Well, dear ones, we are right at the cusp of officially kicking off the first camp of our 67th Camp Del-Haven season. What a wonderful testimony of the Lord’s presence and working. Plus – there is something both timely and significant that we want to share with you in this regard. In keeping with our Hos.6:3 devotional theme – we received at the end of May an email from a dear lady who attended our very first girls camp back in the early 60’s! Her testimony declares the glory of Christ our Savior. Her name is Evelyn. Here is her testimony — in her own words:
A very long time ago, shortly after the cave man, early 60’s, I was a young Catholic girl who begged my mother for permission to attend a week camp session at Camp Del Haven in Lone Jack, Missouri. The Salvation Army was recruiting girls and paying for our week stay. Camp Del Haven is a non-denominational Christian camp. Rev Don Carpenter and Mary Lee Carpenter, along with their sons and daughter ran the camp. It was the first year they ran a program for girls. The camp had previously been predominately working with troubled boys from various organizations in Kansas City.
My friends and I were anxious to begin a week away from the eagle eyed parents. It was a glorious week, swimming, crafts, and campfires, except for all the praying you had to do. You had to pray when you got up in the morning, pray before eating, after eating, evening services, before going to bed. I went ahead and said a prayer before going to the bathroom, just in case. I won awards for my crafts and for memorizing bible verses.
Friday came all too soon with Hamburgers on the menu. Being a good Catholic girl, there was no way that me or my friends were going to eat meat on Friday. I informed Steve Carpenter, the oldest Carpenter son, that we were Catholic and could not eat meat on Friday. He took me (only me) into the office and asked me where in the bible did the Lord say we couldn’t eat meat on Friday. With my great intelligence, I informed him that was not a Catholic bible. He told me to wait while he left the room only to return with a Catholic bible. Once again he asked me to demonstrate where he could find that information. My great intelligence abandoned me and having to save face somehow, I blamed it on the Church and their teachings or lack of. I informed him we never studied the bible and only memorized Catechism questions and answers. Steve took a lot of time to explain how the Lord works, but I blocked most of it out and kept true to my upbringing. I did not eat the hamburger, but all my friends did. I never accepted the Lord that summer.
Back at home, life continued as before until one night when for some reason I seemed to be in a great deal of trouble, but hadn’t been caught just yet. The night was sweltering and the fan blew hot air, while the sweat ran down my face. The bed sheets seemed to stick to my skin while my mind would not give in to the darkness and allow me to sleep. Over and over, I replayed my actions and what recourse I might have when confronted by my mother. In that moment, the words of Steve Carpenter all came back to me. All the teachings of that week flooded my mind. I heard the “Knock on the door” verse, the promise of the Lord to always be there for me and that Holy Spirit who lives within you. In that moment, I asked the Lord to help me. I said I was sorry for not listening to Him before and I really needed that Holy Spirit to be my friend always. Lightening didn’t strike me, but I was filled with a warm, fuzzy feeling before drifting off to sleep. I told the truth to my mother when asked, and the world didn’t end that day, but had just begun a very long journey for me and the Holy Spirit.
Many times, I found myself in situations where the Lord has saved me. Whenever I drifted too far from His side, he sent people into my life to reinforce that warm sensation the Holy Spirit provides.
I think all of us can be that messenger to another who is struggling, providing just what the Lord orders.
Well my dear friends, it’s hard to believe that our 67th season of Del-Haven camps will be kicking off next month. Wow! Praise the Lord for His great faithfulness! And, He has appointed and ordained that all of you who are moved by His Spirit-of-grace to remember Del-Haven in your prayers have been a big, big part of this reality! We thank you – and we thank the Lord for you.
In keeping with that thought, we need your prayers once again for the Lord to provide both male and female staff help for this year so we may be able to accommodate all the children that want to come to camp. Remember we do not want more than a 1 to 4 or 5 ratio at the max between staff members and campers. So, if we have 30 children that want to come to camp – we need at least 6 staff members. This would fill up 3 of our 4 cabins. Please keep this in your praying with us (and for us) concerning these things. Remember – God’s Word tells us: “Except the Lord build the house – they labor in vain that build it!” [Ps.127:1]
Dear friends, please remember Jeff and Leslie Hall in your prayers. They have been completely moved into their home – but there is still some problem that they are having with their furnace and air conditioning unit. This needs to be fixed for the environmental conditions of their home. Although we are now out of the real cold temperatures, the extremely warm weather can be very uncomfortable as well. This is a real concern for them in regards to the continual care of their precious – yet severely handicapped — son, Nathaniel. Please pray with us for the leading of the Lord in the fixing of this special problem for them. Thank you – in advance – for doing so.
The Spring storms have been active this year. Just recently we experienced strong winds which knocked down a tree , brought limbs down all over the campground and some which were hung up in the tops of the trees. The panels under the trailers were also blown out. Praise God, He delivered us from any real damage! All the panels on the trailers we easily put back into place. The tree that fell behind the cabin laid down in the woods right behind it. And, the Lord sent a good friend, Jeff B. to bring equipment to help trim the trees that were damaged so the area will be safe when the children arrive in a couple of weeks.
A couple of people have asked about extra expense items we have in the summer months that you can especially donate towards as the Lord may lead you. We have listed a few expense items, other than higher utilities, groceries, and insurance in the summer. We are so thankful to the Lord and to those of you who have prayed with us and even given toward meeting the needs we had last year.
- Van Rental to transport campers from Kansas City ($200/week x 6) = $1,200
- Chemicals for the swimming pool ($100-100/week x 10) = $1000-$2,000
- Recreation/Craft/Program Supplies = $400
- Shower Curtains ($9 X 17) = $153
Thanks to Andrew and a group of students he works with from his church. He challenged them to “live their faith” and take time to serve. They stayed through the entire work day and raked leaves and cleaned gutters on the cabins. The day ended with a basketball challenge where the losers had to sweep the dining hall floor before they left. They worked hard throughout the day! We enjoyed working alongside this group of young believers and fellowshipping with them. May the Lord use the time they spent at Del-Haven to minister to them and to encourage them.
Praise the Lord!, dear friends, Spring is Here! The birds are singing – and what a wonderful thing it is to hear them when the dawn of a new day is breaking! Praise the Name of the Lord!
This time of year is always a busy, busy time. There is much that needs to be done just to be ready. The campgrounds need to be cleaned up. Dead trees need to be cleared. Repairs need to be done on the cabins, the craft building and the dormitory – all before the first campers arrive. Every camp season it is the same old routine…and, this will mark our 67th season! As always, please pray for us that all the proper preparation gets done.
More than that, however, we need your continual prayers for the Spirit of the Lord to be preparing the hearts and minds of all the youngsters that He will send to Del-Haven to hear the pure saving truth of the gospel of the glory, only, of our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ!
This naturally means also praying for each of us that will be announcing the “Good News” unto them. We covet your continual prayers for the Lord to send us well-prepared staff members (both male and female) to serve on the front line for the Lord during each of our camp sessions. The ministry of Del-Haven is as much focused upon them as it is to the children. To God be the glory!
Our first work day (April 6th) will have already happened by the time this prayer/newsletter reaches you. Every Saturday beginning with the month of April is an open invitation to any and all whom the Spirit of God motivates to want to help us get things accomplished and ready for the summer. If you as an individual or with a group want to give a few hours of your time to help us – give us a call [816-690-8465] and come on out. We welcome the fellowship and the help!
Our Saturday work days will start the first Saturday in April. If you, or a group from your church or organization, would like to help with one of the many projects around camp, just give us a call. There are projects for all different skill levels and there are projects that don’t require any skill at all. Thank you.
Well, dear friends and family in Christ – by the time you receive this month’s prayer/newsletter we will be much closer to Springtime (if not already in it). That is always a wonderful thing! Winter, it seems, is always pretty much a time of year that we are glad is over. Thank you, Lord.
We’re just a month away from beginning, once again, with our April Saturday work days in order to prepare for another season of camps. There is always much – physically speaking — that needs cleaning, fixing and straightening up before we start bringing the boys and girls onto the campground. Our Lord and Savior tells us to cast all our cares upon Him – because He cares for us – so please include all the maintenance tasks that need to be completed in your praying for us. Thank you.
Some potentially really good news is that a couple of churches have called and requested us to schedule a visit with them to speak to their young people’s classes about maybe helping us on staff for this summer. This open door to do that is, indeed, an answer to all our prayers! Thank you, Lord! Please continue to pray with us that we may successfully recruit some good candidates for both boy and girl helpers. It is so exciting – and so encouraging – when this sort of thing happens. Once again, Thank you, Lord!
Also, some responses through the internet have already come to us from campers who want to come to camp this year. Please – especially – remember to pray for all the children whom our Lord will send to Camp Del-Haven this year! Pray that He prepares their hearts to sit under sound teaching of the pure truth of the gospel of the glory, only, of the Lord Jesus Christ. All our efforts to “evangelize” the souls that the Savior sends to us – will be completely fruitless without the Holy Spirit of God going before us and directing our path; and it is He that leads His people to earnestly and prayerfully seek Him to do so. He does it all! This is why you all are so important to us! Once again – remember – God has orchestrated it so that this ministry was founded on prayer – and it has been sustained for 6+ decades by prayer! Thank you, dear ones, for your faithfulness in praying with us and for us. We love you…and we pray for you as well.