A ministry update from ABMen USA President Bill Morningstar...
These remain challenging times for many as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed lives forever. I continue to pray that all who read this message are feeling the love and security of our Savior, Jesus Christ. And as I stated in my last message to you, He promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us…and He hasn’t. We can
all be assured that we are firmly in the grasp of God’s eternal love; that He has everything under control; and that all will unfold according to His will and His plan for our lives and for the good of His Kingdom. The pandemic, while tragic, does not mean that ABMen have been idle. ABMen continue to minister to those in need regionally within their immediate geographical area, as well as nationally.
What is happening now....
What has been is happening....
- As many of you know, Hurricane Laura has devastated the Lake Charles, Louisiana area and other surrounding communities.The ABMen National Disaster Relief Coordinator, Jack Cobb, issued a national call for chainsaw teams, as well as mud-out and/or mold remediation crews to deploy to this area.The first team of men deployed from Illinois and Kansas in September.Most recently, additional damage was caused with the landfall of Hurricane Delta, creating an even greater need for assistance in this area.Please be assured that disciplined practices of COVID-19 social distancing and face covering guidelines are being followed at work, lodging and dining areas.If you are able to help and desire additional information, please contact Jack Cobb by email at [email protected], or by telephone at (304) 206-8462.
- In March, shortly following the COVID-19 outbreak, ABMen leadership received a request to deploy a shower trailer to support a ministry working to serve their homeless community needs in Wheeling, West Virginia. The shower trailer was deployed and provides shower and laundry services to 100-150 homeless in the downtown area. Approximately 50 individuals per day are utilizing this trailer: roughly 20 taking showers and washing/drying 100 loads of laundry a month, 2,500 showers and 2,500 loads of laundry. That trailer is expected to remain in service to the Wheeling homeless community indefinitely.
- ABMen and other individuals from the First Baptist Church in Billings, Montana have been diligently completing painting of the church and parsonage at Crow Community Baptist Church. This is part of the ABMen Work Project originally to have begun this past summer.
- ABMen leadership continues to meet virtually, not only in coordination of ABMen ministries, but with other ministries throughout the American Baptist family. Discussions center around ministry planning and how to conduct ministry in this new environment. What we have observed is that COVID-19 did not stop ministry, we are simply challenged to minister differently. Although some states have reopened their camps with limited gatherings having taken place, many others by example, many churches and regions are sponsoring virtual conferences and camps. Likewise, ABMen USA is currently in the planning stages to host a virtual ABMen Annual Conference to be held before the end of this year. Please be watching for the announcement of this event.
What will be happening....
This is a difficult question to answer, as none of us knows exactly how long we will be under gathering and other restrictions and protections as a result of COVID-19. That being said we are:
- Planning the annual virtual conference mentioned above.
- Looking forward to a Spring 2021 Green Lake Conference Center work party.
- Looking forward to work parties to complete Crow Community Baptist Church, Montana work project.
How you can connect....
There remain an unprecedented number of technological tools at our disposal to effectively stay connected, conduct worship services, men’s meetings, bible study, etc. Many of you are currently participating in these numerous social platforms to attend worship services, Bible studies, fellowship meetings, and to reach the unsaved.
I encourage each of you to continue to worship and gather together using these tools. Stay connected by your continued participation in services and meetings and ensuring that your men’s fellowship continues to serve your church needs.
What we all can do...
Please know our men’s ministry remains as a resource to you, even in these troubling times. This too will run its course and the unknown will become known. Until then may the love of Christ surround you and keep you. May you find a time each day to follow the encouraging words of Psalms 46:10 to “Be still, and know that I am God”.
- Remember...GOD is in control
- ABMen have always been known to be Prayer Warriors! Don’t let up now.
- PRAY for:
- For the unsaved who need Jesus in their lives
- The saved struggling for assurances
- All impacted by the COVID 19 virus
- Our churches, Pastors and ministry leaders
- Our families, neighbors and communities
- Health Care, First Responders and Business Essential workers
- Elected and community representatives
- The continued financial support of your home church