Jake and Mikayla Avard

“Nothing can be compared to the great beauty and capabilities of a soul; however keen our intellects may be, they are as unable to comprehend them as to comprehend God, for, as He has told us, He created us in His own image and likeness.” -Saint Teresa of Avila

Where We serve

We serve at Texas A&M University in College Station. Mikayla is a full-time missionary, while Jake is part-time, also known as affiliate. This is our second year serving at A&M and with FOCUS. It is such a joy to be apart of both this great school and ministry!

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Our Story

Mikayla: I was raised Catholic, and had encountered the Lord in many ways growing up. However, it wasn’t until college that someone had walked with me and helped me understand how to truly live out the Gospel. That someone was a FOCUS missionary! With God’s graces, I formed a prayer life along with many other life changes and became a missionary myself! My desire is to help impact students just as I was impacted through FOCUS. Jesus changed my life! How could I not spend all my time being apart of His mission!?

Jake: I was raised Baptist, but after deep discernment, entered the Church at Easter Vigil 2023. Jesus in the Eucharist was what mainly brought be into the Catholic faith. I joined a FOCUS Bible study my junior year of college, and was accompanied by the missionary who led it. I work full-time, but still have a love for mission, so I volunteer with FOCUS as an affiliate!

We got married May 13th, 2023 and welcomed our first little one, Lucía Marie, in March, 2024! We both graduated from Texas State University, where Mikayla was a Strutter and Jake was in BYX. Eat ’em up, cats!

Your Impact

Jesus thirsts for every soul, and the impact on just one soul on campus is worth more than we can imagine! (Luke 15:7) But through the grace of God, the support of our mission partners, and both of our efforts in ministry, almost 100 students’ lives were impacted in our first year at Texas A&M! This number is taken from the amount of students who have attended Bible studies, discipleship, SEEK, a Father’s House retreat we hosted in College Station, and more. We could not devote the amount of time and effort to this mission without the support of our mission partners!

As you go on mission with us through your support, we are impacting these students lives together! Your prayers and gifts are crucial to this mission, and we are so grateful for any ways you can contribute to us sharing Christ’s love on campus!

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