Christina Augustine (Sanchez)

FOCUS Missionary at St.Raymond Catholic Church in Menlo Park, California

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Where I serve

After serving for three years at the University of Texas, my husband Mychal and I were asked to start the first international campus for FOCUS. Out of 600+ missionaries we were selected to launch a team in Graz, Austria. We spent 5 years in Europe: serving the mission in Austria and Germany. In that time, our family grew and our love for the bringing Jesus to the corners of the earth did as well.  I served on campus and then spent 3 years building the Philanthropy program for FOCUS in Europe. 

I'm so excited to be back in the U.S.A. for my 9th year as a missionary with FOCUS. I've transitioned away from campus and now serve in one of 22 parishes that have brought in FOCUS missionaries. It is a joy to make St.Raymond our new home.

My Story

A theme in my faith journey has been authenticity. My junior year at University, God placed a few missionaries and 4 other women who, like me, were wrestling with the unfulfillment that the college lifestyle could offer; they too were seeking authentic Catholic friendships. Fast forward to the August before my senior year. You know those moments when God completely rocks you? It was a summer pilgrimage to Spain and my heart was wrestling for deeper conversion; to know Him more personally. Well, God answered that prayer in a big way. He put it on my heart to serve him as a missionary, to bring the Gospel to the furthest corners of the towns and cities and invite others into lifelong discipleship. He was asking me to finally, for the first time, live out the call of my own daughter-hood and come alive in His call.  As a missionary I am reminded daily of my continued conversion and what a joy it is to follow the will of God! As one of my favorite women, Saint Teresa of Avila said, "Lord save us from gloomy Saints" ! May we come alive, living out our YES to Christ! 

My time in FOCUS has led me to places and experiences far beyond what I ever could have imaged. As a wife and mother of two young boys, I have experienced a deepening of both vocation to be a mother and my desire to be a missionary, go hand in hand.  In the last 9 years I have served as missionary, Team Director, Philanthropy Officer in Texas, Austria and Germany; and now a Parish Missionary in California.

Your Impact

The desire to serve Jesus faithfully and trust him radically is what drew me to FOCUS. As a missionary, I get the opportunity to do this by inviting others to join me in mission through financial support. It has been nothing but a gift to partner with families and individuals around the country. If you are interested in joining me to change the tide of our culture I would love to meet you and would be so honored to share more about the work that God has called me to do. Thank you for making this possible. 


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