Well, dear friends and family in Christ, here we are in the midst of the month of May, 2021 – and we are still under the prevailing regime of fear and governmental restraint. Please continue to pray with us – and for us – in regards to our desire and ability to minister the everlasting gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ — here at Camp Del-Haven. While we are still hopeful that our Lord will open the door for us to be able to hold some regular camp sessions – as we have done over the last six decades – it appears that what we will have to do – is start our season out by inviting whole families out for a day of regular weekly camp activities to be experienced by them – all in one day. This is what we did last year – and the Lord blessed us with His presence in our times with each one of the different families that positively responded to our invitations. Pray that this will once again be well received – and that the Lord will once again be glorified – in our ministering the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to whole families.
We have been greatly encouraged by how the Lord has manifested His sustaining of us through your continued prayerful support in every way. The last part of the month of April we had a record work day where three different groups of young men converged onto Del-Haven grounds and cleaned up the whole camp. It was monumental – to say the least! I know we had in excess of over 25 helpers that attacked some of the most difficult tasks of cleanup that we had – and — they did a super job! I have been praying for a long while that God would send us some young men to help us – not only with work that is taylor made for strong young males to accomplish – but also to potentially become interested in serving Him in the camps where needed! I had more than one conversation with the fellas that showed up to work about doing just that. Please remember to seek the Lord’s will in this regard when you pray for Del-Haven. Thank you in advance for doing so.
And, when you pray – please remember to pray for all the boys and girls that have already been sent by the Lord through our camp program. All the ones that looked forward to coming to camp last year, but were prevented from doing so because of the threat of the pandemic. This includes both camper and staff helper alike. Don’t forget – we are experiencing physical ramifications of a spiritual battle with an enemy that targets souls! Our Lord Jesus, Himself, said from Jn.6:38-39: “For I came down from heaven – not do mine own will – but the will of Him that sent me. (39) And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me – that of all which He hath given me – I should lose nothing – but should raise it up again at the last day!” This means – that Satan cannot Win! PTL!
“For we through the Spirit – wait for the hope of Righteousness by faith. [Gal.5:5]
Well, dear ones, we are now in the midst of March and we still do not know for certain if we will be allowed to – once again — accept campers for regular camp sessions. Please be in earnest prayer with us concerning this all important matter. There is nothing too hard for the Lord – regardless of the adverse circumstances! We already know that even if we cannot – again this year – do camp ministry like we have done for decades – we plan to once again have families come to Del-Haven for a full day of Camp Del-Haven activities – including Bible class – and minister to Mom and Dad and campers altogether. The Lord blessed our time last year when we did that. So, if need be — we are prepared to do the same this year. Again – please pray for our Lord’s wise leading where this is concerned.
And, as always – please remember to pray for the children that we have so much on our hearts — that have been campers (and that want to be campers) at Del-Haven. All the boys and girls that have come from all the different broken backgrounds that God has sent to us to hear the wonderful truth of the gospel of the glory, only, of the Lord Jesus Christ! We all have had a lot of other people that have been led of the Lord to pray for us – some whom we know – and a lot whom we do not really know. The prayers of the people of God are what God uses to graciously accomplish His will and good pleasure…and we all need just that!
Pray also for our staff as well. For over 60 years the sovereign Savior has always met our need of good help to fill the key positions of leadership in this camp ministry. Many of our staff were at one time in their lives also campers of ours. What a living miracle to see how the Lord God brings us campers only to enter into their lives and also turn them into our valued and faithful helpers. It is truly a marvelous thing to witness! Please pray for our staff – especially if the Lord sees fit to have us in full operation this year!
We do love you all and really appreciate you being so faithful in continuing to prayerfully support the Lord’s ministry here. This encourages our hearts and serves to strengthen and comfort us – as we wait on the Lord!
Dear ones, the Psalmist is inspired to write from Ps.116:17: “I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving – and will call upon the Name of the Lord!” And, we certainly do have much thanks that we need to give unto our Lord for His answers to our prayers!
The Lord has answered our prayers for brother, Pastor Larry Tennant of Pleasant Grove Bible Church! He is back at home and making real positive progress — having survived a severe stroke. He was able to attend church and even to walk (with his wife, Mary Ann, at his side) to the front of the church and read a Psalm! Praise the Lord! Let’s continue to lift them both up before our Lord for his full recovery!
Also, Samuel Waghmare – a 21yr. old college student – and missionary/pastor Prem Waghmare’s son – was shot seven times in an attempted car jacking incident. However, he has – by the grace of our Savior God (in answer to our prayers) not only survived the attempted murder, but is also back at home with his family! Please put him on your prayer list for his continued recovery as well. None of us are finished in this world – until God says so!
Please put our Sheri D. on your prayer list. She has recently been diagnosed with the Covid as well – and is currently having to go through the mandatory period of quarantine. We need to pray that she comes through this without incident.
Then there’s the report of the status with Jeff’s parents, Jerry and Marsha Hall, (who served faithfully on Del-Haven’s Board of Directors for many decades). Both were in the hospital at the same time having been diagnosed with the virus. Our Lord has seen fit for Jerry to have recovered enough to be back home – thanks to the Lord – whereas, our dear sister, Marsha, has gone on to be with the Lord. Please continue to lift Jerry up to Lord for His Holy Spirit’s wonderful comfort and strengthening at this time. May the peace of God – rule his heart and mind.
Ps.116:15 says: “Precious in the sight of the Lord – is the death of His saints.” The blood of Christ is described as being “Precious” – for by it we have been redeemed and cleansed from all of our sins [see 1Pe.1:19; 1Jn.1:7]; the gift of God’s grace of Faith to believe in the Lord Jesus is described as being “Precious” [see 2Pe.1:1]; and here in Ps.116 – when all of our times finally come to an end – God has declared and made all of our passings away from this sin and trouble filled world – to be “Precious in His sight”. Praise His Wonderful Name!
Of course, in all of your praying, please remember all the Del-Haven campers — and our faithful staff workers and helpers. And, please be praying that we can, once again, have regular camp this year. Dear friends and family in Christ – you all know – that we all need one another’s continual prayers for support as we follow our Savior through this rugged wilderness of a world. So, let us continue to persevere in our praying for one another! We love you all!
Dear ones, by God’s gracious sustenance and all governing rule over His ministry here at Del-Haven – we are embarking on our 69th year of service unto the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ! And, His sustenance and all governing rule has included all your prayers that have undergirded this work all along the journey that we have come — so far. We continually thank our Savior for all of you – each and every one! We love you – and we pray for you as well.
Please do not forget to keep in your prayers the children whom the Lord has graciously sent to go through the Del-Haven Camp program. Everyday that they are in camp – they continuously hear God’s Word of truth – in song and in general conversation. Pray that the pure and incorruptible Seed of the Word be blessed to bring forth “the fruit” of eternal life in Christ Jesus. And, please remember to pray for our staff of young adults that give of their time and effort to work out all the daily supervisory tasks of Del-Haven Camp life. They, too, need the encouragement and strength of the Holy Spirit to persevere through this fallen-in-sin world – for Christ!
Pray that we be able to once again be allowed to even have camp this year. If the wrong people get into the leadership of our nation – ungodliness in our whole society will run even more amuck than it already is. But, dear friends and family in Christ, whatever our Sovereign God has in store for this year – we here at Del-Haven will press on in whatever way we can do to minister the truth of the Gospel of the glory, only, of the Lord Jesus Christ – the only Sovereign Savior Substitute that there ever was – is – or, ever will be! All praise and glory unto His Wonderful Name! As the first two phrases of the Del-Haven theme song declares: “We will fight for the right at Del–Haven – Reaching Youth for the Truth is our goal”!
In your prayers – we also have some special requests. Please remember Pastor Larry Tennant of Pleasant Grove Bible Church who has recently suffered (but, praise God, has survived) a stroke. He – and his wife, Mary Ann — needs all our prayers in this trying circumstance. He, and the whole church, have been a faithful source of prayer and support for Del-Haven right from the beginning of the Lord’s ministry here – over 68 years! Lord willing – our prayers for Larry will be instrumental in the raising our brother back to complete recovery.
Also, we want to issue an urgent call to prayer for Jeff’s parents: Jerry and Marsha Hall. They are both in the hospital – having tested positive for the coronavirus. We dearly love them very much. Jerry and Marsha served faithfully on the board of directors of Camp Del-Haven for over three decades! Please lift them up in your prayers for their complete recovery as well. There’s no god, but our God – and He doeth all things well! Again, Praise His Name!
Regardless what this sinful world mistakenly makes of the meaning of this time of the year, it still remains a favorite of ours! Especially the Christmas carol/hymns that are most often heard and sung – many of which are very glorifying to the Lord. And, by the way, the above passages of holy scripture we will be reflecting upon through the New Year – as well as reminding you of them at this time. They speak well enough for themselves – so that you can get the clear and plain message just by reading them. And, in the context of them – as stated in their particular order – we want to say to all of you (our loved ones) –
!! MERRY CHRISTMAS !!
Once again, dear ones, please do not forget to lift up in your prayers our staff helpers and campers (even the ones that know about Del-Haven – but have not yet even been to camp). This time of year is not so joyous for many that see all around them – so many others – having a great time that they cannot. It is easy for them to become despondent and on the brink of despair. Pray that the Holy Spirit of the God of all comfort will – in His sovereignty – encourage and strengthen them – as only He can do. Lord willing this very restricted 2020 – will rebound into a very prosperous and abundant 2021! Let’s pray that the Lord will do just that – for the furtherance of His Kingdom and His Glory. Amen? Amen.
We still have many repair and renovation projects that need much attention. Please pray with us that these things will get accomplished according to God’s good pleasure, provision and will. We thank all of you who have been faithful to continue to prayerfully support us through this whole fiasco! Remember to pray for our country. We thank the Lord for you – and we pray for God’s blessing upon each of you – and we love you for being there, and being used by His leading on our behalf.
“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. (23) And this is His commandment, that we should believe on the Name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment. (24) And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us –by the Spirit – which He hath given us.” [1Jn.3:22-24]
God’s Word tells us: “In everything give thanks – for this is the will of God concerning you!” So, therefore, once again, for another year – 2020 – all of us here at Camp Del-Haven wish all of you, our loved ones, a great big – !!Happy Thanksgiving!!
We do give God much thanks for all of you – and we pray for His continual blessings upon each of you – whom He has chosen to prayerfully support us — as we endeavor to present the gospel of the glory – only – of our Lord Jesus Christ – unto 6 to 12 year old children. We thank Him for the Del-Haven camp platform that He has raised up and sustained and maintained now for 68 years! Praise His Great Name! May He continue to lead you all in praying for us like you have been so faithful to do. Prayer is how Del-Haven started – and prayer is how Del-Haven is still here! Thank you for your faithful Prayers!
Del-Haven’s very existence – being dependent so much on our prayers – is exactly why we need to be constantly lifting up all our loved and blessed children before our Lord and Savior! So, please continue to be faithful to remember in your prayers — all of them – and – as well, our whole staff (many of which the Lord has caused to have come right from our list of campers).
This evil and passing away world is no playground – it is definitely a hot and dangerous battleground! This is why we need to always be praying for our young people. They need the omnipresent protection of the ever overruling Lord Jesus Christ! It is He who is our Shield and Protector – and our Exceeding Great Reward! All praise, glory and thanksgiving belongs unto Him. He promises to be – personally and individually– right there with each one of His children. All our prayers for one another and for our boys and girls go toward the sure accomplishment of His holy and heaven-bound will for our lives. This is why Satan is so offended at our praying to the Lord against him. Holy Spirit led prayer is the best offense that we have in the full accomplishment of our Victory. A victory that both we and our children will have — only in Jesus.
We love you all and hope and pray that you have a most blessed time around the meal table with your loved ones this: “All — Thanksgiving Be Unto God Day!”