Thursday, April 12, 2018

Hi Friends!

The semester is coming to an end.

It’s so crazy that we are in the middle of April and that the Spring semester is ending in four weeks. God has been so good to us this semester and I’m excited to share with you all the cool things that He has been up to.


Spring Showcase (the fundraiser we put on each year to send students to SICM) was a huge success! It was the first time to be at a new church, have two shows and one art show and thanks to you the event was so successful! We made over $17,000 in one day!! All of that will help in sending over a 100 students to SICM this May.

Richland: I love this school so much and coming after Winter Camp our students were excited about reaching out to our campus and sharing Jesus with their peers. This semester we started sending out students in pairs to have spiritual conversations with other students and they have been so encouraged by the outcome. In these conversations they are praying for students, starting a friendship and inviting them to core.

UTD: Each week I get to meet with several women from the UTD campus and I have been so blessed by their consistency in serving Christ and their love for his people. Last summer we were struggling with finding women to lead our small groups. The women staff prayed and God has brought to our ministry so many ladies who are excited about serving their campuses.

Student Spring Impact (SSI): Each year we host a group of Washington students that come during their Spring Break to do outreach and ministry on our campuses for a week. They spend all day going out having spiritual conversations with students, inviting them to games, inviting them to our ministry. We had so much this year with their team and they were all so encouraged by the conversations they got to have during the week. Continue praying for these students and their ministry at Western Washington University!

As the semester comes to an end please be praying for our students. They tend to lose energy and motivation when they need it the most! I can already notice some of them being disconnected in cores and even during our fellowship time. Pray that they finish the semester well - in their classes, cores, and one-on-one Bible studies. The end of the semester is also exciting because we have so many parties and cake! So yay!

Thank you so much for all your prayers and support! I’m so blessed to have you on my team and I hope you feel blessed by what God is doing on the college campus. As always let me know how  I can be praying for you!

With Love,

Your campus missionary,

Sandra


This sweet lady is one of the girls that will be going to SICM in May! 
As an outreach event we played 9-square in the air for the first time on our UTD campus! 



At Richland, we asked students to respond to who God the Father, the Son, the Spirit is for them. 




At UTD we asked questions relating to God and Justice. 

Took a road trip to Colorado with some ladies to visit our friend Autumn. 

My sweet friend Danyelle got to visit this month from Bolivia, where she's a missionary. 

Our Dallas staff had dinner and fro-yo together this past month! 


Monday, February 12, 2018



Hey Friends!
Hoping your February has been going great and you have stayed far from the flu! This year is already moving too fast, am I right?. January was full of exciting things, hope you are blessed to get to read about some of the neat things that are going on in our neck of the woods.


I kicked off the year by heading to staff retreat in Burnet. We have a retreat before the start of each semester and they are such a blessing to my personal ministry. Staff retreat is a time where we reflect  on our relationship with God, relate to one another (this is the most time I get with the staff from other campuses), and we get to share about our ups and downs from the Fall semester. It’s always a rejuvenating experience for me.


This past month we also headed to Winter Camp, this our biggest event of the year! We had around 20 students from Richland that got to experience camp for the first time. It’s been a month and they are still talking about the experience and I know this will be such a special memory for the years to come. This camp we had our friends  from Western Washington University come and share with our students about our “Send Me” theme. The weekend consisted of sermons that challenge some of the obstacles that get in the way of reaching out to our campuses but also encouraged all of us to be people on mission! Our students were so blessed to have Geoff and Jessica Mumley come speak at our camp, there are too many good things to share about the sermons but I encourage you to go listen to them here.


Core at Richland College has been so encouraging after Winter Camp. Our students really caught a vision for their campus and have been outreaching to their at school. It has been super special getting to see that the students that just joined in the Fall are already getting the vision and sharing Jesus with others!

As the semester continues please pray that the students don’t lose their groove and excitement about being people who are sent. Pray that the Spirit will continue moving through them and our campuses!


Thank You for all your support and encouragements! As always let me know how I can be praying for you.

Enjoy the pictures below!

Your campus minister,


Sandra


Me and some girls from Richland FOCUS

Richland FOCUS kiddos

Everyone from camp! :) 


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.