Praises and Prayer Requests
Well, dear ones, we may finally be embarking on the pleasant, cooler days of Autumn. How refreshing that will be! Soon the campground will become aglow with all of God’s beautiful Fall colors of the forest leaves. It will be but another wonderful testimony of His matchless glory.
Just recently we received word of another loved one of the Camp Del-Haven family being called home to be with the Lord. It was Archie Murdock. He and his wife, Dorothy, served on our board of directors for many years. The two of them have been loyal allies and supporters of this ministry. They have never forgotten us – and we will never forget them. Please remember Dorothy in your prayers at this time. Pray for the comfort and peace and strength that only God can give unto her. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”
The move of Jeff Hall and his family onto the campground is making good progress. Please continue to support them with your prayers and however else the Lord may lead you. If any of you have any questions – just call: (816) 277-7071.
As always, please remember to pray for us – that our God would provide just the right male and female staff members. We especially need male help on our staff. The number of campers that we can handle depends directly to the number of good staff we have for any camp session. The effective ratio is typically one staff person per four campers. The Lord God knows what we need in order to do His work – and Camp Del-Haven is definitely His work!
Also, dear family in Christ, please do not forget to lift up all the children that the Lord has sent to us as campers. They need our continual, faithful prayers that the Spirit of Christ will truly establish a true relationship with them – in their daily lives. Their neighborhoods; their homes; their schools – are fraught with the traps and snares of the Evil One and this world. There’s only one way that any of us can safely make it through this world – and that is by the leading and protection of the Holy Spirit of God! We pray for you-all – for your continual love and support – that our Lord will bless you and keep you – and that you will remember to pray for the boys and girls that God, through us, has planted the good seed of His glorious gospel. As it has before been stated: This ministry was founded on prayer – and has been sustained by prayer – and will only continue with prayer. We need your prayers! Thank you for being there. We love you all.
Praises and Prayer Requests
Well, dear friends and family in Christ, we have completed yet another very blessed summer camp season here at Del-Haven. Our last older girls camp was a remarkable testimony of our Lord’s presence. Around the last campfire, several of the girls stated that their favorite time at camp was learning about the Lord at the Bible study time. Each year we give all the campers brand new Bibles. In fact, it’s safe to say that the two most mentioned favorite things are the food and the Bible studies…or, the physical meals and the spiritual meals. They all declared that they wanted to come back! Please continue to faithfully lift all the children up in your prayers.
Please remember to seek the Lord with us concerning additional male help to be added on our staff for next year. It would be great to have five mature — dedicated to serve the Lord — young men on our staff for next summer. We need them for four camp sessions that would run from Monday through Thursday. Two for our camps for age 6 to 8 year old boys, and two for our camps for age 9 to 12 year old boys. Please pray with us concerning this matter. If you know of any young men – let’s say 14 years old, or older – that might like to do this – we would love to talk to them! Please give us a call: 816-690-8465, or 277-7071.
On Saturday, the 18th – we had a wonderful “thank-you-celebration” for the men and women of First Baptist Church of Oak Grove – plus others — whom the Lord chose to help us with the renovation of our kitchen and restrooms, et. al. We had a blessed time of fellowship over hot dogs, hamburgers and ribs along with Theresa’s famous baked beans (well, they’re famous as far as I’m concerned) and her wonderful potato salad. It is a taste of heaven to sit around a feast table with, and among, the family of God! Thank you, Lord, for granting to us such good times!
Praises and Prayer Requests – July
Well, dear friends, we continue to rejoice and give thanks unto our Lord for His continual answers to our prayers. We just wrapped up an older boys camp – that we didn’t even think would take place just a little over a week ago! You see we had come up shy of enough male staff to accommodate having any of the campers that we had on our list that wanted to come to camp! But, the Lord provided – and we were able to fill two cabins full of boys and have a fun and spiritually beneficial week after all. It was another wonderful time! They learned their verses. They sang the gospel songs (all the way back to the city). They were – by God’s grace – providentially delivered into the proclamation of the gospel! Praise the Name of the Lord! It is such a grand thing to witness the testimony of God’s presence and provision. Please continue to pray for us as we continue to press on for the glory of Christ!
Please do not forget to pray for the staff and children that are scheduled for the rest of this camp season. These hot blistering days can be tough to endure! Your prayers are a source of strength and comfort so we can get through it.
A double wide mobile home has been delivered to Del-Haven for the family of Jeff Hall. Please pray with us for Jeff – and the men that are busy working — to get his new home completely ready for him and his family to move in. This is yet another new chapter in the history of Del-Haven! A lot has been done – and is getting done — but there is still a whole lot that needs to be done. Nothing is too hard – or, too wonderful – for our great Savior. Jeff definitely needs your prayers – and whatever help you can give him. He will be a wonderful asset to have on the camp premises!
Praises and Prayer Requests
Oh, dear friends, June 2018 has been – maybe – the busiest June ever in our over six decade history! It seems to be true that if God’s timing (along with His work and His way) is perfect – and it is – then why wouldn’t it come done to the last second. And, we must confess – that just drives our fallen natures absolutely crazy! Nevertheless, we thank Him and we praise Him for His faithfulness to bear unto us testimony after testimony of both His presence and His power. In a very real way, His faithfulness to us is definitely being demonstrated in all of your prayers and gifts. We constantly thank and praise Him for all of you.
Our new kitchen is just beautiful! The shower house and rest rooms look wonderful as well. Wow! We really don’t have words to adequately express how grateful we are to the Lord for everyone that has had an active role in everything that has been done for Del-Haven thus far this year. May God richly bless you all! And, special recognition definitely goes to all the men of the First Baptist Church of Oak Grove for all that they have done! And what a joy it has been to be around them when they were working. Please earnestly pray with us for the Lord’s richest blessings upon them and their families!
Our first camp went just great! The work of the Lord was noticeably present during the course of the week. We are, at this moment, getting geared up for our first older girls camp week. Please remember to season our staff and their efforts for the Lord with your prayers as well. We always stand by the grace of faith upon the truth of Jn.15:7!
One final matter needs our earnest urgent prayer! We need some mature, level headed young men (16yr. old, or older) that are willing to serve on our staff for our two 9 to 12 year old boys camps. That would be for the dates of July 9 through 12 – and July 30 through August 2. They just need to patiently supervise at least four to five campers through our camp program. Otherwise we will have to turn away some little boys from being able to come to camp – and we don’t want to do that! Please pray with us regarding this urgent matter.
Praises and Prayer Requests
Well, dear friends, we are coming right up to the beginning of the 2018 Del-Haven Camp season!
The Kitchen and Shower house/restrooms project still need some finishing touches to be totally ready. Please be in earnest prayer with us that these very much needed tasks are completed.
With all the attention having to be given to getting our wiring updated and our Kitchen and Shower house/restrooms finished – we have at the same time a crisis situation where our staff is concerned. Many of our young people have reached the time when they need to seek gainful employment for themselves. This sort of thing happens. Therefore, we need your prayers that the Lord will provide ample replacements of young men and women who have a real desire to serve the Lord with us in proclaiming the gospel to the children that He sends to us. Everything about this ministry is supplied through faithful fervent prayer! Phil.4:6-7 encourages us in that it says: “Be careful for nothing – but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving – let your requests be made known unto God. (7) And the peace of God – which passeth all understanding – shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” What a wonderful promise! Thank you, Lord for giving that unto us!
In all your praying for us, we would be remiss not to seek your prayers for the children themselves. Pray that the Holy Spirit go before us in preparing and paving the way for their hearts to receive the Word of the truth of the gospel.
The apostle Paul, who never went to Colossae, wrote to them – seeking from them in Col.4:2-4 – that they “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; (3) withal [or, lit., at the same time] praying also for us that God would open unto us a door of utterance to speak the mystery of Christ…as I [or, we] ought to speak.” This is what it’s all about! May God our Savior grant us this earnest petition. The eternal salvation of souls is — wholly, wholly, wholly of the Lord!
Praises and Prayer Requests
Well dear ones, we are now only a couple of months away from the launch of our 66th annual camp season. We are committed and dedicated to serving the Lord in ministering the gospel of the glory, only, of the Lord Jesus Christ unto 6 to 12 year old children. This has been, and still is, the primary purpose of the existence of Camp Del-Haven. God has sustained us all these years. We truly do need your continual prayers for the spiritual fruitfulness of our faithful endeavors. God has ordained it for prayer to be a means of His accomplishing what He wills.
That being said, we humbly ask for you to please seek the Lord with us in His provision for willing men and women to help us to minister directly to the boys and girls that the Lord will send to us this year. Thank you all for your past faithfulness to provide. We love you and your persistent prayerful support. We praise our God for each and every one of you!
Pray also that the Lord will continue to lead in the completion of the renovation of our kitchen and shower house facilities. It is looking very good! Prayers of joy and thankfulness fill our hearts and our voices over what we see has happened – and is happening. How we long to see the completed outcome!
We still need to put everything back together. We still need someone who is an experienced spray painter to help us with the kitchen cabinets. We have got them sanded – please pray for someone to help us get them primed and painted. If you can be of service in this way, please do not hesitate to call us at: 816-690-8465 or 816-277-7071.
Thank you all for the way in which you have responded to our ongoing needs. We can’t tell you how that encourages us. We see it as a manifestation of God’s faithful leading and providing!
We have listed a few expense items that make our summer months a little more financially straining. You may notice that the list is half the size as last year due to the fact that we were able to paint the dining hall and begin the projects in the shower house and the kitchen. We are so thankful to the Lord and to those of you who have prayed with us and even given toward meeting the extra needs we had last year.
Van Rental to transport campers from Kansas City ($200/week x 6) = $1,200
Chemicals for the swimming pool ($200-300/week x 10) = $2000-$3,000
Recreation/Craft/Program Supplies = $400