Erika Garcia


My name is Erika, it rhymes with America, and I love singing patriotic songs. I hail from the land of Texas, and yes I am one of the proud ones who loves BBQ, George Strait, and cowboy boots. I went to school at Texas State University- San Marcos (Go Bobcats!) where I majored in Political Science and minored in International Studies. My goal for this year is to read 25 books, memorize a rap song, learn how to play the guitar, and grow my own vegetables (one day I want to grow my own avocado tree). My favorite things to do in a new city are explore coffee shops, libraries, and Churches. I enjoy having deep conversations, laughing until my stomach hurts, and cooking for people.

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Where I serve

I am a missionary at San Diego State University, in San Diego, California- home of 38,000 Aztecs. I serve alongside three other great missionaries, Becca Roberts- the team director, also a Texas State grad and big fan of creating her own rap songs and making others laugh, Kevin Ward- a native of Colorado who loves the mountains and hiking, and Michael Hatch- from Washington, who is excited to trade in the Seattle showers with sunny San Diego.

My Story

Jesus Christ is real! 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.

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 let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I'd be honored to share this mission with you. Mother Teresa says it best when she says, "Some go by giving, and some give by going, without both there is no mission." I have this unique opportunity to give back and serve my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and I'd love nothing more than to have you join my team. 

Know, Love and Serve God

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Build Virtuous Friendships

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Teach Others to Share Christ

We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …