”I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known
thy faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 89:1
July-hot-hotter-hottest. God’s grace-ABOVE AND BEYOND! Hot-hotter-hottest-August. And still God’s grace continues.
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Total helped-40 people
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
“For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever; thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.”
The July heat did not stop the Lord’s work at GODTEL and all the credit is God’s, that’s for sure.
The month started with guest cooks from First Assembly of God Church. The Spanish youth did it again!. They planned and prepared another delicious, mouth watering Mexican meal. The barbeque sandwiches were not far behind. We ate hamburgers and pizza and chicken fajitas and more chicken and pizza. Thank you to our guest cooks who supplied these “take-in” meals.
Just before Bible study on Monday night Christi came from her apartment. She said there was water on the floor. Martin quickly headed to Dolores’ and Christi’s place. Sure enough-water was everywhere. The hot water heater had sprung a leak. He grabbed some help to try to turn off the hot water valve. It was too hard to get to. Martin had to turn the water off at the meter until after Bible study.
Bible study ended a little bit earlier than usual and Bro. June and Martin went back to the heater crisis. It took a lot of muscle and groaning but the guys finally pulled the hot water heater out of the apartment. Martin could then reach the turn off valve and shut the hot water off to the apartment. Then he turned the water back on at the meter-making the women happy that they could take their night time showers and flush the toilets.
Bright and early Tuesday morning Martin headed to Lowe’s and purchased another heater. Martin and the guys were installing it only to find that the new heater was damaged. Martin went back to the store to exchange it. Then there was some “connecting” problems to work out. A trip to Oliver Plumbing solved that problem. The story does have a happy ending-Dolores and Christi had hot and cold running water by the end of the day. Praise the Lord.
It was early Sunday morning. Martin got up and was heading to Shipley’s Donuts when he saw glass on the ground in front of our office window. He walked over to investigate and sure enough someone had broken the window. God is good. The windows in our office building are double glass. Only the outside piece of glass was shattered. How neat is that?!
Angelina Glass was called and the men came and took measurements. The glass had to be ordered so we put a piece of cardboard up until the men could come back to install the new glass. For a few days my office seemed darker but I am back in the light now.
The police were called. We gave them names of possible suspects (disgruntled former residents). We will probably never know who broke our window. I am thankful that they did not get through the second layer of glass and nothing was stolen. God is in control.
July was not all bad news. Martin and I got to have time with our Nederland grandchildren. It was a Tuesday afternoon when we drove south. We stayed the night with our son and his family. Paul left early to a Bible study. Then we roused Kristen and Blaine from their sleep and headed towards the San Jacinto Monument about 7:30 am. After some minor navigational glitches we arrived at the Lynchburg Ferry. We loaded onto the ferry and rode across to the monument area. We boarded and toured the USS Battleship Texas first. I know it is not the biggest ship, but it is pretty big. I would encourage you to take a trip to see the ship. It bares the name Texas, but it has been all over the world and been involved in many historical events.
We then headed to the San Jacinto Monument. Whether you are native born or transplanted “Texan” it is a must to check out our amazing and colorful state history. The park area is shady and pretty. Plenty of trees and picnic tables to enjoy. And, of course, there is the gift store. Temptation like you wouldn’t believe. We drove home to Lufkin-Blaine, Kristen, Martin and myself.
The fun did not stop there. Friday and Saturday we were invited to a friend’s place up toward Rusk. They have a cabin and a pond filled with fish. Martin, Blaine and I did some fish catchin’. Our hosts prepared and served us three yummy meals. One of them was the fish that we caught ourselves. Poor Kristen was inside with an allergy attack. But she got to watch us pull in the fish. I don’t think she thought she was missing much. We left with tired bodies and smiles on our faces.
Alas-all good times come to an end. Our son, Paul, came in early Sunday morning. After church we had a taco lunch and the child and grandchildren left for home and another full week of vacation activities ahead of them.
When we started the month of July, Martin and I had three beautiful and perfect grandchildren. By the end of the first week of July, we had four beautiful and perfect grandchildren. Lauren Renee joined our family July 7, 2016. We made a quick visit down to see her. She looks like her older sister. And she is beautiful and perfect.
Thank you for your beautiful and perfect support.
Happy BIRTHday, Lauren
Happy Birthday, Kristen
Happy Birthday, Amanda
Stay cool. Stay in the Word.
Because of Him we serve,
Martin and Mary Baker