Yazmin Montoya

Hi! My name is Yazmin (now) Gutierrez. I'm a Varsity Catholic FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students. I am a second-year missionary at the University of Oklahoma. 

My Story

Having your life transformed can never be measured. Like many, I grew up Catholic. I went to Catholic school in grade school and high school. Going into college I went to mass every Sunday, but I did not have a personal relationship with God nor did I know I needed one or that I actually thirsted for one. Leaving my home in California, God brought me to Louisiana to play soccer and to lead my team. However, He really brought me to Lafayette to encounter Christ. He wanted me to encounter young people on fire for Jesus and the Catholic Church. My first two years of college I put my identity in things that were never going to fulfill me. My sophomore year of college I met Allison McCormick, a Varsity Catholic FOCUS Missionary. She invited me into discipleship and challenged me to a better person, woman, and Catholic. Seeing her joy and love for Lord was very much attractive. I wanted what she had…Jesus. Now redirecting my talents for God’s glory, remembering He is the one that gives us our talents and goods, I have learned that being a daughter of God is the one true identity I need to cling to. My desire is simply to share Jesus with other female athletes as Allison did to me.

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.  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 …