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.

Friday, February 3, 2017



Howdy Friends!

The month of January has been so fun and God-filled, I’m excited to let you in on all the cool things that are happening in our ministry.

Winter Camp

This past month we had our annual Winter Camp at Sky Ranch, this is a weekend for all our FOCUS ministries to come together and worship, learn and have fun as a community. This year was a blast and we had over 600 people attend, thank you so much for your prayers! This camp we got to hear from different staff in our community and they got to speak to our students about topics such as the remnant, the family of God, the temple of God, work and vocation and more. All through the weekend and coming back from camp I kept hearing how blessed our students felt by certain messages. We are truly so blessed to have people in our community that are not just talented speakers but people who live their lives fully for Jesus.

This weekend was such a blessing to me as well. I got to spend more time with girls from our Richland ministry (one of the campuses I work at), I got to see some of my favorite people from UNT and other campuses as well, I also got to rejuvenate before heading back to our college campuses.

If you are interested in listening to our sermons from the weekend, click the link here. You will be so blessed!





All of our students that attended Winter Camp! :)
Worship at Winter Camp! 




























Richland
This semester I will be co-leading a core (our small group) at Richland with one of our student leaders. I’m so excited to be more involved in our women’s ministry this school year and also I just love getting to be part of core! This campus is not always the easiest when it comes to getting people excited about Jesus but we have had several student that have been coming consistently and faithfully. Be praying that God will open up doors to get more involved on this campus and that students will have open minds and open hearts to the Gospel.

Richland College at Winter Camp






















UTD
With a start of a new semester we had a rush of transfer students, we have had new people come visit our Friday night fellowship nights and our cores. Be praying that these students go wherever God is calling them even if is isn’t our campus ministry!


Here are some things to be praying for

  • Weddings, wedding, weddings - many couples in our community are getting hitched this month, please be praying for these couples in their soon to be marriages.
  • A girl I meet up with weekly named Melissa is graduating soon and currently internship/job hunting, be praying that God opens doors and to make this process as stress-free as possible.
  • Pizza Theology, this semester we will be having a five hour seminar titled “Let’s Talk About Race” with all the tension that surrounds this topic, as our staff prepares for this talk, be praying that we speak Godly truths and challenges to our community. I’m looking forward to this talk and would love to invite you to attend. More info and sign-up here https://anyfocus.org/events/pizza/ .

Here is our student testimony by one our UTD student leaders.



I seriously can not thank you enough for your faithfulness and support to me and this ministry. I hope that you feel encouraged by the work God is doing on all of our campuses. There are so many stories for me to write about, so don’t hesitate to call me or e-mail me to chat even more. As always, if there is anything I can be praying for let me know!

With Love,

Sandra

Tuesday, January 10, 2017



Happy new year to you!


An entire semester of working at UTD and Richland has flown by quickly! Thanks a ton for your prayers and support this past year and I’m so excited for God has in store for our campuses this 2017. Getting to do campus ministry full-time could not have been possible if it wasn’t for your faithfulness to God’s mission.

Here is how we wrapped 2016 and other cool things!

DALLAS CHRISTMAS PARTY


One of my favorite events that we as a staff put together for our students is the Christmas party. This year we decided to take it back and have A Very 80s Christmas!  Such a fun-filled night of laughter, MTV, Lunchables and Twister! This event happened before our students were slammed with their finals so it was a good way to relax before exams.

Some of the UTD gals at the Christmas party! 



INTERN PARTY

Because there can never been too many Christmas parties had to have one with the other interns. This past semester one of the cool things about getting to do the apprenticeship is the special bond you form with the other apprentices. We take classes together, grow in our faith, cry together (good cry) and form deep spiritual friendships with the group. Before our Christmas break, we decided to have a party and do a secret Santa gift exchange.

Posing with our gifts! 


STAFF RETREAT


After Christmas and New Years break with family and friends, 2017 started with an all staff retreat in which we spent time reflecting about the book we read during the break called The Signature of Jesus by Brennan Manning. Getting to read this book has truly impacted by walk with God and I know will continue to bless me this Spring semester. You should read it! In a chapter of the book called Fools for Christ I was challenged to look at my life and the ways I don’t look different from the rest of the world because I choose to adapt. In the chapter Manning says:


“Christians will merely adapt to the secular environment in a tragic distortion of the gospel, in which the words of Jesus are reinterpreted to mean anything, everything and nothing.”


WINTER CAMP


This weekend from the 13th-16th all of our FOCUS campuses will be heading to Sky Ranch in Van, TX for our annual Winter Camp! This is a time in which our students get to worship, grow as disciples, play games all together. Please be praying for safe travels, that our students get to experience the work of the Spirit this weekend, that their love for God would increase, that they make best-friends and they have just a good attitude! For me Winter Camp is where I decided to take my faith seriously and live out the Gospel, pray that our students will open their hearts to that this weekend!

Here's a picture of my Winter Camp ever back in 2011! 


STUDENT TESTIMONY

This months student testimony is from my sweet friend Chiazo. I got to do ministry with Chiazo at UNT for a few years, I'm so honored to call her my friend and sister.




Again, I’m so thankful for you! I pray that the new year brings you so many blessings, that you learn more, that you love and feel loved more and so much laughter!

With Love,

Sandy