Anthony Thompson

"You were not made for comfort, you were made for greatness!" - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

"It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain..." John 15:16

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Where I serve

After graduating from San Diego State University, I was apart of the first team at UCLA where I served for two years. One awesome experience was directing a spring break mission trip of 11 people to the Dominican Republic (the photo above is from that trip). Now God has called me to join with three others in service to the college students at the University of Southampton in England! As of now I am not too sure where my go-to spots will be in Southampton, but I'm generally always down to play basketball or workout, try out a new coffee shop, or hanging out elsewhere around campus or the UK. I have a pretty cool story about how I fell in love with Jesus and how He changed (and continues to change) my life. Come find me -- I'd love to share it with you sometime!

My Story

While in college I put all my time into school, professional success, and seeking happiness in things that couldn't satisfy. By the grace of God, as I was internally asking questions about the intellectual support for Catholicism and its teaching, I was invited to a Men's Group at the SDSU Newman Center by Vincent.

That semester changed my life. As I was introduced to the YouTube videos of (at the time) Father (now Bishop) Robert Barron and a group of cool guys who were going deeper in their faith, I came to know the Truth of God intellectually and in a community. I also experienced the Mercy and Love of Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

"Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction." - Pope Benedict XVI

My senior year, FOCUS came to my campus and I became good friends with John, a FOCUS missionary. He helped me to form a daily prayer life and invited me to a FOCUS conference called SEEK2015. For the first time, I understood and believed in the real presence of Jesus Christ (Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity) in the Eucharist at a Catholic Mass (John 6:35-69)!

"'I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world' ... Then many of his disciples who were listening said, 'This saying is hard; who can accept it?' As a result of this, many [of] his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." (John 6:51-68)

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead students to Christ. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others by introducing them to the life-changing message of the Gospel.

"For if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?" - Pope Francis

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. 

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. It has been amazing to witness the generosity of God through His people. I raise 100% of my ministry budget. 

We all are called to mission. Some give by going (that's me!), others go by giving (that could be you!). Without both there is no mission (and that's definitely true!). - Mother Teresa

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.

Call or Text: (760) 803-8042

Email: [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 …