Rachel Zayas

Hey y’all! My name’s Rachel. I’m a FOCUS missionary.

Where I serve

I’ve been on mission with FOCUS for five years and currently serve as the Team Director for the missionaries at the University of Dallas. 

My Story

I was raised in a good Catholic home but began to live life quite contrary to the teachings of Jesus when I was in high school. At 17 years old, after leaving one party and heading to another, I crashed my car on the freeway at about 11 o’clock at night. This was a huge wakeup call in my life, as Jesus showed me that my choices were quite literally leading me into a dead end. I gave my life to Jesus after that fateful night and my life has never been the same!

At Baylor University we were blessed to have a FOCUS team there that invited me into a bible study and deeper into my walk with Jesus Christ. They taught me how to share my faith with my classmates and that opportunity lit a fire inside me to share the gospel wherever I went. After college I answered the call to be a FOCUS missionary and evangelize for Him full time. 

My first two years I served in Arizona at NAU and then got married to my wonderful college sweetheart, Gabriel. I moved back to Texas (Gabe is a teacher in Dallas) and became the Team Director at The University of North Texas for two years. We moved to Irving, TX and I currently serve at the University of Dallas. We welcomed a daughter, Maria Rose, in 2018 and a son, Dominic, in 2020. Being a missionary family these past few years has been incredible and we are excited to see where Jesus takes us!

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. 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.

(My husband & I on our honeymoon having our marriage blessed by the Pope!) 

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 text me at (713) 240-0913 or email me at [email protected] and I would love to set up a time to talk more about this amazing life!

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