Praises and Prayer Requests for January

Praises and Prayer Requests for January

Dear ones, it is with bitter/sweet emotions that I report to you of the passing into glory of another of the Del-Haven family. Dr. Steve Mason went to be with the Lord on December 28, 2018. He was a loved and dear friend of mine (and of our whole family). Steve and his wife, Sherry, served on our Board of Directors — as well as always being faithful supporters of the ministry. Steve was first of all – a Christian – who happened to also be an excellent chiropractor – one of the best! We have many blessed memories of our dear brother in Christ.  Please, dear family-in-Christ, remember especially — to pray for Sherry in this season of sadness and worldly adjustment — that only the comfort of the Holy Spirit can lead her gently and safely through. Thank you in advance for doing so.

As always, may we remind you to be in prayer for our staff helpers? Please pray for those we know are returning – and for those that we need for the Lord to lead unto us (especially male helpers). The number of our staff help directly determines the number of campers we can accommodate. These are the ones on the front line in the spiritual battle where the souls of the children are concerned. This is an ongoing need.

Special thanks to those of you who have specifically responded to the mattress cover expense. For this – we say – Praise the Lord!

Jeff and I discovered a couple of trees that we needed to trim and take down. The degree of difficulty in accomplishing this task was more than we could handle. So we prayed for the Lord to help us. A few days later I got a knock on the door and it was a young man who told me he was with a new tree service – and he was going from house to house seeing if there were any trees that people needed help with. I asked him if he could follow me and led him to the trees that were a threat to Jeff’s home. We had just received a gift that was the exact amount for what they announced would take care of our tree problem. Again, Praise the Lord! He always is eternally faithful and true!

If you, or someone you know, is interested in serving the Lord with us this summer, please have them call Sheri at 816-690-8465 or email for more information.

2019 Summer Camp Schedule

Session Dates
1 6-8 Boys and Girls June 17-20
2  9-12 Girls June 24-27
3 9-12 Boys July 8-11
4 6-8 Boys and Girls July 15-18
5 9-12 Girls July 22-25
6 9-12 Boys July 29-Aug.1


2018 giving receipts will be mailed out before the end of January 2019.  If you notice any errors or you do not receive one, please    contact us.


Praises and Prayer Requests for December

Praises and Prayer Requests

Well, dear ones, it’s hard to believe we have come to the end of 2018!  We have had a couple of light snowfalls already – and it is not yet officially Winter. But, the Lord truly is gracious – the crisp and cold air smells so clean and good.

As we look forward to the approaching of 2019 – we continue to earnestly pray for the Lord to provide a fresh new influx of good male helpers! We also do not want to forget our good female helpers that we still have on board. They need constant prayer as well. Your faithful prayers are so important to us…and, to our staff…and to all the boys and girls that we have ministered to — and that we will be ministering to! Thank you so much for being there for us as you are.

Guess what! We have had given unto us some beautiful granite countertops. However, they have not yet been installed. This is because it takes some special skilled labor to accomplish this job. The countertops have been simply sitting in a corner of our Dining Hall – waiting for the Lord to send to us the ones that can work with them and get them installed for us. Finally, the Lord has sent us someone who can fulfill this task. Whether or not this will get done (like anything else) will be up to the Lord’s moving. Please remember to pray with us in this regard. It will make for a very nice finish where the renovation of our Kitchen is concerned. We will keep you updated.

One other thing – we already know that we will be needing some new plastic mattress covers for many of our beds. What we need is 40 new covers. They cost about $7.00 each. We are praying for the Lord’s leading and provision where this particular need is concerned.

Your faithful support in prayers and gifts is greatly appreciated. The cold weather causes a lot more need for propane gas. We try to keep the wood stove going as much as we can to help cut down on the gas furnace. The Lord knows our needs even before we ask…yet He commands of us to cast all our care upon Him because He cares for us. Praise the Savior!

We hope and pray that you all have a very blessed and joy filled Christmas time of year!


Praises and Prayer Requests for November

Praises and Prayer Requests

Well, dear friends, our God continues to faithfully bear testimony unto us that He hears and answers our prayers. Some of the men from First Baptist Church of Oak Grove — whom the Lord sent to us to do the bulk of the excellent work on the renovation of our Restroom facilities and our Kitchen – came out and did some more work to dress up what they had started. So, God’s faithfulness is demonstrated through their doing what they said they were going to do! This is true integrity! Praise His Name! And, He displays this through His people. Marvelous! We love the way our Lord God does that! Thank you, Lord, for these dear friends and family in Christ. Please remember to pray for – and thank our Lord for – these faithful servants of His.

We are slated to get new skirting around the trailer home that Sheri DeShepper presently lives in. It has needed this work done on it for many years. Please pray for this much needed task to get accomplished without any problems. Thank you.

And, dear ones, since this is primarily a prayer reminder newsletter – once again, please remember to lift up before our covenant God — the young people who help us (and who will help us) on our staff. This is when we need to be seeking the Lord’s provision for 2019. We always need to fill some empty slots in our male and female helpers. We do love and appreciate all of you who so willingly and faithfully support this ministry in and with your continual prayers. We also are continually praying (and thanking God) for you.

In addition, of course, when you are praying for us – please do not forget to pray for all the boys and girls whom the Lord has sent (and will send) to us to minister the gospel of God’s grace. They desperately need our unceasing prayer support! As the Spirit of God so moves – please help us in this way. This is what it’s all about! We love you and thank you again.




Praises and Prayer Requests for October

Praises and Prayer Requests

Well, dear friends and family in Christ, it truly is a beautiful Autumn time and season at Camp Del-Haven. The colors of the leaves are becoming magnificent! It is a wonderful testimony of the glory of our Lord. His handiwork is indeed marvelous to behold.

Another wonderful and marvelous testimony of our Lord’s presence and answer to prayer is how it has been going for Jeff Hall and family in their moving on to the Camp Del-Haven grounds.

While they still have quite a bit of work that absolutely needs to get done, they are officially moved into their new double wide mobile home. Praise the Lord! Please continue to pray for the leading of the Lord in meeting their needs and in giving them wisdom – as only He can do.

In your praying for Del-Haven – Please remember to lift up in prayer our staff regulars who are facing the every day spiritual onslaughts of an alluring and compromising world, as well as all the snares of the Wicked One. These young men and women need the preserving grace of our Savior God to keep them and establish them in His righteousness. In short, they need all our prayers to support them in their walk through this fallen world. Please don’t forget that we need 5 good male helpers for next summer. And, when you pray – Please do not forget to pray for all the campers that God has delivered to Del-Haven to hear the pure truth of the gospel of His grace! We sometimes have a camper only once – and then we never see them again. Many times, however, we have camper boys and girls that start coming to camp when they are six years old and we see them every year until their twelfth birthday. It is from this group that we often have – by God’s grace – harvested good staff help. They are well acquainted with the Del-Haven program for evangelization and spiritual growth. But, in every case – Prayer for their true Christian walk through this world is an absolute must! This is where your support is so very important! Please continue to keep us lifted up before Christ’s ruling throne of grace and glory as often as the Holy Spirit moves you. We love you and thank you for doing so. You are so very important to us!


Praises and Prayer Requests for September

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 for August

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 Groveplus 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!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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