Daniel Sahyouni

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

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Where I serve

I am very excited to be serving at the University of Illinois - Chicago. It is such a joy to serve close to where I grew up. On campus some of my favorite things to do with students are play ping pong, go rock climbing, play board games, or grab a meal. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do at this campus!

My Story

Just before my junior year of college at Indiana University, I had a major intellectual conversion to Catholicism. Providentially, that same year, FOCUS missionaries arrived on my campus and one of them quickly formed a friendship with me and invited me to his Bible study. Getting plugged into the Catholic community proved to be tough for me, and there were many times that semester that I considered going back to the Christian ministry I had previously been involved in. But it was the friendship of that one FOCUS missionary that kept me coming back to Bible study and other events at the Catholic Center.

That Winter, I attended my first FOCUS conference in Chicago, and was blown away by the whole event. All of the stereotypes I had believed and grudges I had held toward Catholicism melted away and for the first time I found myself excited to be Catholic. The next semester I found myself growing deeply in prayer and frequenting the sacraments more regularly. 

My senior year, I began to lead a Bible Study at the encouragement of that same missionary, and despite some of my hesitations, I found it to be the defining memory of my entire college experience. I found that living for the sake of others, I was more fulfilled than I’d ever been. I was finally living as I was made to live. Now I have the joy of doing that full time and love nothing more than sharing Christ’s love with others and teaching them to do the same.

Your Impact

“Some give by going, others go by giving.” - St. Mother Teresa

It is not practical for everyone to go into full time ministry, but we are called to be a part of Jesus’ command to “go make disciples of all nations.” Your support is what allows me to be radically available to the students at UIC when they’re on campus so that I can meet them where they’re at. I am so thankful for all the mission partners who already support me. If you would like to partner with me in this mission, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I would love to schedule an appointment with you!


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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 …