Sandy Barba


Hello, world! I'm Sandy and I'm a FOCUS missionary at the Colorado School of Mines!

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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, San Diego State University, and now the Colorado School of Mines! You'll typically find me hanging out at any spot that has some sort of coffee, star gazing, or riding some variation of a skateboard while lost 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, experiencing great lonliness, and often forgetting I was made for community. Upon invitation to a bible study and meeting our FOCUS missionaries my sophomore year I came to know the heart of Jesus like I never had. Then, I was asked two questions by a missionary: do you love Jesus, and do you love your friends? A combination of an affirmative response to the two questions led her to question why I was not sharing the truth that I had encountered with the people entrusted to me. 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, found out daily mass 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 so much further; 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 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 longs for an intimate relationship with them. 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 - eternally! 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. 

“We have a soul to save and an eternity that awaits us.” 

-- St. John Vianney

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 Christ Jesus. 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, SDSU, and Mines. 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 …