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May 17, 2019

“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,…” Philippians 1:27 - 2018 Theme

Please keep Camp Deerpark and our team in your prayers as we strive to be faithful.

What’s Going On at Camp Deerpark:

There are no words that I can think of to describe how busy the past two weeks have been here at Camp Deerpark.  Thank you for your prayers of safety.  I want you to take a close look at the two photos and try to understand the miracle that has happened.  Two weeks ago the forms for the foundation walls were not even completely in place and we were feeling the pressure.  On Tuesday night David Beiler along with his son's Dave and Michael of Stony Creek Builders arrived to pour concrete.  On Wednesday morning they poured the concrete floor for cabin #2 and then moved over to help prepare for the program center.  By Wednesday night at 10 PM Ben and I ended our day.  The moon was out and we were ready for concrete at 7AM on Thursday morning.  The second photo was taken this morning.  In the past two weeks we have installled all of the under-floor plumbing, moved approximately 200 yards of fill dirt from a spot above the barn to the program center site, back filled the program center with dirt and gravel (being careful to pack it every 6 inches), leveled the gravel, installed two inches of foam insulation, installed wire, and poured concrete.  Due to break down with the concrete truck company, and pending rain, we were not able to pour the porch floor this morning.  The Beilers are planning to come back in two weeks to finish the porch.  With all of the rain and set backs the past two weeks have been a miracle.  I am very grateful for Ben, Sean, Paul, Connor, and the Beilers for all of their work.  Also grateful for Rick and Elijah in the kitchen who were flexible in providing meals when the workers could take a break.  Before the Beilers left this moring Ben and I met with them briefly to offer their work as an act of worship to God.  May God be glorified.

Praise God With Us For:

  • It was a great joy to visit the Garifuna Church in Houston on Friday night.  It felt like being at home.  I very much enjoyed the opportunity to sit with former summer staff, Nixon and Onan after their service.  3 John 1:4 says, "No greater joy can I have than this, to hear that my children follow the truth."  For me to remember those two young men when they were first on summer staff and to see them now, walking with God.  I can fully agree with John.  There is no greater joy.
  • As mentioned above, the work and attitude of the Beiler family.  Also grateful for Charlie Martin for making that connection 10 years ago.
  • For a zero turn mower that has been donated.  This is a smaller machine than we were hoping for so we are still in need of a larger commercial mower, but this will fill an important role in mowing now.
  • Again this morning I received a phone call from someone reading the history book, “Forever God is Faithful”. If you would like a book there are several options.  1. You can go to Amazon and purchase the Kindle version for $10.  2. You can go to the Camp Deerpark web site and purchase a hard copy for $19.  3. You can order a high resolution PDF for $10.
  • Kevin is pretty much set with his summer staff.  Please keep Kevin in your prayers as he plans out all of the summer details.

Please Pray For:

  • Louisa and the women from Recovery House of Worship who will be retreating here at camp.  As you may know Recovery House often brings women who are seeking.  Pray that God will meet them as they seek God.
  • Jim Palmer and the youth from CYO will be here this weekend.  Their retreat is much more centered around fun and simply being in nature.  Please pray for their safety as they play.
  • A team of folks from the Carlisle building crew will be here on Saturday to meet with Ben to go over their construction project.
  • On Sunday-Wednesday Pedro Melendez and several leaders from the Unity Church will be here praying and fasting regarding their church ministry plans.
  • While we were able to hit a very important milestone with finishing the concrete floor on the program center.  We still have a lot of work to do in the next four weeks to be ready for the Carlisle building crew.
  • Please pray that God will send the college age young adults who will be a good fit for our Peace Camp June 9-15.

Thank you so much for your prayers for the children, youth, and families of New York City.


Ken Bontrager, Executive Director