Darren and Dana Portell

(McKenna, McGwire, McCayde and McLayne)

Darren serves as a PE Teacher and Athletic Director at Morrison Academy in Taipei, Taiwan alongside his wife, Dana and their three youngest children, McGwire, McCayde and McLayne. Their oldest daughter, McKenna, is a student at Trevecca University in Nashville. Morrison Academy has been serving the international community in Taiwan since 1961 by providing a Christian education to children of missionaries and international families. One of the leading causes for missionaries to leave their field of service is the lack of good educational options for their children. On an island where less than 2% of the population is evangelical, Morrison Academy enables longevity for missionary families, and this directly impacts their mission’s efficiency in sharing the gospel. In addition, the school is openly evangelical, with more than 70% of the school being international students from belief systems other than evangelical Christians. The Portell’s personal ministry focus is to build relationships with the families of students to share the love of Christ.

SERVING WITH Morrison Academy IN Taiwan


  • Please pray for the students from Morrison Academy in Taipei. Darren teaches 1st-10th grade Physical Education, so he is in contact with 90% of the students. Many of our younger students are non-believers.
  • Please pray for Darren and Dana as they seek to build intentional relationships to share their faith.
  • Pray specifically for Darren as he mentors an MK this year
  • Please pray for their two oldest children, McKenna and McGwire as they both are living away from home this year. McKenna is attending Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN and McGwire is in boarding school at the Morrison campus in central Taiwan.

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