", I met a friend of a friend who said he was Catholic and leading a men's bible study in a nearby dormitory. He invited me to join the group of men who met weekly to read the gospels and learn about Jesus Christ. This is where I encountered Christ for the first time and the rest is history.
Live in the presence of God and you will have supernatural life.
Through this FOCUS Missionary, Jesus invited me into a relationship with God and showed me the way of repentance, mercy, and joy. This new relationship I found with God was the life that I was seeking for all along. He not only freed me from my slavery to sin, but he showed me what it means to be his disciple - to live as a son of God. This encounter not only saved my life, but has the power to save my soul for eternity.
For the sake of the gospel, the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, I have answered the call to serve college students the same way I was served. Jesus has called me to fulfill his great commission:
Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.
In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. 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.
When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely 100% 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. This aspect of my mission alone has convicted me of my call to mission and the Lord's unlimited generosity He shows me! 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. If God has given you a desire to see college students be transformed into disciples of Christ, 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 …