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








Sunday, May 7, 2017

May Ministry Updates

Summer is coming!


This is my last month of the FOCUS apprenticeship, it’s crazy how this school just flew by.  I’m overwhelmed by the many things God has taught be during this apprenticeship and the impact they will have in my ministry. It’s been such an honor getting to do His work at UTD and Richland this year, and I’m already looking forward to next school year. I still have a couple of weeks left of the apprenticeship, I will be share with you next month about some of the things I have learned and how I saw God at work in our ministries.

After the crazy busy month of March, April was very relaxed. This month tends to be the busiest and most stressful for our students, due to finals, but we made sure to finish well and celebrate the end of another school year. Here are some of my favorite things that happened this past month.


Friday Night Fellowship: For our last FNF we had an open mic night, we encouraged students in our community to come and answer the following “how have you seen God work in yourself and others this year in our community”. This was one of the sweetest focus nights for me, I loved getting to hear from so many of our students. Student after student shared about how through this community they had found friends that loved, challenged, and encouraged them. There were so many moments I was teary-eyed because of all the work God is doing. I encourage you to take the time to listen to some of these stories, you can listen to it here.


Wednesday Morning Fellowship: We also had our last Richland Focus meeting and our sweet little family got to eat together, laugh, and play games. We also took time to share encouraging words to one another and I felt the love by so many of our students. We then gave our students a note card and asked them to write out their personal vision for Richland Focus for next Fall. I kept these notes and was encouraged for the students visions. A note from one of our students said the following.

"My vision for Richland Focus is that it would be a place where people are loved when they are angry, sad, or feeling suicidal, and are still able to show up anyway. I want people to feel the life of God and show up as much as possible and simply try to be active here, and sacrifice things for this to take place."


SICM: This week I hop on a plane with over 80 students to attend the Student Institute of Campus Ministry in Washington state. I had the opportunity to attend SICM as a student, it not only trained me how to lead at my campus, but it encouraged me to learn more about Jesus’ teaching style. I’m so excited to get to attend SICM again and for the students that get to experience it this year. Please be praying for safe travels and that this week would impact the hearts of the students attending.


Thank You so much for being part of my team! You are all such a blessing me and to this ministry. As always, let me know how I can be praying for you.


Our good looking 2017-2017 FOCUS staff.

These are corefas I met up with every week this past year, I love them!


Our Richland leader team, I sure do love these weirdos.

Some of our Richland core girls! 
This month, my sweet niece Zoe was born. She is so cute and so loved already! 



This is whom I lead core with at Richland!





Tuesday, April 4, 2017




Hi Friends!



I can’t believe April is already here, so much happened this past month and I’m so excited to get to share the cool things the Lord has been up to.


Spring Showcase


Thank you all that were able to come to Spring Showcase this past weekend to help send our students to SICM this May! I mentioned in my last blog how each year we invite several students from our ministries to a ministry conference in Washington state, Spring Showcase is our annual fundraiser to cover all expenses to send our students on this conference. This year we are sending over 80 students to this conference and Spring Showcase helped with getting the funds to do that!


We are excited to send this group of potential leaders to SICM, as this conference approaches please be praying that the Lord will use this week-long training to get all of the students attending excited about campus ministry!

Spring Showcase was so fun, so many incredible performances and art from talented people in our community, here are some pictures from the night. If you didn't get to come to the show and you are interested in giving you still can here.

My sweet Ana and friends performing Proud Mary. Such a fun performance! PC: Sean Do


This group performed Trashin' the Camp from the movie Tarzan. I was so excited that this was happening on stage! 



Student Spring Impact (SSI)


Each year we have a group of students from Washington that come to Texas during Spring Break to do outreach at our campuses. We had a group of 12 come this year to our Dallas campuses, and every day from 11-5 they engaged students in spiritual conversation. During the week we would send people out and pairs and they would go up to students asking them for prayer or just getting to know them. I was so encouraged to see new faces come and play games with our ministry.

Here is our Washington SSI team! :)



Sharing outreach stories that happened during SSI at Richland :)

Doing outreach and playing four-square at UTD



Spring Break


This year I got to visit New Orleans with some of my girlfriends, I had never been to Louisiana and it was so cool getting to spend a couple of days exploring the city and eating good food. During our time there we got to visit the Whitney Plantation and learn about a German immigrant family and the slaves they brought with them. Getting to visit this plantation was so eye-opening and emotional, it was very touching getting to take a small glimpse of this time in history and the lives of many that were oppressed.


Prayers
  • The end of the semester is approaching. Please be praying our students finish well in their classes, core and 1:1’s. It’s easy to lose steam at this point of the school year be praying that they don’t lose stamina. 

  • My brother and sister-in- law will are welcoming a baby girl this month. Pray for both of them and baby Zoe, that we have a healthy baby and healthy mom as the due date approaches and after. We are so excited to have a new member to our family. I’m especially thrilled to get to be an aunt! 

Thank you for your prayers and support! You have such an important role in what God is doing at UTD and Richland and I am thankful for your partnership.

Your sister,

Sandra Salvador

Sunday, March 5, 2017


March is here,

Which means my monthly ministry update is also here! Friends, we are almost halfway through the Spring semester, it is insane how quickly the days are flying by but this doesn’t mean we have lost momentum. God is still working on our Dallas campuses and I’m so excited for what He has in store this next couple of months. Here are a few cool things that have been going on in my ministry!


Pizza Theology

Each semester as a ministry we have a four hour event to discuss a topic meant to encourage our students to think deeper about an often difficult or challenging subject. This semester we talked about Race. There’s no doubt that so much of our current news has been centered around the topic of race so for that night we got to hear from our staff (who prepared hours of material) and talked about race in the church and race in the world. We also got to hear from students and alumni as they shared their experiences being there race growing up and in how they feel being part of our community. This topic can be sensitive and getting to hear our students be so vulnerable as they share their experiences ministered to so many including myself. I encourage you all to listen to this talk, you will be so blessed. I wrote out a testimony to share that night, e-mail me if you’re interested in reading it. You can find the lecture here.



Richland

This semester I have been co-leading a ladies small group at Richland and it has become one of my favorite things of the week. We have been reading and discussing through the book of Philippians and in our discussions we have been sharing about identities and how we sometimes put all of the ways the world defines us before we choose the identity God has given us. Our girls have been so open in what they share and open to giving those up for Christ. Continue lifting up in prayer our women's core, our men’s core and our Wednesday morning fellowship meetings.

SSI

Each year we have a group of students from a sister ministry in Washington state that come down to Texas during their Spring Break to do campus outreach at our campuses. Be praying that during that week of outreach our students have open hearts and minds for spiritual conversations. Pray for safe travels for the students that will be coming from Washington.

Spring Showcase
Our annual Spring Showcase SICM fundraiser is happening April 1st! This concert and art show is an event that makes it possible for us to send a group of FOCUS students to the Student Institute of Campus Ministry (SICM), which is the week-long ministry training program put on by our friends at CCF in Washington. You can get your tickets and find additional details at here. We will have very talented people performing and selling their artwork! Everyone is invited—–you won’t want to miss this! Hope to see you there! Here's a teaser video.



Monthly Testimony
This month's student testimony is from one of our students from the UTA FOCUS ministry. You can also listen to her share her testimony in the Pizza Theology audio. :)

In other news
My apprenticeship will be ending and the end of May and I have been offered an amazing opportunity to continue being on FOCUS staff after May. I love campus ministry a whole lot and I’m excited that this gets to be my job. I ask that you be in prayer during this time to consider continuing supporting me as a campus minister. I am incredibly thankful for your support and your prayers.

As always feel free to email me any prayer requests.


With so much love,

Sandra.