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When the News Hits Close to Home

Last week 2 helicopters fly over the historic castle at Glen Eyrie every 30 seconds in an effort to contain the fire and protect this sacred place. (photo by Jack McQueeney)

When a big catastrophe hits the news it can often seem distant and far away. But the recent fires in Colorado and in particular the fires around Colorado Springs are very close and personal. The reason is my close friend Jack McQueeney and the ministry he leads, the Navigator’s Glen Eyrie Group (which includes Eagle Lake camp and Glen Eyrie conference center), have been in midst of this horrific fire.

Jack’s demonstrated great faith and courageous leadership during what he has said is the “worst thing that I’ve ever, ever, ever seen!” Please read and pray through his list of prayers below, though the fires contained they have much to do in recovery. Then consider doing two things that would bless Jack and his team.

First, post this blog to your Facebook and encourage others to pray.

Second, go to the Glen Eyrie Facebook page by clicking here and share words of encouragement and support.

Shared Suffering, Shared Comfort

Prayer Requests for Glen Eyrie, Eagle Lake, and the Navigator Family

from Jack McQueeney, Executive Director, the Glen Eyrie Group

” . . . just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. . . [God] will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our

–2 Corinthians 1:7, 10,11


  1. Pray for the 50 kids that received Christ during the first few weeks of camp, and for the more than 2,400 disappointed ones who wanted to be with us at Eagle Lake this summer. (We had to cancel our on-site camp season.)
  2. Pray for the morale of Eagle Lake summer staff who will be leaving for home and our displaced Glen Eyrie and Eagle Lake full-time staff.
  3. Pray for the seven Navigator staff families who have lost their homes. Dozens more are still evacuated.
  4. Thank the Lord for Focus on the Family who has provided temporary office space. Pray that our essential service staff team and the many others working from home would be able to take care of critical operations.
  5. Offer a prayer of thankfulness for the host families that took in our evacuated staff. They are feeding them, providing housing, and ministering to them.
  6. Pray that we would know how to be light and salt to others as we work through our own grief.
  7. Praise God for His hand upon our properties. So far it seems we have little structural damage but serious smoke issues.
  8. Pray for us to have wisdom, discernment, and the favor of God as we begin to look forward in hope towards the great amount of work before us.
  9. Pray that we would stand shoulder to shoulder through this and that God would continue to watch over and protect us. Isaiah 41:10
  10. Let’s continue to pray together for the men and women who are still battling this fire.

Our trust is in the faithfulness and character of God. Psalm 145:3,4 says, “Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.”

We trust God to preserve the history of His work in this place from one generation to another, but we also recognize that He is doing something new. We resolutely continue to trust that Jesus is at work, and His plans are always for our good.

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