Lucas Nieto

Hey! My name's Lucas. I'm in my 7th year with FOCUS.

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Where I serve

I was blessed to serve at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 6 years, from 2015 to May of 2021. Go Badgers! My time on campus was an amazing time, with challenges and triumphs. This last year, our family knew the Lord was calling me off campus, but to continue serving the work of FOCUS. The Lord has called me to serve on the FOCUS Alumni team, where I get to support and encourage former missionaries and students, who are living their faith in the secular workforce! FOCUS has 35,000 alumni in the nation, and I now have the privilege of getting to know these incredible people and how they are changing the world in their daily lives.

My Story

Being raised Catholic, it was often something I took for granted up until my sophomore year of college. I knew God existed, but never saw a life in friendship with Christ desirable. 

In college I made friends with the FOCUS missionaries on my campus, IUPUI, where I studied Health Services Management. Hesitant at first, I came to realize they possessed a joy, zeal and longing that I thought only existed in the party life and above all, seeking pleasure. I had given to the lie that if it does not feel good, it must be contrary to my good and my happiness. Through their friendship and guidance, I embraced a true life and lifelong commitment, of the Christian; a relentless pursuit of Jesus Christ. 

After graduating Our Lord granted a desire within me to be a missionary with FOCUS! This led me to my wife, Angela, who has been my main partner in mission, along with our two kids Gianna and Mateo. We have been married for 3 years and love being a witness on campus of authentic love to the students. The journey with FOCUS has been full of graces and challenges, and we are thankful for the opportunity to serve the Church and bring others to know the happiness that awaits them in heaven, when following Jesus Christ. 

"Being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the Gospel of God, but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us." 1 Thessalonians 2:8

Your Impact

In answering the Lord by joining FOCUS, we have made the commitment to Him as well as the Catholic Church, to be radically available to students on campus for the good of the body of Christ! In meeting students where they are at, we fully rely on mission partners who are faithful and zealous individuals like yourselves, for financial support to bring Christ where he is not known on campus. If you would like more information or join us in this mission, we would love to get to know you and share more about our impact here at the University of Wisconsin and how you can be a part of it!

In Jesus and Mary,

-Lucas, Angela, Gianna, Mateo and Simon  

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