Monday, December 4, 2017



My Friends!

How are we already wrapping up the semester? Our students have started finals and it feels like Welcome Week was just a few weeks ago. Here are some highlights from my ministry this past month.

One of the things we value as a ministry and that we want our students to also value is learning and pursuing God. Once a semester we do an event called Pizza Theology to help our students learn and think more critically about Christianity. This month we had Professor of Greek and New Testament, Bill Watson from Criswell College lead us in a lecture on the Sermon on the Mount. I was so blessed by his lecture! For four hours we explored the words of Jesus and how we are called to live like Him. Wanna know something cool? You can listen to the lecture here. You will be so blessed!

Ministry at Richland has been so so so encouraging. This semester building community and our ministry having a presence on campus have been so easy! Our students show up to core each week eager to learn about Jesus and engage in discussion about Him. For one of our cores this past month I asked our students to answer the question how didn’t you reflect Jesus this past week? I was impressed by the honesty from each of the students and their desire to change their lives to reflect Jesus.

Another cool thing that kicked off this month was our annual Keep FOCUS Growing fund. Each year we do this fundraiser to raise money to pay for ministry expenses such as outreach on our campuses, counseling for students, benevolence for students,  worship equipment and many more things that are necessary to keep our ministry running! Our goal for this year is to raise $50,000. We have raised $33,879.18!! Which is such a blessing!!

If you have not had the chance to make a special contribution and would like to give to KFG. You can donate here!

Thanks a bunch for your support and love for campus ministry! As you journey through this holiday season, I pray that it may be one of reflection of our good Father and the many blessings that He bestows upon us.

As always let me know how I can be praying for you.

With love,

Your Campus Missionary Sandra

Our annual FOCUS Open House

Pizza Theology we packed up the auditorium!


Tuesday afternoon Richland Core. So blessed to lead this group each week. 

This month's student testimony is from my dear friend Danyelle! Danyelle and I came to FOCUS the first semester it kicked off at UNT way back in the Spring of 2010. It was such a blessing getting to be in the same ministry as her. She is smart, kind, funny and someone who has such a heart for Jesus and His people. She also loves pranking people! I love her dearly and I'm so thankful that years later she is still part of my life despite her living in South America. I hope you are blessed by her testimony. You can read about her work in Bolivia here. :) 








Thursday, November 2, 2017



My friends,

It is Fall with a high of 90, happy November ya’ll!

Here’s what’s been going on in our neck of the woods this past month. God is continuing to build and grow our communities both at Richland and UTD and so many students are maturing in their faith. Thank you very much for all your support and please continue praying for the students in our ministry and our campuses.


This month’s student testimony is from one of my Richland favorites, Josh Erdmann! This guy is such joy to be around and makes our campus ministry so fun. He is one of those people that can strike a conversation with anyone which makes him so valuable to the Richland campus.



This semester I have also had the chance to do a 1:1 Bible study with Josh’s girlfriend Claire (love and obsessed with her) and this month I asked her how her relationship with Jesus has been impacted through Richland Focus and this was her response. “I finally am certain that I am a child of God and I have gained more of an understanding of what it looks like to be a disciple of Christ when I do ministry related things throughout the week.”

Here is the month in pictures :)

It was October so of course, some of the Richland ladies went to a pumpkin patch.

This is Summer, this semester we are studying the Bible together! 

Richland peeps bowling!

Stars game with our core! :)

This is Yatzel and me on Halloween! We meet every week to study the Bible. She's so cool and sweet! :) 

Our Church celebrated its 20th anniversary so we celebrated with a retreat! 

Richland Gals! :)

What would your tombstone say? At Richland we set up a table and asked the students walking by to write their epitaph. It was a very fun and thought-provoking event for our campus, a lot of neat conversations came from it.
 


Thanks a bunch for all your prayers, support and encouragements! Can't believe Thanksgiving is almost here. As always let me know how I can be praying for you.

In Christ,

Sandra

Monday, October 2, 2017




My friends!

This year has been flying by and God has been so faithful and continues to bring students into our UTD and Richland College ministries. August and September are the craziest months for campus ministry but things are starting to slow down and the students that are coming to core and our fellowship meetings are now solidifying.

This school year I get to lead a coed core at Richland with one of our apprentices Eddie. We have been meeting for over a month now on Tuesdays at 1:30  and it has been such a blessing getting to meet students and share Jesus with them! Our group of students comes from different cultural, religious, and family backgrounds. We spent the past two weeks sharing stories about events that have had a deep impact on their lives. There was a lot of crying together, encouraging one another, and such a strong connection was formed. These students have been through so much and yet here they are coming to learn more about Jesus. Please continue to pray for our Richland ministry, God has given us students that are hungry for Him and the hope that only He can bring!

I asked one our students that is part of our Richland core to share about her experience in FOCUS. I hope you find her words encouraging!

“God has taught me what love is again through our ministry. I never really felt like I belonged anywhere when I moved to Dallas, and when I heard about core I had just gotten out of a bad breakup. I was in need of a community and belonging, and God provided for me. Core really jump-started me into pursuing my faith again, and I really struggled with feeling like God could love me after I had forgotten about Him for three years. When you gave me the Focus on Jesus study it helped me get back into the love of spending time with our amazing God and realizing that He never stopped loving me. I was worried about core this year because I didn’t know many people, and I was no longer taking classes at Richland, but everyone has been very open to one another. Being able to share my experiences, and receive advice on them with people who care about my walk with God has been incredible. I want to invest my time into a core and Focus because for so long I have tried and failed at pursuing my faith on my own. We aren’t meant to do it alone, we are one body. We need each other, and in my short time involved in Focus I’ve seen not only how I need others in order to grow spiritually, but how others need me as well.” -Summer

This is Summer! She's going to UTD this year.

At UTD the small groups have also been exploding with students! I have visited two cores there and both had around 15 girls in each! These core attendees have started studying the Bible 1:1 with one of our leaders or strong returners and it is through the 1:1 study time we get to see the Matthew 28 passage lived out!

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

I am honored to get to share Jesus with students every day! Your support means so much. I hope that the pictures from this past month will be an encouragement in your life and that they will minister to you.


As always, let me know how I can be praying for you!



Love Y'all,


Sandra Salvador

Richland Friends at Fall Camp 2017!
Javi and Summer

Ann and Me
Celebrating two of our Richland students birthdays! 


Some of the crew after Fall Camp
Our Dallas ministries (UTD, Richland, TWUD, SMU)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


My friends,


The Fall semester is off to a great start. I love Summer and I’m glad it was so restful but I missed being back on campus and around students everyday! Ministry in our Dallas communities has been such a blast and I’m excited to share with you all the neat things God has been up to this past month.

Richland FOCUS

Community college has such a special place in my heart! After doing ministry for a year at Richland I was excited to get to be back on campus and meeting students. This school year we are trying something a little different on campus and we are having coed cores (small groups) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Cores are a great way to build friendships and learn about God together as a community. We had around twelve people show up to our first one and we had such a fun and engaged group. Please be praying for the students that will be coming to core this year, that they continue to have open hearts to Jesus and His promises.

UTD FOCUS

Welcome Week was such a blast at UTD, we were there for several days meeting students, playing games and inviting them our events. The first Friday Night Fellowship was filled with new faces. An encouraging thing that I noticed that night was that no one was sitting alone. If people walked in early they were immediately greeted and befriended by one of our returners, how cool is that??

Leader Team

Every year we have a group of student leaders that volunteer to lead cores and 1:1 Bible studies with students. I wanna take time in this month’s blog to brag about them, they are all so awesome! Each of them were on campus during these first weeks meeting freshman and inviting them into their lives and our ministry. This is one of the most exhausting times of the school year because there are so many people to meet and not once did I hear them complain. These students are ministers of the Gospel at UTD/SMU/Richland/TWUDallas on top of doing school and some even have jobs. Please be praying for our leader team this year, God is so good and faithful for always giving our ministry leaders that are excited for what is doing on the college campus and I’m so blessed by each of them.

Join Me

I’m so thankful for all your support, words of encouragement and the  love that you give me. Another huge way you can join me in what God is doing is by joining me in prayer this semester. It is not in vain that we cry out to God, He is always at work, after reading my blog I encourage you to pray for the following.

  • Pray for our Richland ministry, one of the biggest struggles on this campus is meeting people who are available and interested in campus ministry. Our staff will be spending a lot of time doing outreach during the week pray that we meet students and that we are as accommodating as can be to their schedules.
  • Pray for the future of DACA. If you don’t know what DACA is I encourage you to take sometime to read on it. This is a program that allows students who were brought to the U.S. at a young to attend school and work. This program is now being repealed and it is now up to Congress to save it. Many people near to my heart would be affected by this, many students that our in our ministries would be affected as well. Please, please, please be praying for a wise decision from our leaders and for peace to the students affected.
  • Pray for our student leaders and our cores!


Thanks again! As always let me know how I can be praying for you!

Love,

Sandra

This month's student testimony is from one of our leaders at UTD!
Richland students that visited FNF!
Labor Day hangout with students
 in Downtown Dallas
Indian dinner with UTD international students that are also my neighbors! <3

Hanging out with a couple of Richland students

Monday, August 7, 2017



My friends,

We are officially in August, this summer has just flown by. We are only a few weeks from welcoming back all of the students to our Dallas campuses. Summer has been a great time to rejuvenate but I can’t wait to get back on campus and to participate in all of the welcome week events.

July has been up and down for me emotionally but even in that God has shown himself to be so faithful and so good to me!

Last week the entire FOCUS staff went on a four day retreat to Whitewright, TX. Getting to be with my co-workers for that many days was very life-giving! We all worshiped every day, shared our lives, ate, and played games. This time together as a staff was especially special for me because it’s a time I get to hear from different campuses that I don’t get to spend time. I’m so thankful that I get to work with such a wise, fun, and God seeking group of people! God is so good in creating deep and spiritual friendships and not just coworking one.

Another exciting things about this month is that we have finally nailed down our Dallas leadership team! These people will be meeting and discipling students this next year and we are so excited to have a group who is willing to serve our campuses with their time and resources! This weekend we have will have Corefa Prep -  we will go over different strategies to better serve the incoming freshman and how to introduce them to Jesus. Please be praying for this event.

This time last year I was very nervous about campus ministry and what my role in FOCUS would look like. I made last summer too stressful because I started believing lies about who I was as a minister. Thankfully during the apprenticeship those lies started to be replaced with truths about me and how God really sees me. This summer has been completely different, I feel so rejuvenated and stress-free heading into the school year. Please continue to pray that this attitude will remain year round.

As always thank you so much for your support. I’m so blessed by your investment and your trust in me.

Here are some things to be praying for the next couple of weeks:

  • Pray for a great Welcome Week, that we will meet so many students and introduce to a different a good college experience.
  • This time of year can be stressful, pray for good hearts and attitudes and that we will represent the kingdom well.
  • Pray for our corefa team, these students volunteer so much of their time to meet people, study with them and disciple them.
  • Pray for our Richland ministry, we are having two coed cores this school year in hopes to reach out to more students.

As always let me know how I can be praying for you. Enjoy this months pictures!

Your campus minister,

Sandra Salvador




This months student testimony from TWU in Denton. :) 
Ordination ceremony at Summer Focus
The cute Dallas team.







Tuesday, July 11, 2017



My friends,

The fall semester is just around the corner! Soon so many freshman and transfer students will be stepping onto to the UTD and Richland campus for the first time. Our staff is so excited to get the school year started and we are currently working on building our student leader team for the 2017-2018 school year. The students on leader team volunteer 15+ hours to campus ministry - leading small groups, having 1:1 bible studies and doing outreach on campus. Be praying as we put together our leader team and pray for a restful summer because the first couple of weeks of school will be very busy and exhausting!

Summer Focus

Every Thursday night this summer all of our FOCUS ministries come together to worship, learn, and fellowship together. This summer the staff have been preaching sermons on relating to God and I am just blown away by all the great ministers I get to call my co-workers. This past week Brandon delivered a message on loving the word of God. I was so challenged to look at my personal relationship with the scriptures, how I approach them and apply them to my ministry.  I would encourage you to give this sermon a listen and the past ones as well. You can find them here. We only have a few summer meetings left for the semester be praying for our last few meetings of the summer.

I am currently at about 80% of my fundraising goal, please be in prayer for this and that I get to 100% by the end of summer. I'm so thankful for your generosity that you have shown me. If you know of anyone that would be interested in getting a ministry support letter please let me know!

I’m so excited to get to do full-time ministry at UTD and Richland for the next year. Thank you so much for investing in this mission and for all of your prayers. I’m so pumped for next school year and for the lives of students that will be changed through campus ministry!

Love you guys!

Your Campus Missionary,

Sandra Salvador



Ismael is one of the sweetest people I know, I hope his story is an encouragement to you.

Summer FOCUS, featuring a close-up of Garrett

Sunday, June 4, 2017






That’s a wrap!

My time as an apprentice has come to an end, it’s crazy how quickly the past ten months have flown by. I have learned so much this year about campus ministry, people, and most importantly Jesus. Thank you so much your prayers and your partnership in the Gospel this school year, it’s been a great blessing. Although the school year has come to a close, our ministry and students are not giving up meeting and learning together this summer. Please be in prayer for our Summer Focus meetings that will be happening every Thursday night this summer break. This time of year is so fun because all of our Focus ministries come together and get to form friendships across campuses! Here are some cool things that happened this past month.

This past month we flew over 70 students to Washington and it was such a blast! At SICM (Student Institute of Campus Ministry) they learned about Jesus style of mentoring, leading small groups, and so much more. It was such an impactful week for our students and I’m so glad they get to take all the ministry tools they learned back to their college campuses!

SICM students + Focus staff


Now that the apprenticeship is over I will be transitioning into full-time senior staff, this summer I will be spending most of my time fundraising my salary. I know that God is calling me into campus ministry and He was so faithful this last year in raising my support and I believe He will be again this next year.

Please join me in prayer during this fundraising season. If there are any people who you think would be interested in supporting me as a campus missionary please don’t hesitate in sharing my contact information.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can not say that enough, you have played such an important part in my apprenticeship this year.

I’m excited to catch up with you all this summer and share more stories from this year! I would also love to hear about your life, so please don’t hesitate to shoot me a text or give me call.

In Christ,

Sandra Salvador




Earlier this month, Melissa, whom I got to meet with every week this past year, graduated from UTD! Yay!
One of the girls in my Peer Team got married. Yay! 

The apprentices now staff at SICM. :)

Praise & Worship at SICM