Praises and Prayer Requests
Well, my dear friends, we are in the midst of the cold time of winter! I have had to diligently work to keep firewood cut in order to feed the wood stove in our dining hall. That really helps us to save money as far as our propane gas bill is concerned. It also helps in warming up the building where much renovating work in our kitchen is being done. Please remember to pray for the crew of God-sent men who are doing such a wonderful job in our kitchen and shower house. They truly are a blessing! We praise our Lord and Savior for each one of them.
As always, dear ones, please remember to pray for the Lord’s provision of staff members. We relish the return each year of the young men and women that have already been a part of the camp Del-Haven staff experience. Nevertheless – circumstances always bring about change, and “necessity requirements “force many of our wonderful workers to have to forego being available to help us during the summer. This is all a part of having to deal with this passing-away-world. We need to always be praying for the Lord to lead to us good quality staff that can effectually be used in ministering to the campers. Our God is, indeed, a prayer answering God! Please pray with us for our staff.
Of course, the whole ministry centers around the children. Satan has always targeted the most vulnerable among us! He has always been after our children. Jesus loves the little children. He even taught the disciples that except they be converted and become like a little child – they would in no wise enter into the Kingdom of heaven [Mt.18:3]! Let us continue to be persistent to pray for the boys and girls that our Lord chooses to send through our camp program. Satan is, indeed, relentless in threatening and battling against Del-Haven’s very existence. However, we praise our Lord God and His grace because He is ever faithful to sustain us so we can carry on! You all are a large part of the reality of that divine sustenance. We thank and praise God for all of you. We love and pray for you, too.
“Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us:for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.” [Is.26:12]
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Well, dear friends, we have officially prayed in another the new year, 2018! Praise the Lord! We have grand expectations for this year in regards to the Lord’s ministry here at Camp Del-Haven.
The renovation projects on our camper restrooms and shower facilities – plus our kitchen — are coming along, but not yet finished. Please be in prayer with us that the Lord will continue to lead those directly involved in finishing these tasks. Also, we are thankful to the Lord for the fact that God’s people from First Baptist Church of Oak Grove have raised $800 to put toward a replacement for our brush-hog. This would naturally be a good time of year to shop for one, even if it’s a good used one. Please pray with us that the Lord would lead us to just such a deal. When spring comes – we will really be needing one to handle the rough terrain of the campground. We have – in over 65 years of our existence – faced similar circumstances of need and the Lord has heard and answered our prayers in supplying. He has been ever faithful to supply all our needs (Phil.4:13).
We must never neglect to lift up in prayer our wonderful staff. These young men and women are on the front line in the battle for the souls of the boys and girls. Satan wants to get to the children as early in their lives that he can. The spiritual warfare around them is highly intensified. Pray that our staff is not compromised or corrupted in any way. While your at it – please remember the children themselves. We always have many repeaters. Pray that the seed of sound gospel truth has been sown in good soil (as far as their hearts are concerned). This is a sound gospel seed sowing ministry! Please pray with us that the Lord of the harvest will cause our labors to bring forth much fruit for His Kingdom and glory.
We hope and pray for all of you, dear ones, that this special time of year will be filled with a worshipful celebration of our most wonderful Savior and Lord. I hope you all receive this prayer letter better than what happened with our Thanksgiving letter. It was mailed in more than enough time to reach you all before Thanksgiving, but ended up just sitting in the Kansas City post office – completely ignored and unprocessed. I am so sorry that turned out the way that it did. Please pray with us that this doesn’t happen again. Nevertheless, we can rejoice that our sovereign God’s timing is, also, always perfect. It’s things like this that are just another reminder of where we are in this fallen world.
The work on our showerhouse and rest rooms is going to be delayed until the weather once again warms back up. That particular building is not heated. Still, things are going very well on the project. In the mean time, the men can put their concentration on the kitchen where we do have heat year round. Lord willing, we will be getting the rest of the cabinets for the kitchen before the end of this month. So we will have something to report on the work in regards to that project in our next newsletter. Please continue to pray that these much needed projects will reach their completion just the way that our Lord has purposed and willed. Thank you so much for being there – praying us through all these matters.
Don’t forget to remember all the children and staff that have been so much a part of the ministry here at Del-Haven. We need to nurture the good seed of the Word of God that has been sown in their hearts with our prayers. Remember – it is prayer that accomplishes what God intends to get done. Prayer paves the path of the Truth of God’s Word to perfect and perform the will of the Savior. Prayer is a wonderful way to demonstrate our love for God – and for each other. We sincerely love you all and thank our Lord for you and seek from Him to continue to provide, protect and guide you. May God richly bless you.
Well, dear ones, it is once again Thanksgiving time! And, all of us here at Del-Haven pray that you have blessed experience in your celebration with your friends and family. This truly is a favorite time of year. Let us thank our Lord abundantly for it.
The work in progress on the shower house and restrooms is going just great! We thank and praise our wonderful Savior for the skillful labors of the men from First Baptist Church of Oak Grove. They are doing a splendid job! God is so good!
It is still unfolding what the Lord is doing where the much needed renovation of our kitchen is concerned. It is literally awesome to see what is coming together in regards to the provision of that project. Please remember to pray with us for the Lord’s continual testimony of His leading and supplying.
Please remember in your prayers all the children unto whom Camp Del-Haven – by the grace of God – has ministered. Thanksgiving season can be a time of added adversity in a broken home. Pray that the Holy Spirit of grace and truth be unto them all – a Spirit of comfort and joy in Him. Also remember those that are a part of our staff. Satan is especially the enemy of anyone who is called to labor for the Lord. They need our continual prayerful intercession before the throne of grace.
We continually give unto the Lord God all the glory and praise and thankfulness — for all of your faithfulness to prayerfully support this ministry the way that you do! We love you and we pray for you. Thank you for being there.
Once again, as we are beginning to get the camp grounds ready for our summer sessions, we have special needs that continue to present themselves as items that we are not able to cover with our small monthly budget. We are so thankful to the Lord that he continues to sustain the ministry of Del-Haven in such a way as we can operate without charging a single child to attend a camp session. We have included some of the special items that we know will be needed to be covered again this summer. 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. After 65 years, many of our buildings are showing their age and are in great need of maintenance. You will notice, that the Lord has already began providing for the needed repairs in the kitchen area and the shower house.
- 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
- Many of our buildings (6 cabins, Dining Hall) need a new coat of paint = $900.00. $201 has already been given for this project.
- Kitchen Cabinets = The current estimate we have is $6,700. $4,129.92 has already been given for this project.
- Shower House updates and repairs = currently have $3,800 toward this project. The estimate, though not finalized, will probably be about $1,200 more.