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January 31, 2020

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:

I am very grateful that you take the time to pray for Camp Deerpark and the folks that we have the opportunity to minister to every weekend.  I try to have a photo that connects with a story.  I am sorry, I am short on photos over the past few weeks.  Great things have been happening here at camp, but I was not on the ball with the camera. 

Over the past two weeks a few situations have come to my attention that involve people who have been wounded by their experience here at Camp Deerpark.  I of course will not go into detail.  I ask first that you pray for the people who have been hurt.  Pray for their healing and that God will give them the grace to forgive.  Second, I ask that you pray for me, our board, and our staff as we work toward having solid policies and practices in place that will protect all of our campers, guests, volunteers, and staff.  Finally, ask that you pray for wisdom as we move forward in being agents in healing.  A core value here at Camp Deerpark is that we will express the love of Jesus and biblical principles by fostering Christian community.  We want to be an organization that takes the lead in resolving conflicts, opening communication, and strengthening relationships.  

Thank you for joining me in praying for healing in our community.

Praise God With Us For:

  • An amazing weekend with the youth from United Revival.  Pastor Moises Angustia reported that God did some amazing work in the lives of the youth.
  • A great time of fellowship with Nathan and the folks from Shalom Project. It was a joy to have them in our home for a few meals.
  • We are still on pace to close on the Mehr property February 6th.  We had some hurdles to jump this week, but are back on track.  Please continue to keep that in your prayers.
  • Leonard’s family came last weekend to help with the installation of the fire alarm system in the program center. 
  • The plumbing pressure test was completed today.  The next critical step is final rough in electrical inspection. 
  • Leonard continues to host Frank in his home.  God is working in both of their lives as they share this time together. Please keep Frank in your prayers. 

Please Pray For:

  • Pastor Raymond Ramos whose step son Joseph died in a car accident last Friday.  The funeral will be tomorrow. 
  • Next weekend the folks from Shiloh Baptist Church will be here for a retreat.
  • Next Saturday we will have our regular Camp Board meeting.  We will be adding three new members to our board.  Pray for wisdom as our board gives leadership to this ministry.
  • We are still down a car for Kevin and me to use for travel.  Pray that God will provide exactly what we need.
  • Please continue to pray for the Clark Food Equipment foundation grant application.  Pray that God will show us favor through that grant.
  • Over the past year the funding for the program center has stayed ahead of the construction costs.  We are now at the point where funds are extremely low and we want to keep moving on construction.  Pray that God will provide the funds we need to keep moving.

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


Ken Bontrager, Executive Director