God has called me to serve a second year at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. It is such a joy to be able to return and grow with the students at GMU. Moving across the country to Northern Virginia has allowed my heart expand and get a glimpse of the aching heart of God for all of a "home-away-from-home". I am so honored to work alongside six of my teammates and be instruments of God for his greater glory. While the pace of life here in Northern Virginia can be very competitive and fast-paced, I work to help students look at the world through the lens of love and community. You can find me hanging out at the chapel, visiting student's home, or trying out any cool food places around town.
I come from a family of immigrants; my parents decided to take a huge leap of faith and move my family to the U.S. just as I turned six years old. I've called Colorado home since. Growing up in a very faithful Mexican family, Catholicism has always been a part of my life. God had always been something I knew of but not someone I knew. It was during my time in college where I first took ownership of my faith.
I studied at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where I double majored in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. I had great love for understanding history, people, and social systems in place. During my time in college, I was still kept my label as a Catholic as I continued to attend Mass on Sundays and participating in a bible study. Yet I was still lukewarm. I began to grow frustrated with my faith because my studies involved learning about the injustices of our U.S. history and perceived as of no one cared, not even people in our Church. As I entered into my Junior year of college, spending a semester in Washington, D.C. I interned for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and my faith took turn. It is here were I recognized that I had minimized our faith to a system, not an encounter. During my time at the USCCB I learned a lot about how our Catholic Church truly cares and responds to those who are most vulnerable in our society. For the first time I encountered how the real heart of Jesus bleeds for His Church and people. On my return to Boulder to finish my college career, I met and walked alongside a FOCUS missionary who allowed me to blossom in my newfound vision of my relationship to Jesus and his Church.
As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. I want others to ask those great question affecting our society today and let them encounter Jesus in that. While the world may tell us that religion or faith are useless, I have been a witness that there is great peace and purpose found in giving our life to God. 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
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. I cannot bring this message of true freedom without your help. 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.
We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.
By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.
We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …