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December 1, 2017
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Hello Friends,

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you. Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you. Be sober, be watchful..I Peter 5:6-8.  

Thank you for caring about Camp Deerpark and casting those cares at the throne of God.   

What’s Going On at Camp Deerpark:

With the Thanksgiving holiday it has been a few weeks since Camp Deerpark has been full with retreat guests.  However, there has been plenty of action here.  Ben and Gideon continue to work on Promise Woods cabin #1.  They are pushing to have the roof on and the building enclosed before snow.  The office staff are working hard at getting the 2018 calendar out to you.  If for some reason you do not receive one please email the camp office and Barb will be happy to put one in the mail to you.  Kevin is planning for next summer and is already recruiting summer staff.  And of course we had the annual Camp Deerpark Thanksgiving Day football game.  The Freedom Farmers were greatly missed this year.  However, the game had representatives from France, Georgia, Virginia, North Dakota, Ohio, and of course New York.

Praise God With Us For:

  • Kenton Baer who is here at camp this week working at completing the renovations to motel #1
  • John Nolt of Nolt Electric who volunteered for a day this past week preparing cabin #4 for electrical inspection.
  • Another great board meeting on November 18th.  Camp Deerpark is blessed to have a committed group of board members who are taking full responsibility for this ministry.  We are grateful for the service of Brian Murray and Lillian Flores who are leaving the board, for Daniel Angustia and Grace Smith who have committed to another three year term, and we welcome Victor Mendez who joined the board on the 18th.
  • The donation of a mini-van this week.  The van will be used to take pressure off of the larger, more expensive to operate, 15 passenger van.
  • All of the children here at Camp Deerpark bring me personally much joy and play an important role in showing hospitality to the children that visit with their parents.  Congratulations to Noah for turning 8 and to Jack for running a great race in the Tel Hai Camp Turkey Trot. 

Please Pray For:

  • A young man named Leonard who will be joining our staff as an intern on Saturday morning.  We have some details to work out with his arrangement, but we are grateful for the help that he will bring to the Promise Woods cabin project.  Please pray for Leonard as he transitions to life at Camp Deerpark.
  • The 2018 Camp Deerpark calendars arrived today and will be out in the mail on Monday.  Please pray that God will touch the hearts of the camp community and all will give generously and with joy to our end of the year Christmas fund appeal.
  • Pastor Raymond Ramos and the men from Recovery House of Worship who will be retreating here next weekend.
  • The history book committee will be meeting on December 10.  We still have much work to do to pull together 50 years of Camp Deerpark history.  Pray for energy for the team.
  • We continue to need six families to commit to host weekends here at Camp Deerpark.

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


Ken Bontrager

Executive Director