Joel Sarmiento

Hi, we are Joel and Alexandra Sarmiento! We are serving our third year as missionaries at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. 

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Where I serve

We are currently in our third year with FOCUS and serving at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. Joel is serving as Team Director and directly invests in the teammates (Alexandra, Micaela, Molly, and Sean) to coach, teach, and help them flourish on the mission so that together, we can raise up as many leaders as the Lord provides. 

It is amazing to see where the Lord has taken us these past few years...from Nebraska to Mississippi to Indiana and now to Ohio! Working in His vineyard for souls is such an adventure and we couldn't be more filled with hope as we continue on this endeavor. 


My Story

As missionaries, our greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. Our life has been transformed by Jesus and we want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. We hadn't experienced this Joy until college. Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. We look to Jesus’ own example to invest deeply into men and women on Franciscan's campus to help them know their true identity as daughters and sons of God and the abundant life they have been created for. 

The test of faith is love, heroic love, and heroism is not an obligation...How grand is this idea! The Church does not live contingent on duties, but instead the generosity of Her faithful! How grand is the confidence that God has extended to focus on our generosity and wait that we might respond! If He were to call, how would you respond?  
  St. Alberto Hurtado    


Your Impact

Without spiritual and financial support from mission partners, we are not able to share Christ with college students who are seeking Truth and seeking to understand what true Love is. This is where you come in! As full-time missionaries, we fully fundraise our entire salary and need the support of generous partners like you to answer the call God has given us. If you are interested in joining us on mission through your support or even just hearing about what we do on the college campus, we would love the opportunity to meet up with you in person or chat on the phone. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us via phone (618-975-3531) or email ([email protected]) and we can get to know each other! God Bless you!   

Know, Love and Serve God

We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.

Build Virtuous Friendships

By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.

Teach Others to Share Christ

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