Staying Connected with the Southern Cone

Do not be anxious…

There is no question in anyone’s mind that COVID-19 has greatly changed the way the world relates to one another.  The uncertainty of how long it will last, what the long term effects will be, and if life will ever be the same again once the dust settles race through everyone’s minds.

Most social distancing measures have not largely affected our off-season months on camp. Work continues on many projects: the new camp chapel, finishing touches on staff housing, grounds work, etc.  While the building materials last, we will keep working.  Were it not for two canceled retreats this month, we could almost say all is normal.

The church ministry, on the other hand, has been greatly hampered.  As many churches resort to live streaming their services, we have made do with texting a limited number of our church congregants. Many do not have access to reliable internet or even have the devices necessary for streaming.  We aren’t quarantined, but visiting is frowned upon. Even the few times one bumps into a church member in town, they keep their distance and quickly move on.  For those who are familiar with  South American culture, this is not normal!

Each Sunday our family sings through favorite hymns, studies and discusses the Word, and prays together.  We have encouraged the Church family to do the same, but have gotten little feedback.  We look forward to the day when we once again can meet together for real body fellowship and service to one another. In the meantime, we keep looking and thinking of ways to encourage and edify the body from a distance.  I think of the words of uncle George Black, former GMSA missionary now in glory, and I quote: “You can’t plant a church by remote control.”   Pray with us that God would continue his work in the lives of the believers in Lican Ray and Challupen churches.  May we be found faithful and obedient to serve His Church.

Throughout all the uncertainty and changes, Philippians 4:6 remains true and necessary “do not be anxious about anything.” We may counter with, “Well, Paul never lived through COVID-19!” To which his testimony quietly tells us how much greater his trials were than ours will ever be. Yet his reminder to not be anxious did not stem from a “head in the sand” mentality, but rather in the remainder of the verse directing our anxieties and cares to God’s throne of grace, not in a spirit of despair, but in one of thanksgiving!

Micah was heading to Idaho in May to work for the summer before starting Bible College at Appalachian Bible College in August. The airline canceled our May 6th flights. Our days are in the Lord’s hands and we trust Him to continue to lead us to make the right decisions.

Praise God with us for the work done on the new camp chapel.  We thank him for great weather to work, and the strength and wisdom He daily provides.

Praise God with us for his grace during a time of uncertainty.

Pray for us and our co-workers on camp as we continue to work together to plan out our camp year, activities and projects.

We are privileged to partner with you in ministry.  The Lord is faithful to call, enable, and sustain.  We thank you for your prayers and financial support.  We are humbled by your generous support to our family and ministry in Chile.  in Christ,

Danny and Liz
Micah, Matthias, Morgan, and Madeline

 

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

 

Summer Camps in Lican Ray Chile

Dan and Liz Thompson report from Lican Ray, Chile:

This summer, our facilities were full and our staff stretched in serving many campers, but God’s Word was preached and taught! Most of our weeks we had over 100 campers and with staff, the numbers were generally over 130! Many of the campers, both in youth camps and family camps, were new to the ministry. How wonderful to see new generations being ministered to by a new generation of camp staff as well!

 

Idaho Work Team

Please pray for a work team from Idaho which is currently on the ground in southern Chile, working at the new Bible institute property and the nearby camp. We are thankful for the sacrifice they have made for the long journey and the hours of labor they are investing to advance the work of the Lord.

The team is currently working at Camp Lican Ray. The task before them is to start framing the new chapel building. Here is the latest progress:

3/9/2020 Picture Update

3/17/2020 Picture Update

 

In Memory: Helen Prado

Born on August 14, 1922, in San Diego, California, Helen Aurora Aguilar Prado was the adopted only daughter of Rogelio and Virginia (Pardo) Aguilar. She graduated from high school in Los Angeles in 1939 and participated in World War II efforts by working as a riveter for Long Beach Crafts and serving in the U.S. Navy as a chaplain’s assistant and radio singer at Camp Pendleton (San Diego) until 1946.

Helen heard the Gospel at a VBS at the age of 5 and later trusted the Lord Jesus Christ in her teens, through the ministry of pastor/hymnwriter Albert Simpson Reitz. Following her naval career, she trained first at Biola and then at the Los Angeles Baptist Theological Seminary during the 1950’s, while also working in a hospital ministry.

Helen’s first missionary service was in Santiago, Chile, under ABWE, in the aftermath of the 1960 earthquake. There she met Juan Germán Prado (John), a Chilean Bible institute student at the time. They were married in 1963 and celebrated almost 45 years together.

After their marriage, the Prados worked and ministered in the Los Angeles area for several years. In 1972 they joined the Gospel Mission of South America. Their first mission field together was in Fray Bentos, Uruguay.

Later, due to health considerations, they moved to the field of Chile, where they spent the remainder of their missionary career in evangelism and church planting in Los Trapiales-Temuco, La Serena, Quillota, Dollinco, and Coquimbo.

John was promoted to Heaven in 2008. Helen continued on for a few years, with the object of fulfilling his dream of opening a church in the Elqui Valley. She retired at the age of 88 and spent her final years at Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park, Florida.

Following a brief illness, Helen Prado passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior on December 31, 2019. Now rejoicing forever and reunited with husband John, she is survived by countless spiritual children and grandchildren. “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25).

 

In Memory: Larry Woodward

Reverend Larry Allen Woodward, 81, Gardner, Kansas was promoted to glory, Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kansas. Graveside Service with Air Force Military Honors were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas.

Larry was born on August 23, 1938 in Russellville, Arkansas to Clarence S. and Florence (Reed) Woodward. He grew up in Russellville and graduated from high school in 1956.

After his graduation Larry joined the Air Force for four years. He married Lois E. Johnson on June 21, 1958 at Richard-Gebaur AFB in Grandview, Missouri. He attended Moody Bible Institute for three years and became an ordained minister.

Larry and Lois served as missionaries in Japan with The Overseas Christian Servicemen Center. Later, Larry attended Calvary Bible College to complete his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biblical Theology in 1970. While living in Florida, he earned a Masters Degree in Math Education at Nova University, which he used teaching math for 13 years in the St. Lucie county schools.

Upon retirement from teaching, he became the U.S. Director of the Gospel Mission of South America. Larry pastored several churches through the years in Kansas and Florida. When his health declined, he and Lois moved to Gardner, Kansas to be near family and became members of Ascend Church in Olathe, Kansas.

Larry loved his family and his country, but most of all, he loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whom he served for over 60 years. His favorite Bible verse was II Corinthians 5:15, “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”

Larry was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister. He is survived by his wife Lois; daughters Kimberly Ann Woodward and Karla B. January – February 2020 Founded in 1923 by William Strong Sr. Helen A. Prado (Danny) Scherdin; grandson Seth Scherdin, all of Gardner, Kansas; and brother Conrad Woodward, of Russellville, Arkansas.

Editor’s note: I fondly remember Larry who, along with Lois, offered such friendly hospitality on the few occasions I saw them at the mission headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. He is missed. May more young men be raised up who share his 2 Cor. 5:15 passion. –Matt Postiff

 

Pictures from Argentina Work Trip 2019

Above are a few pictures from the work done last year in the fall in Argentina. This year, the same trip will run form Wednesday Oct 14 to Thursday Oct 29. We would love to have you join us and bring three to four workers with you. We will send more information in the near future!

 

Ministry Prayer Request

Missionaries Tim and Cristina Goossen work in a church in Argentina which is holding a Vacation Bible School this week. Each night they have had meetings with the children in the community. They have asked for prayer for it:

  • For children to come and to be attentive to the teaching of the Word of God;
  • For the teachers to be filled with the Spirit and teach God’s Word with power;
  • For a humble spirit in all those who will be working together in this evangelistic outreach;
  • For children to be saved;
  • And that many of these children would begin attending Sunday Bible School.

Would you pray right now for the ministry, the children, the Goossens, and especially for God to open hearts of children and parents alike to the gospel of Jesus Christ? Let us intercede for their souls. Soli Deo Gloria.