Sandy Barba


Hello, world! I'm Sandy and I'm a FOCUS missionary at San Diego State University.

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Where I serve

All the way from sunny Los Angeles, California, God has called me to serve college students at the University of Oregon, and now to San Diego State University! You'll typically find me hanging out at any spot that has some sort of black coffee or coffee on tap, the Newman Center, star gazing, or riding my penny board around campus. Our Lord continues to show me His love in ways that I would have never imagined, I would love to share with you! 

My Story

When I began my college career at UCSB, I navigated my faith life alone, often forgetting the way in which I was made for community. I began to step outside of myself when I ran into my FOCUS missionaries on campus and they invited me to speak to students about Jesus on campus alongside them - WILD. I had not the slightest idea of what I was invited to, but I said yes. Before we spoke to our first student, I was asked two questions by a missionary: do you love Jesus, and do you love your friends? A combining of an affirmative response to the two questions led her to question why I was not sharing the greatest love and truth that I had encountered with the people I loved the most. From then on, I continued to seek the new opportunities that the Lord was offering me through a constant "yes" to Him. The yes's continued as I attended my first Bible study, daily mass (I didn't even know it existed), began to lead my own bible study, and began praying daily. 

I later would sign up for SEEK 2015 upon an invitation from a missionary and meet Jesus in the Eucharist like I never had before! This drew me in further. I  became a first communion catechist, frequented adoration, and I was so hungry for more, and I had people who were willing to drop everything to lead me to it.

In itself, most of my faith life and growth has often revolved around many uninformed "yes's" whose repercussions continue to transform my life to this day. Moving from my little sophomore Catholic faith in college, to being a missionary today has shown me the unimaginable ways in which God can work through our lives if we simply say "yes". 

Today, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ and the deep love that always seeks them through intimate relationship. My goal as a missionary is to love my students and all others around me with a love that seeks the good of the other, a love that promotes the eternity and the goodness of their hearts and souls. I look to our Lord's example in the way in which He met His apostles where they were at, and further - through authentic friendship - called them beyond a life of comfort to a life of greatness. This call to greatness begins with the gospel of Jesus Christ and continues with those whom He has entrusted it to - you and I. 

“Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you.” 

-- St. Augustine of Hippo

Your Impact

My encounter with students at UC Santa Barbara opened my eyes to the emptiness that the college campus offers and it has shown me the desperate need that there is for the world to know the fullness of joy that lies in Jesus Christ. With your financial support and prayers, I seek to spend the next years of my life pouring out love upon the students at the University of Oregon, and now SDSU. In order to deeply invest in our students and encourage them to do the same, I must make myself radically available to serve them. 

This is why 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 propel me through this mission.  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! (you can reach me at [email protected])

Aside from running and spending time with students, I enjoy writing about the things that are on my heart, and photography. I hope to update my website with more about how the mission is shaping up. Feel free to click the button below to take a look.

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 …