Posted on April 15, 2020 by Matt Postiff

Morrells April 2020 Update

We appreciate your ministry of prayer with us. Although we are all in our homes, God’s ministry of building His church continues. It has been said that the world will never be the same after the dust settles on this coronavirus, and that is probably true, but we can be comforted by the fact that God does not change! Our methods may shift to more use of social media, and that is not necessarily a bad thing, but our message does not change. God is still on the throne and He is still good!

“The silent killer” coronavirus has changed the face of our world and our ministries. We have watched as the epidemic has spread and taken over our daily lives. In Argentina we moved very quickly from limiting public gatherings to a nationwide quarantine in just a couple of weeks. Our church buildings are closed and yet the church continues to meet, worship and pray via social media. Please pray for our faithfulness to minister and for growth in the church.

We are reminded of another “silent killer” that invades the church and penetrates deep into the heart of man—our sin. It has been said that “idleness is the devil’s playground.” We pray especially for those who are on lockdown and can only go out for the essentials that we would use our time wisely for the building up of Christ’s church. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Eph. 6:12. Our ministry may have shifted to social media, but the most effective tool of our ministry has not changed. Prayer has always been and will always be God’s weapon of choice for His people. Please pray for believers and church attenders that they would not grow cold or be picked off by the wolves who would prey upon them but would use their time to grow.

This summer we had a missionary conference, family camp, two youth camps and a kid’s camp with a total of 458 people coming to camp. It is a blessing to see the growth of the ministry and to hear how God is working in the lives of the campers and staff. In talking with one pastor weeks after camp, he said there is something different this year in the teens from his church. The the effects of God working in the lives of the campers seems to have more of a lasting affect this year than others. Please pray for the campers and church leaders as they continue to disciple the youth in follow up after summer camp and that they would remain faithful to the decisions that they made!

We are presently hosting Luke Stevens, an intern, working with us for the year. Obviously; with no camps, retreats or even church services; this was not the type of ministry experience that he was looking for. Please pray for Luke especially during this time that God would give him wisdom for future ministry.

Thank you for loving us and joining us in the ministry here in Argentina!

Resting in Christ,
James and Donelle Morrell