Pray for our Camps
Pray for safety at camp
Pray for safety of all campers and staff as they engage in the many outdoor adventure activities at Black Diamond camps.
Pray for salvation for all
Pray for salvation of all campers and staff as they engage with the Word of God at Black Diamond camps.
Pray for safe travels for all
Pray for safe travels for all campers, parents, summer staff and camp leaders as they journey to and from camp.
Pray for hearts and minds
Pray for the hearts and minds of youth that they will receive God’s message and plan for their lives.
Pray for wisdom and guidance
Pray for wisdom and guidance as we work through issues and resolves conflicts with parties who seek to counter or limit God’s work at Black Diamond.
Pray for emotional or spiritual needs
Pray for emotional or spiritual needs of campers and that God will reveal those to our staff and counselors and that they will find the right words and deeds needed effectively help them.
Pray for summer staff and counselors
Pray for summer staff and counselors who interact with campers for wisdom and inspiration as they impart the Word of God to campers.
Pray for our executive staff and administration
Pray for our executive staff and administration throughout the year and that God will provide ample rest, relaxation and energy they need in spite of the hectic summer schedules they keep.
Of all who prayed, few were more fiercely faithful than a humble little lady from the Ozarks,
Grace Mae Ettinger, 1910 – 2013.
A Warrior’s Story
Safety and Salvation are our prayers for every camper. Here’s how that came to be.
By Anthony Scott
Eagle Adventure Camps, Founder
Of all the things that sustain our camps, prayers are the most vital. Our camps are a result of them. Each day we are blessed with an abundance of prayers rising to the Heavens on our behalf. Of all who prayed for our ministry, few were a more fiercely faithful than a humble little lady from the Ozarks named, Grace Mae Ettinger – who also happens to be my grandmother.
Passionate about our ministry, Grandma Grace prayed diligently and tirelessly for our camps from the time they were just a spark of an idea until she drew her very last breath. A devoted supporter, she often volunteered at camp, and one summer was assigned to the nurses’ station. As I passed by one afternoon, I found her sitting quietly alone in an empty station, seemingly lost in thought……
Grandma Grace’s example taught us to believe mightily in the power of prayer. Today her inspiring words, SAFETY & SALVATION, appear on our business cards.
“Slow day, huh, Grandma?” I inquired. “Oh no, I’m quite busy”, she replied. I started to chuckle, but her look gave me pause. “Oh?” I said. “How so?” “Anthony”, she replied, “You have hundreds of kids here from all sorts of circumstances doing all sorts of things like climbing cliffs, riding bikes on rocky trails, and jumping into the river and all. I am praying for the SAFETY of each of them – and more importantly, I’m praying for their SALVATION. It takes me a bit of time, so I best get back to it”, she said, “Oh, and I pray for you, too.”
But I knew that already. Her faithfulness and lifetime of missionary, volunteer and church work is the stuff of legend. She was a light sleeper who put her insomnia to use by praying at night for each of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren along with their spouses – by name – without missing a one.
Her 100th birthday was celebrated at Camp Eagle where the natural beauty of God’s creation reminded the old country gal of her Missouri Ozark Mountain roots. She went to her reward a few years later at age 103, and I’m quite certain that she faithfully intercedes for us with her Savior to this day. I am grateful that she lived long enough to see the fruits of her faithfulness and many of the blessings God has bestowed upon our camp ministry.
Grandma Grace’s example taught us to believe mightily in the power of prayer and to appreciate those who faithfully remember us in their daily pleadings. Her favorite verse was Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” She believed it, lived it and influenced our camps with her faithful example. Today her inspiring words, SAFETY and SALVATION, appear on our business cards and in presentations to those we ask to support our camp ministry.
To all who support our camps with your prayers, deeds, and resources, we THANK YOU. Your faithfulness and diligence are answers to our prayers. Our camps wouldn’t be where they are today without them.
Eagle Adventure Camps, Founder
Join our Black Diamond Prayer Warriors.
We invite you to become one of our “Prayer Warriors”. This is not a formal organization, just an informal group who pray for our camps. You can join in just by praying for our ministry. If you feel led, we’d love for you to share who you are and how you came to pray for our camps. In any case, we are very, very grateful for your prayers on our behalf.
Follow Our Prayer Blog
This is a new feature where we will post prayer requests and stories about how God meets our needs. Answers to prayer are exciting stuff and our hope is to share them with you to help bring us all closer to God. Join us on our journey as we learn to talk with God about anything, anytime, anywhere.