The Sanchez family have served with Mission Aviation Fellowship since 2000 when the family moved to the Amazon in Venezuela to serve in the aviation ministry. In 2007 they transitioned to Costa Rica to start the MAF-Learning Technologies ministry for Latin America using Education and Technology tools. In October 2017 they transitioned to Orlando, Florida to develop the MAF program that became the MAF affiliate EduTech Mission.
EduTech Mission Inc. now has its own 501c3 tax exempt status. Throughout the world, pastors and ministry leaders struggle to accomplish their mission because they lack the training, resources, and relationships they need to thrive. Mauricio and Rosalia are helping ministry leaders around the world accomplish their mission through leadership development, technology, and support. Consulting sessions, workshops, conferences, distance education, digital libraries, computer-based learning centers, oral strategies, and other ways of training and facilitation are some of the tools they use to nurture Gospel transformation and church growth.
Mauricio was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. At the age of twenty-one, he moved to Caracas, Venezuela. Mauricio came to know the Lord at the age of eighteen. He was invited to a Christian youth camp by his brother and sister and while the preacher was teaching the Bible, God touched his heart. Mauricio invited Him to be his Lord and Savior. He became aware of missions while serving with the JESUS Film Project in Venezuela.
Mauricio completed his Commercial Pilot studies at Aeropotoco Aeronautical Academy in Charallave, Venezuela, earning both his Private/Instrument pilot’s license for Venezuela as well as his F.A.A. Commercial license. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and is now working on his MBA.
Mauricio completed his Bible training with Campus Crusade for Christ and later served as National Director of the JESUS Film Project in Venezuela. He spent three years as the founder and pastor of an Evangelical Free Church in Caracas and seven years serving with MAF in the Venezuelan jungle.
Joshua 1:9 is a special verse for Mauricio. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Mauricio takes great comfort in knowing that God has promised to always be with him.
Rosalia was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She came to know Christ while she was studying at Pedagogic University in Caracas. “One classmate invited me to watch the JESUS film. I made a decision for Christ that day.” Rosalia also became aware of missions while helping with the JESUS Film Project. She earned a Bachelor’s in Special Education and a master’s degree from Pedagogic University. She also finished a master’s degree in education technology at UNED University in Costa Rica. Mauricio and Rosalia met at a Christian youth camp in Caracas.
Philippians 4:13 reminds Rosalia that she depends on Him and not on herself in every situation. “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
Mauricio and Rosalia along with their children relocated to Orlando, Florida in 2017. Mauricio is leading Edutech Mission, which serves several countries around the globe. Between 2013 and 2018 this global team served more than 4,000 pastors in 36 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Rosalia is coordinating the Education group. Through their ministry a big number of Christian leaders, pastors, churches and organizations have access to tools that help advance the Kingdom.
God calls the men and women of MAF to serve Him in unique ways. He may also be calling you to a special role in the Sanchezes’ ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a ministry partner with them through prayer and financial support.
The U.S. offices of MAF serve as a hub for MAF services worldwide. A day in the life here includes specialized flight training, staff mobilization and counseling, purchasing and shipping of aircraft parts, finance and accounting, administration of an Internet gateway for worldwide email, fund raising, printing and mailing of various materials, and many, many more activities. Some staff serve around the country; training future pilots and mobilizing potential candidates to serve with MAF.
MAF missionaries raise support for a pooled fund out of which MAF covers salary, housing, benefits, and staff-related ministry expenses. MAF exercises discretion over the use of missionary support in the exercise of its mission and care of its staff.