Ann Van

“He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you”

– St. John Paul II

Where I serve

God has called me to serve the college students at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, LA!! My teammates: Jack, Hannah, Weston, and I will be the first FOCUS team at this university and we are so excited to encounter the students on this campus.

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My Story

Growing up, my parents taught me a lot of prayers and took me to Mass about three times a week, but I did not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In high school, I encountered Him for the first time in adoration at the Diocese of Austin Catholic Youth Conference and I have never felt His presence and His love with so much certainty and clarity.

Coming into college, I went to Mass on Sundays and retreats every once in a while to feel the “spiritual high” that I experienced in high school, but I still did not have a friendship with the Lord. However, everything changed when I met a FOCUS missionary during my sophomore year and she changed my life. Sounds a little dramatic, I know, but let me explain.

An invitation to coffee turned into an invitation to Mass, and that is when my relationship with Jesus Christ began to grow exponentially. She challenged me to strive for a life of virtue, and through her, the Lord invited me to say “yes” to Him and the good and beautiful things in life that He desires to share with me. By developing a daily prayer life and frequenting the sacraments, I have grown closer to Jesus and get to experience the love that He is.

Why am I a FOCUS missionary? Because of the impact that my friend (and the Lord, of course) had on my life and I want other college students to discover the abundant joy that a life with Christ has to offer. God has placed a desire for mission on my heart and I am excited to share my life with other women and walk with them on their journey to Heaven.

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 have 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 would be honored to share this mission with you!

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