“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”
So You’ll Know:
Total helped-50 people
Praise the Lord!
April showers. April flowers. April headaches. April allergies. April taxes. April blessings!
Praise the Lord!
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
No foolin’. The first day of April our helper Chris moved out. He came to the decision that it was time for him to move on. He loaded his truck and moved out. Pray for Chris.
Christi took her last pill of an “every day for twelve weeks” regimen to rid her of Hepatitis C. It was a rough ride for all of us. The treatment is compared to taking chemo. Christi would wake up with a different body reaction everyday. She journaled. She cried in pain. Some days she threatened to stop taking the pills. We prayed. We survived. And God gets the victory. So we celebrate and praise the Lord for “good riddance” of her Hepatitis C. No foolin’.
CORRECTION: Last month I told you about resident Mike…first correction-his name is James. Second correction-he is only missing one foot. My mistakes don’t change the point I was making- which is that there is something that everybody can do. Physical limitations may slow you down but they don’t STOP you from living and working. James has moved out now. He was a blessing and a big help to GODTEL. Thank you, James, for your help and willing attitude.
Goulash, frito pies, chicken spaghetti, pork loin sandwiches, chili dogs and seasoned baked chicken were the meals prepared and served by our guest cooks this past month. Wonderfully delicious memories…
For three sessions during our 7:00 pm Bible study Jerry came and presented basic money management. Love in the Name of Christ has put this most important and valuable information together. Through scripture we are told to be wise and responsible with our money. Writing checks, filling out deposit slips, reconciling bank statements, borrowing money, paying bills, saving money-all these were presented to the residents with scriptures to back them up. What’s in your wallet?
The key hole gardens continue to do well. The rain this year has come at just the right times. We are ready to see the reds, greens and yellows of our labor.
The chicks are growing and growing. Baby fuzz has transformed into fluttering feathers. When the gate is opened for feeding and watering they run and hide. When they think they are alone the games begin. It is a test to see who is the leader of the pack. Dirt whirlwinds can be seen as the chickens stir up the dirt floor of the pen. Hay keeps them warm and is a great place to hide. Summertime is the projected dateline for home grown eggs to make their appearance. A taste treat for sure!
Martin made a trip to west Texas to visit his uncle Gerald. Gerald is only two weeks older than Martin so you can guess that they were more like brothers than uncle and nephew. No matter where they were Martin and Gerald were side by side in boyhood pranks, wrestling fights and yard work for parents and grandparents.
While Martin was gone Joseph came to help. Joseph was on our staff for six years until he moved out in 2014 to help his folks. He got here and it was like he had never left. Alas, when Martin returned to Lufkin Joseph returned to San Augustine. Thank you, Joseph. We appreciate your help.
This story happens more often than we want. Tommy and his family, wife and two sons, checked in early April. The boys are in school. Tommy receives a check and his wife was looking for work. A few days into their stay the parents were tested and found positive for drugs. Because of the boys, mercy was extended to the parents. Tommy and his wife were told not to leave the property. Sadly, that didn’t last long. Tommy’s wife decided she could not follow the new restriction. She moved out. We strongly suspected that Tommy was still using drugs but for the sake of the boys we allowed them to stay until Tommy received his check at the first of this month. Please pray for this family. They need a Saviour. They need Jesus.
Thank you, Parkview Baptist Church, for the umbrellas. It wasn’t raining when you brought them, but it wasn’t long until they had to be opened up and used. Not to mention-we had to keep those tasty rice krispie treats dry.
We look forward to May with spring days, green grass, colorful flowers, big shade trees, graduations, Memorial Day and more.
There is nothing backward in our thanks to you for your support this past month. We look forward to another month of housing and feeding the homeless while sharing the gospel message twice a day to those who come through our doors.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”
Because of Him we serve,
Martin and Mary Baker