Arne Nyeck

Hello!! My name's Arne Nyeck. I'm a FOCUS missionary.
Originally from Cameroon, Africa.

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve at the University Of Mary in Bismarck, ND. You'll typically find me hanging out at the university cafe, or high-fiving people around campus and playing the Piano where ever there is one.  I think I have a pretty cool story about how Jesus proved his presence into my life -- I think you should hear it sometime! Come find me and I'd love to share it with you. :)

My Story

I grew up in a catholic family and my parents were always making sure that we go to mass every Sunday, go to my village every summer in order to know where I come from and know my roots. When going to my village, my grandparents would help kids from the street, clothing them and paying for their school tuition for those who couldn’t afford it. Helping people became a second nature for me and my siblings. 

I certainly experienced some culture shock when I moved from Cameroon to the Unites States in 2012. Being a witness of the binge drinking, smoking and hookup culture present at nearly every college campus,I realized how important this lifelong mission God has called me to is greater than you and me. When I was going to parties with my friends, they were always hoping to get drunk. For them it was the only way to have fun. Even those who didn’t drink or smoke cigarettes were going to drink and smoke after the party and I was going home. I often invited my catholic friends to mass , but in vain.

I experienced a similar culture shock when I interviewed to be a FOCUS missionary in October 2015. The first time I was introduced to FOCUS, I went online and honestly, I didn’t take it seriously, I saw the pope and I didn't plan to be a priest :). I hadn’t experienced many college students practicing the faith while in college, so when I interviewed in Minneapolis, I didn’t expect to see dozens of students like me striving for holiness. I came from Cameroon with the mindset of having a degree, a high-paying job, basically the American dream, but God decided otherwise. I am excited to serve as a missionary because I get to be with college students close to my age and help them make a difference. No parent wants to see their child live a life rooted in the world, when they taught their kids otherwise. By God’s grace, I will help them make rational decisions, and most importantly help them make Jesus Christ the center of their lives.

As of now, I serve as a full time missionary with FOCUS (The Fellowship of Catholic University Students). When I became a missionary, People often asked me if I was going to be sent into a third world country, but It was always a surprise to them when I told them I was going to remain in America and serve on a college campus because Almost 80% of those who leave the faith do so by the age of 23 and there is only 30% of American who were raised catholic are still practicing. Young people aren't in the pews and FOCUS is one of only a few organizations in the Church actively doing something about that.

I believe that to be catholic is to be missionary and to be a missionary is to bring Jesus Christ where He is needed. Brothers and sisters in Christ he is certainly needed on college campuses in America.

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead students to Christ.  I wouldn't say that my life has been transformed, rather Jesus was always present when no human could help. 

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 …