Márcio and Amber Batista
Serving in Philippines and Micronesia Field on Global Deployment | Asia-Pacific
Greetings from the Philippines!
We are the Batista Family: Marcio, Amber, Joshua and Lucas.
Rev. Márcio Jesus Batista is a pastor, therapist and coach from Brazil. He was a co-founder of a successful geological company in Brazil when, in 2005, God asked him to leave his career to serve the Lord amongst the nations. His academic background includes two bachelor's (Geology and Theology) and two masters (Geosciences and Pastoral Counselling).
Amber Dawn Batista is medically trained and a marine biologist from Australia. A daughter of missionaries, she spent many years living in a creative access area in Asia and worked as part of an orphanage and children’s hospital. She sensed God’s calling over her life to become a doctor and serve Him through this profession in the nations, where the gospel is much higher than words and should be translated into practical love.
Márcio and Amber first met in Argentina in 2005, when they started their full-time missionary work together and were married in 2007, during their work in Scotland. They then moved to Malaysia, where they ministered for six years. Over the subsequent three years, they lived in Brazil. They are blessed with two bright and active children: Joshua, who was born in Malaysia (2016), and Lucas, who was born in Brazil (2018). It has been over fourteen years of fulfilling work, where they have organized and conducted various programs in missions, counseling, community work and leadership development.
God has now called them to be part of the transformative plan that He is writing in the Philippines. Márcio will minister in the areas of Training, Mentoring, and Leadership Development. Amber will be working primarily in the areas of Compassionate Ministries, Public/Community Health and Member Care. They will be also be committed to the ongoing equipping and empowering of the mission personnel for effective and sustainable life, ministry and work.
For the rest of their lives, their hearts are to empower families, leaders, and communities to walk in the purposes of God through healing their wounds and equipping them with tools to live meaningful lives.
Your partnership can help reach the people of the Philippines and see this nation transformed through the hope and love of Jesus.
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.