Rod Light | July 24, 2018

LPC sophomore Maggie Mejia is talking a lot about the solar-power tents she helped create for homeless people. Her upcoming TEDx is already making an impact from coast to coast.

Life Pacific Sophomore Maggie Mejia grew up in a low-income community of Southern California where she attends Lighthouse of San Fernando Foursquare Church.

As a high school student, she regularly passed homeless people on her way to school and dreamed about ways to improve their lives. God stirred something inside Maggie and ideas started flowing about how she might make a difference.

“I felt encouraged to give the voiceless a voice and bring awareness to the underrepresented,” she says.

This conviction led Maggie to become an advocate for women in ministry and women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). She became involved in an organization called DIY Girls and was part of a team of 12 girls that invented a solar-powered, collapsible tent that fits inside a backpack that they hope will transform the lives of homeless people everywhere.

The group’s website, DIYGirls.org, describes the tent as “a portable and sanitary shelter in which to sleep that is passively temperature controlled and allows for access to modern necessities.”

The Los Angeles-based Economic Roundtable concludes that homelessness in the San Fernando Valley increased by 36% in 2016, the year DIY Girls began deliberations on the collapsible tent project. Now that the tents are a reality, DIY Girls believe they can benefit the homeless and displaced in San Fernando and as far away as those living in refugee camps throughout Europe.

“I hope this talk (TEDx) brings awareness to the needs of our communities, empowering people to create the changes they want to see,” Maggie says.

In June, Maggie and DIY Girls teammate Daniela Orozco will travel to the University of Maryland to participate in a local TEDx event, a local expression of the larger TED Talk (technology, entertainment, and design) video phenomenon. They will present personal observations about their journey as innovators and women in technology as well as their vision for sharing solar-powered tents with the world.

“I hope this talk brings awareness to the needs of our communities, empowering people to create the changes they want to see,” Maggie says. “I pray that those who watch this talk are not only inspired to dream big and bold but also to think big and bold about the possibilities.”

“LPC is preparing me for a brighter future,” Maggie says. “I am learning how to live in community and how to represent Jesus among different groups of people.”

A double major in communications and biblical studies, Maggie says she is expanding her understanding of the Bible and searching for specific ways that Christianity can intertwine with the workforce to bring necessary change in the world.

“LPC is preparing me for a brighter future,” Maggie says. “I am learning how to live in community and how to represent Jesus among different groups of people.”

Maggie credits DIY Girls with helping her learn about engineering and how to apply those principles to improving the lives of others. Her Bible classes at Life Pacific equip her to understand her place in God’s plan for the world, and her communication studies are giving her tangible knowledge, techniques, and methods for sharing the passion of her heart with others.

As a young woman in ministry and a woman in STEM fields, Maggie Mejia is making a difference. She is learning to walk devoutly with God and to share His heart of compassion with people in need.

We think Maggie embodies what Life Pacific students do and the kind of influence they have as people who are called of God and reaching out to others.

 

To watch the livestream of the event click here. Maggie's presentation starts at 1:42:00.