Millennial Moment

Erika Perez, UT- Rio Grande Valley
Erika Perez, Young Latino Leader

Where do you call home?

I call home the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, this a border region that separates Mexico from the United States.

What do you do for a career?

I am a Lecturer at the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley. I wake up every day with the goal of helping first year students to be successful in college. My passion is to see students live out their purpose in life. 

Do you serve in your church?

For the past 13 years I have served my local church, Iglesia Bautista Jerusalén in Pharr, TX, in various capacities, from serving as a Youth Minister, being part of the worship team, to providing mental health workshops to our church congregation. I currently serve as a Sunday school teacher. It has been a challenge, but I have seen the rewards of teaching kids how to know God. 

What motivates you to serve?

My desire to be obedient to the example that Jesus gave to us when he said to serve others because he came to serve us.

What words of wisdom or inspiration would you pass to millennials?

Be yourself. Be active in the church. Don’t expect people to serve you, but make your life about serving others. Don’t ask what is there in it for me when it comes to serving in the church. However ask how I can serve the church.

What bible verse has influenced you the most and why?

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 

I’ve taken hold of this bible verse since the time I served as a missionary in Venezuela. While I was in Venezuela I was bitten by a spider, I was in severe pain and I had to be taken to the hospital. I struggled with an infection for 15 days. During this time, I had to settle for God’s grace and the work he was doing through my weakness. l had to remind myself that God was good in-spite of the pain he allowed me to experience.