Seven Questions with Oscar Sanchez – California Southern Baptist Convention
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7 Questions with Oscar Sanchez

Oscar Sanchez
Missions Initiatives Team
This week we feature a gentleman who has served for more than 43 years in ministry for California. This is none other than Oscar Sanchez who oversees Feeding Those Who Feed Us; a part of CSBC’s Missions Initiatives. He boasts this ministry as one that does not require a person to leave California in search of a mission field. He reaches out to agricultural workers, packing houses, and people in your very own neighborhoods, encouraging their walk with the Lord.

What book are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading "No Greater Love" by A.W. Tozer. I have to admit I love reading any of his books, but this one has been the greatest resource to me and my ministry, I’ve read it several times and like to come back to it often. God wants our heart, and the greatest love we can experience is His unconditional and continuous love for us.

What biblical character (other than Jesus) would you want to meet, and why?

Apostle Paul only after Jesus! Paul’s love, commitment, and devotion to Jesus is unmatched. I would really enjoy getting to meet and talk with him. I’m really a big fan. I read anything I can get my hands on about Paul.

Toilet paper, under or over?

Over. It sounds practical to me you know, flowing and going. I’d be in that group that favors over the top! If my wife puts it under, I switch it.

Who has been the most influential person in your Christian life, and why?

There have been many of course. But when I was an 18-year-old young man, I met someone that forever changed my life. George Stokyo was a Christian organizer, campus disciple on my college campus, and mentor to many, including myself. He encouraged me and demonstrated how to live a Christian life. He taught me, through his own example, at a very critical point in my life, how to be a faithful Christian man. I am so grateful the Lord led George to help make a difference in my life. Even to this day (I’m 66 years old) and I still stay in touch with him.

What is the most important role you fulfill in your life right now? Why?

At this point in my life being an encourager (or a Barnabas). As I meet people each year my greatest role is encouraging people. I love it. I’m fulfilling my duties as a denominational worker but going out and providing encouragement to pastors, face to face, means as much to them, as it does to me.

If you could choose one place in the world to visit where would it be and why?

I think it would be Europe. My wife and I would love to see Great Britain, Spain, and Portugal. I didn’t get to enjoy those places back in the 80s when I last ventured that way in the world.

When you think through all the names of Christ, what name resonates with you right now, and why?

Chief Cornerstone. He is like the cornerstone of a building. Knowing that takes the weight off your shoulders. He cements everyone who is part of the church. Jews, gentiles, men, women, He brings everyone together. Whatever group you are part of, you are part of the Lord’s church in a wonderful way. Amen.