As we come unto the final months of another year in the ministry of Camp Del-Haven – we find ourselves praying earnestly that the Lord will grant that we be able to – once again — have regular camp sessions in 2022. Make no mistake about it, our God is in sovereign control over all our circumstances – whether we judge them to be good, or to be bad. All our “times” – have been, and are, in His hand for to do all His will and good pleasure. From Ps.31:15 David is inspired by the Holy Spirit to say: “My times are in thy hand – deliver me from the hand of mine enemies – and from them that persecute me.” Therefore, it is totally appropriate for us to prayerfully seek from God, our Savior, His deliverance from our adverse circumstances. Prayer is the activity of His yielded and still children as they exercise their patient waiting for Him to hear and to answer their desperate supplications! From Ps.50:15 God tells us: “Call upon me in the day of trouble – I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me!
This is also why each and every month we need you — more than anything else – to continue to pray for all the campers that our sovereign Lord and Leader has sent to us to faithfully declare and deliver to them the pure truth of God’s everlasting gospel of His great grace. Like all of us – they need His daily protection, preservation and strength in order to make it safely through this fallen and sinful world. And, of course, please do not forget to pray for all of the young people that are our staff helpers. Don’t forget – all of us are in essence volunteers. This means that none of us are paid salaries. This means we are constantly facing turn overs where our staff is concerned. This is only normal. It is the Lord who also continues to supply this all important need (Phil.4:19)! Please do not forget to pray with us — in regards to this ongoing matter.
We give earnest thanks to our ever faithful God for your continual financial support whereby we are able to maintain the monthly expenses of the camp property and utilities. We recently had to hire some tree service professionals to deal with some additional real threats of having more damage occur on some more of our buildings. This situation we spotted after our attention was aroused due to what happened to the roof of our Cabin Two! We had to have 12 more trees cut down and four trees expertly trimmed in order to remove the real threat of damage to our Dining Hall, Restroom Facility, Shelter House and Jeff and Leslie’s Home. This put us back by $4250! This did not include the removal of the tree trunks and all the piles of brush. So, we are faced with the awesome job of cleaning up the mess. So, please pray that we safely see this task through to its completion. Thank you all! We love and pray for you.
“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God
by the death of His Son – much more –
being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life!” [Ro.5:11]
Well, dear ones, we are now experiencing some real nice weather. And, that means we here at Del-Haven can – more comfortably – get things done around the whole campground. As we embark on the season of Fall – we anticipate the wonders and colors that will come with it. Already our trees are showing signs of becoming brilliant by the way they will reflect only what God can do with the splendor of the Autumn leaves!
My dear praying friends, our thoughts and prayers do continually go out to the children that have gone through our camp schedule that is literally filled up with the proclamation of the Word of the Truth of the Gospel. For two years now – we have not been able to have a regular camp session. Please do not forget to pray concerning this matter. Pray for the children – and pray for our Country – and for that matter, our whole world! Pray that our sovereign God would be pleased to lift off of us this plague – as well as all of the lies that have been spun as the result of it.
Also, once again, please do not forget to pray for all of our helpers that have been so loyal to us in the way that they were looking forward to coming back every summer to serve the Lord in helping in our ministry. This has been beneficial in their Christian Walk as well as the boys and girls under their charge. Our hearts continually go out to these dear ones.
We want you to know how much we are so thankful to our Lord for all of you who have shown your continual support – both in prayers and gifts – throughout the stifling effects of the last two years due to the plague. Oh Lord! Please set us free from this untoward time! Do this for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ! Amen.
Well, dear ones, as we come to another end of the camp season we are – naturally — somewhat perplexed about our future. However, like the song says: “I know not what – the future holds – but I know who holds the future! It’s a secret – known only to Him.” And, this is the reality. Our sovereign God is both Omniscient and All-powerful and He knows our needs before we do! We can (and do) trust Him. This is His ministry! We are His servants!
Once again, we want to tell you how much we thank you for your faithfulness in prayerfully supporting us. It is a great encouragement to know you are supporting us in your prayers and supplications.
Please continue to pray earnestly for all the children that the Lord has sent through our camp program. And, don’t give up on the real possibility that we will once again be able to implement our regular camp program. Of course, we must always pray, even when we pray for one another, remember to pray in the overall context of – “if the Lord will”. So, please pray for our boys and girls – and please pray for our staff and their helpers – that they be safe from harm or sickness and that they be strengthened and encouraged by the Holy Spirit!
Also, remember in your praying – pray for all the family groups that have responded to our invitations to come spend a big part of the day here at Del-Haven. Right up front I present the everlasting gospel unto them all. The last group we ministered to was the largest group yet! Fifteen people showed up – and all but four were brand new! The Lord may be introducing us to another whole new approach Del-Haven Ministry. Pray with us about this possibility. Thank you – we love you.
Well, dear ones, we continue to minister to scheduled families that come out to Del-Haven for hours at a time to experience what a day of camp can include. From Bible Class to Campfire along with swimming and fishing and other outdoor recreation – which also includes craft making – the whole family can enjoy themselves while getting a taste of the Del-Haven Ministry!
As the Lord continues to lead and provide – we continue to plug along and proclaim the pure truth of His wonderful gospel message. Please keep us in your faithful prayers as we make progress as best we can.
We have some wonderful news to report concerning the huge hackberry tree that fell on our Cabin two. Some men from the First Baptist Church of Oak Grove showed up early Monday – July 5th – and replaced the whole roof of the Cabin! Not just repaired it – but replaced it! Once again, the Lord has provided for us an outstanding example of Eph.3:20-21! To God be the glory!
As a result of this good work, however, we do need someone with a machine (a skid steer loader) that can help us bury the shingles pile that we have left over. Please be in prayer with us where this need is concerned. We would greatly appreciate it.
And, of course, in your earnest prayers – please do not forget to include all the campers that we have ministered to – along with our staff leaders and helpers. This world is definitely not our ally.
These soldiers in the Lord’s army need our continual prayerful support – just as we all do! May we be led by the Spirit to faithfully hold them up to Him who is our strength and shield.
Thank you – we love you.
Well, dear ones, we are still faced with the restrictions of our present situation. However, in spite of that, we rejoice in the way that our God and heavenly Father continues to reveal His presence through your faithful prayers and support. Our Lord is still on His throne – in sovereign rule and authority – no matter what! Praise His Name! We have several families that have responded to our offer to allow them to come out (with their children) for a block of specified time and then be able to experience Del-Haven Camp activities like fishing, swimming, hiking, crafts, etc. And, of course, that also includes Bible Class as well. This way we have an added opportunity to present – to announce – the Gospel of the glory, only, of our Lord Jesus Christ – the only Sovereign Savior Substitute that there ever was, is, or ever will be! What a Joy! So, dear ones, please pray that our Lord will give hearing ears and seeing eyes unto — even the parents and care providers of the children.
Don’t forget, please, to pray – always – for the boys and girls that have gone through our gospel camp program…and the young staff helpers that are living and going to school through these un-certain days and times. Pray that they remember their memory verses and that the Spirit of God will enlighten their understanding of His Word to their hearts and minds.
In the midst of everything that’s been going on – a recent storm – with strong winds – managed to blow down a large Hackberry tree on to one of our cabins. It put a hole in the roof. This is the first time in 69 years that something like this has ever happened. Please pray for the Lords leading and meeting of the need to repair the damage to the cabin. Already, the loving and loyal friends of First Baptist Church of Oak Grove have been and still are — on the case. Thank you Lord Jesus for them!
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]