John Shakal

Hey! My name's John. I'm entering my 3rd year as a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

I serve as a FOCUS Team Director at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. 

My Story

My journey to becoming a FOCUS missionary began when I was a freshman in college when a missionary reached out to me and began to personally invest in me. He invited me to join his Bible Study, and while I initially said no, I eventually began to attend and found my life slowly begin to change. As we grew deeper in friendship, he invited me to make God the center of my life and eventually taught me how to lead my own Bible Study. At this point I realized there was nothing more important for me than to live with an Eternal Perspective and help other college students discover the joy of living the Christian Catholic Faith. 

On June 3rd 2017 I married the love of my life, Rachel, and we have since been blessed to welcome our son Benedict (2 years) and Avila (6 months) into the world. Above is a photo of us from Christmas 2019. 

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.

Your financial partnership equips us to...

  • help form student Bible Studies and communities by hosting events and making them dinner
  • outfit students with various crucial resources, such as Bibles, Catechisms, spiritual books, etc. 
  • mobilize students to live as "student missionaries" on campus and teach them to lead their own Bible Studies and mentorship groups
  • transport students to the annual FOCUS conferences which presents them with dynamic formation opportunities
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 …