Mario and Irma Martinez
Serving in Africa Lusophone | Africa
Irma and Mario Martinez are pioneering missionaries with special assignment of the Church of the Nazarene in Equatorial Guinea since 2002. Both are ordained ministers of the church. They each graduated with a B.A. in Theology from the Nazarene Theological Seminary of South America in Argentina. Mario has a Master's Degree in Theology from the same seminary as well. They both served as pastors in the Central District of Argentina. Mario served as a professor of theology, President of Nazarene Youth International and Vice-Chancellor of Academics in the Nazarene Seminary of South America. He also served as District Superintendant in the Central District of Argentina.
Irma has served as President of Nazarene Missions International and Sunday School Ministries at the district level; she also served as a pastor/preacher at Women's Retreat, Treasurer of the Association of Church of the Nazarene in Argentina and Professor of Theology.
They received the call to the mission field and the General Church entrusted them with the opening of the Church of the Nazarene in Equatorial Guinea; the last Spanish-speaking country in which we did not have a presence. Currently, Mario serves as Superintendent of the District, Evangelist, church planter and Professor of Theology. Irma works concerning Administration of the Mission, School, Compassion Ministries and as a Professor of Theology.
They have a 15 year old daughter, her name is Jessica.
Going Where the Church is Not Yet
Today there are over 4.3 billion people who live in areas where there is little to no gospel witness. 4.3 billion people who have not heard the message of the gospel, who have never heard the name of Jesus. We believe that everyone deserves to hear. God continues to call the Church of the Nazarene to spread the message of the gospel, to preach holiness, and to bring good news to the poor all over the world. The task is enormous; far too big for anyone to do alone, but together we can go where the church is not yet and see people, communities, and nations transformed. Reaching these people begins with one step, a step of obedience and faithfulness that says yes to God’s call. Take your first step and start your journey toward serving in missions today.