David Pernia

Hey! My name’s David. I’m a FOCUS missionary.

Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students at the University of Florida. You’ll typically find me at the Catholic Gators student center, playing soccer, or exploring the Gainesville outdoors. I have a powerful story about how Jesus has changed my life – come find me and I’d love to share it with you!

My Story

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. As a former student athlete, my life revolved around playing soccer, surviving school, and soaking in as much of my social life as possible. I quickly became enslaved to my passions and desires along with the partying culture/culture of use, and by the end of my freshman year of college I noticed a deep emptiness in my life. The summer heading into my sophomore year, I had a powerful encounter with Christ in Eucharistic Adoration thanks to the invitation of a close friend of mine who got involved with focus as a student. That led to my decision to lay down my idols and make Christ the center of my life. The Lord asked me to let go of my life as a student athlete and everything else that came with it, and over the next few years He led me through a powerful journey of deeper conversion. As I grew deeper in my faith, God introduced me to some focus missionaries who helped awaken the missionary zeal in my heart. They challenged me to live a life transformed and to share the life-changing message of the Gospel with others.

My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to Him. In particular, God has given me the blessing of working with men in fraternities. It has been a joy to walk with men who have had to fight through a culture similar to the one I did as a student athlete, and to see them encounter Christ and live a life transformed. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. I look to Jesus own example to find the best method of reaching the world. I’ve been constantly amazed by the different souls I’ve encountered on campus.

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.

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