Simon Neta

Hello! My name is Simon. I'm a FOCUS missionary at CSU Long Beach.

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Where I serve

The world is crying for connection and does not know it. I believe this is the greatest tragedy in America. It is the abandonment of our unitive identity in our nation, our families, and ultimately from God. The college campus is the place where these questions are most divisive.  The voice of the world tries to offer solutions that it cannot provide. Within four short years most adults have set in motion the most important decisions of their lives. Hence the urgency of my mission.  

God has called me to serve as a collegiate missionary at California State University Long Beach in Las Angeles CA. In tandem with Beach Catholic and St. Bartholomew’s Parish, there is great opportunity for evangelization. As a missionary, I serve to open the space for God’s work in a place so quickly covered with things that do not satisfy. You could find me at the university café, in the quad, on the beach encountering young adults in authentic friendship. In a culture of transaction, the witness of a free gift of self is what is needed to share God’s love. With this understanding I hope to be a unitive witness to those I encounter.  

My Story

The words of Jesus’ great commission “Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…, teaching them to observe all I commanded you” (Mt 28:19-20), took many years to resonate my heart for mission.  

My journey to Jesus and mission started back in middle school.  I had the privilege to attend the March for Life in Washington D.C. and two service trips to Rochester, NY and Detroit, MI with a youth group from St. Bernard Parish, Green Bay, WI. The witness of the pastor and leaders initiated true curiosity into faith. I saw a confidence beyond the mess of the world of money and prestige. At Notre Dame de la Baie Catholic high school I always recalled that conviction. With a deepening understanding of God’s Word I saw the duplicity in the world’s offer of pleasure and its results. Yet, I knew there was something that I had not yet understood. This sentiment stuck with me to college.   

Attracted to the pursuit of the order of truth in the service of the good of humanity in an adventurous field, I chose to study petroleum engineering at the University of North Dakota. I continued to attend Sunday mass at the Newman Center on campus. This was the first time I met FOCUS missionaries. Again, I saw a conviction and joy that was nowhere else to be found. They invested personal time to open in me an interior space to begin a true relationship with God. Over the four years, my identity as not only a creature of the Creator but truly His son softened my stony heart. As my heart opened to God, so also to others, until I was leading Bible studies and personally investing in them too.  

God’s authoritative, demonstrable reason and His goodness propelled me to mission with FOCUS. What a gift!  

The Gospel is for the heart of all of humanity. It is a privilege to set aside a lucrative career to be a witness to what is eternal. Southern California may seem quite a change up from the upper Midwest of Wisconsin and North Dakota. Fortunately, the fundamentals of the Gospel are never changing but always new to each heart. I am excited to allow God to complete the work He has started.  

Your Impact

With your spiritual and financial support in true partnership, the goodness of the Gospel will multiply. As a FOCUS missionary, I rely completely on the generosity of supporters like you to invest in the good work of evangelization to a lonely generation. By the assurance of God, we will reach a lonely generation. Please email or call to join me on the mission to “make disciples of all nations.”  

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 …