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
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!
Well, dear ones, we want to thank you all for all your prayers that this 65th year of Camp Del-Haven would have a blessed Open House Celebration – because we did. The Lord heard and answered all our prayers in this regard. The food was good – the fellowship was good – the testimonies of God’s presence were good! We that were there can heartily declare, “He doeth all things well.” Praise His Name!
Now – we begin the wonderful process of two renovation projects that we have needed for quite sometime. They are the renovation projects of the kitchen and the shower house/restrooms building. Here, as well, our Lord has heard and answered our supplications concerning these things. Please continue to pray for the safety and guidance of the men and women who will have a part in completing these tasks. It truly is wonderful to see the hand of the Lord leading this ministry the way we do! Thank you for your continual prayers.
When you remember us in your prayers – please remember to pray for the campers, their parents (or care providers) and their grandparents. This last Open House get together showed us how our Lord God has used Del-Haven in a generational way to touch and change lives. “This is the Lord’s doing – it is marvelous in our eyes!” [Ps.118:23]
Well, dear friends and family in Christ, while September has brought some very nice days here at Del-Haven – we all need to continue to be in earnest prayer for all our friends, family and all the poor victims of the horrendous weather that has hit Texas and Florida! Ps.50:15 sounds out a very encouraging message: “Call upon me in the day of trouble – I will deliver thee – and thou shalt glorify me.” Oh Lord, please bring speedy relief and recovery to all who are in dire straits from the destruction and catastrophic loss due to the recent storms. Bring thy will and good pleasure to pass for their eternal good – and thy eternal glory. We pray this in the Name of Jesus – Amen.
Please, dear ones, continue to pray for Del-Haven and all the youngsters that the Lord delivered over to the hearing of the gospel of His glory and grace this past camp season. Also, please do not forget to be praying for those that presently serve (and those that will serve) on our staff. I cannot stress enough the spiritual battle that rages around them (and all of us) in our present culture. None of us – by ourselves – are a match for the evil one – or, this evil world – or, even our own fallen flesh. We need to be in constant prayer for each other. And, more than anything – we need the almighty strength and preservation of our all governing Savior and Lord! He is our strong and mighty tower!
Just a need reminder: Please continue to pray that the Lord will supply another Brush-Hog mower – to replace the one that came to its final end this past season. The Lord commands us to cast all our care on Him – for He cares for us. Thank you all for being there. We love you.
Well, dear ones, we have successfully completed our 65th year of Del-Haven camps. We can truly say that the Lord has brought us this far – by faith. Every prayer that as been – by the leading of the Holy Spirit – to be prayed – by all of you and by all of us – has been the true spiritual resource of strength, sustenance and preservation. We continually thank our Lord for all of you and every aspect of support that you have been led to provide. We truly do love you all!
Please be in continual prayer for all the children that the Lord sent to us this summer – and for all the staff that He, also, sent to help us. As long as we are in this fallen world – we need to be praying for one another! Not only is it a testimony of our love for one another – but it is a testimony of the fact that we truly are in God’s precious family. Jesus says: “Men ought always to pray – and not to faint.” [Lk.18:1]
Dear friends, things have been so busy in all of our preparation for this summer’s camp program that we are having to make this prayer letter to cover two months instead of just one. Even so, our 65th Del-Haven Camp season has officially kicked off! Our Lord has heard our prayers and answered them in a wonderful way! Last week’s 6 to 8 year old camp went just wonderful. It is so precious to see the enthusiasm in the way that these little children respond when they are quoting their scriptural memory verses and singing the camp gospel songs. Their eyes just light up with the joy of the Lord. They are a living testimony of God’s Word from Zeph.3:17 “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save – He will rejoice over thee with joy!”
We have an older girls camp (ages 9 to 12) in operation this week. Please remember to pray for us and them – that our Lord will protect, prepare, provide and produce as only He can — through our ministering unto them. Prayer accomplishes the will of our God! Praise His Name!
Dear ones, we do have a pressing need that has come upon us just this month. Our brush-hog mower – that we use so much in keeping ahead of the real rough mowing that we need to do – has broken completely down. Like everything in this world – it has come to its end. So – like how we got this one that has served us for so many years – please pray that we be granted another brush-hog. If any of you know of anyone who has no more use for one — that still has some life in it – please call us – 816-690-8465 or 277-7071. Lord willing we will be able to replace this much needed piece of equipment.
As always – please be in prayer that our Lord will continue to supply the financial wherewithal for us to meet our monthly expenses. Prayer has been earnestly engaged from the beginning of this ministry – and it is what is directly connected to its ongoing life support. Your support of us – is the Lord’s support of us. Even if you cannot give anything – it is your prayers that provide for us! We thank you for that show of love to us that comes through them. We live day to day – week to week – month to month – as our Lord and Savior provides. He is ever faithful through us unto each other. We love and pray for you as well.