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November 1, 2019

Hello Friends:

“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:

Over the past three weeks I have been visiting New York City Mennonite Churches and Kevin has been visiting our friends in Pennsylvania.  On Wednesday we sat down to catch up.  We were both overwhelmed with gratitude for the support that Camp Deerpark enjoys from both communities.  I told of visiting the Evangelical Garifuna Manhattan church on Sunday evening.  They have been blessed to share space with Greater Hood Memorial AME Zion on 146th Street in Harlem.  The mother church meets in the sanctuary on Sunday morning, but what is typical of NYC church buildings, three additional churches use the space on Sunday as well.  Also typical of a NYC church, there is practically no parking.  I had brought a box of pears from the trees here at camp as well as a computer bag and wanted to double park while I took my items in.  I did not know that a bus runs down that block every three minutes and double parking is absolutely not allowed.  I was in the bathroom when Allen said, “Ken, give me your keys.  I have to move your car.”  A few minutes later Allen handed me my keys.  He had found me a spot and I was all set.  The hospitality I received continued until I walked out the door. Dio made sure my presentation was ready to go on the projector and translated for me.  Nubia made sure all of the papers were passed out.  Pastor Elvis even encouraged the church to take a second offering after most of the members had already filled out faith commitment forms.  I drove back to camp grateful that I had not received a parking ticket and grateful to have wonderful supporting churches.

Kevin told of visiting a couple to thank them for their support over the past years.  They asked if he wanted to stay for dinner.  With a pleasant surprised look he said, “Yes, please.”  They had a great time getting to know each other personally and catching up with the camp ministry.  As he was walking to his car, they came out and called him back in.  “We want to pray for you before you leave.”  They love camp and will continue to look for ways to be more involved.

We are grateful for your prayers and your love for this ministry.  It is physically impossible for us to visit everyone every year, but if you would appreciate a visit from Kevin or me please let us know. 

Praise God With Us For:

  • The 2020 calendar is at the press and should be in your hands by Thanksgiving.  I appreciate the work that Janice puts in every year to make that calendar happen.
  • The theme for next summer is set: Ephesians 2:10.  Please pray for Kevin as he develops the program for next summer.
  • Kevin Geissinger who is here at camp this week installing the gas lines in the program center. 
  • The enthusiastic support of Camp Deerpark from our owner churches in the city.
  • Competent and dedicated staff.

Please Pray For:

  • Bowmansville Mennonite Church youth who will be here at camp cutting firewood this weekend.
  • Jeanne Bauta and the prayer intercessors from Living Word Church who arrived at camp this morning at 7AM and will be fasting and praying today and tomorrow.
  • The women from Evangelical Garifuna Brooklyn who will be here this weekend for a retreat.
  • The Cruz family who will have a personal retreat this weekend in Promise Woods.
  • The folks from Destinations International who will be here at camp next week Monday –Wednesday for their annual retreat.
  • Mercersburg Mennonite Church youth who will be at camp cutting firewood next weekend.
  • There are a lot of moving parts to the program center construction project right now.  We need all the help we can get to complete that project.  Please keep it in your prayers.
  • Please continue to pray for the Clark Food Equipment foundation grant application.  Pray that God will show us favor through that grant.  Also if you know of anyone who is employed by Clark and is also a camp supporter, it helps our cause.  We already have one person.

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

Blessings,

Ken Bontrager, Executive Director