International Ministries

Missionary couple helps recruit more missionaries to serve

August 21, 2008 News

MoralesmarMissionaries Iris and Mario Morales, who have served in Bolivia for the past seven years, now will also work with American Baptist International Ministries in the recruitment of new missionaries. Starting Sept. 1, Iris and Mario will serve on part-time special assignment as recruitment associates while continuing their mission work related to Bolivia.

“We believe God is calling us to expand our efforts in global mission with the appointment of new missionaries,” said Reid Trulson, executive director of International Ministries. “The ministry that Iris and Mario enter as recruitment associates will greatly expand our capacity to help missionary candidates discern God’s call upon their lives.” International Ministries currently serves missionaries and partners in 76 countries.

Iris and Mario currently reside in Arizona for medical reasons and will base their recruitment efforts from this U.S. location.  They also continue to work with the Bolivian Baptist Union and the House of Hope and make periodic visits to Bolivia.  The House of Hope is a multi-faceted ministry in Cochabamba serving needs of women, children, pastors and families. Cochabama is a major city in the central Western area of Bolivia, which also is in the central Western part of the continent of South America.

“Our partners deeply respect education and would embrace additional missionaries serving as resources for theological education and various forms of training and leader development,” commented Iris and Mario. “The needs in Bolivia can also be found in many other parts of the world. We are eager as recruitment associates to help potential missionary candidates to discern their call to missionary vocations and to match their skills with the needs identified by our partners throughout Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.”

Individuals wishing to explore the possibility of long-term international missionary service are invited to contact Iris and Mario Morales by e-mail or by calling the International Ministries at 1-800-222-3872 ext. 2304. Learn more about mission opportunities with International Ministries at

American Baptist International Ministries, organized in 1814, is the oldest Baptist mission agency formed in North America.  We serve more than 2,500 short-term and long-term missionaries annually, bringing U.S. and Puerto Rico churches together with partners in 76 countries in cutting-edge ministries that tell the good news of Jesus Christ while meeting human needs.