“ When you look at others with their lands and gold, think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold; Count your many blessings, money cannot buy your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.”
October continued its fall teasing temperatures. We call this season “still summer”. But we do have hope that fall and winter will catch up with us.
So You’ll Know:
Total helped-46 people
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
GODTEL was on the road again this past month. The first Sunday Martin visited First Baptist Church. GODTEL was invited to be part of their “Called” event. Tables were set up of different ministries in town as well as Baptist ministries. The representatives attended the morning worship service. After that, a meal was served and folks visited the different ministry tables in between bites. Martin had a wonderful time.
Next stop on the road was a Saturday at Carpenter’s Way Church. A youth weekend was going on and we were, once again, sharing about GODTEL. Homelessness is not a popular subject with young people but there were questions asked and literature given away to those who stopped at our table. We enjoy going out and meeting new people and sharing what God is doing at GODTEL.
We continued our road trip to a Fall Resource Fair put on by Child Protective Services hosted by Southside Baptist Church. It was a Wednesday morning when Christi and I loaded the Windstar with our pamphlets, newsletters and display board to join the other agencies and ministries in a fact swapping mission. And boy did we swap. We brought home brochures and pamphlets and handouts of all kinds to help our residents in time of need. Christi has organized and put this information in two loose leaf notebooks. They are parked on Christi’s desk. Thank you, Christi, for helping us to be more efficient.
Our guest cooks did not fall down on the job. October meals included sloppy joes, chicken spaghetti, pork chops, pizza, baked chicken with rice, another helping of baked chicken with mashed potatoes and taco soup. All delicious and yummy to eat. Ole!
From time to time Martin and I reminisce the early years at Lufkin GODTEL. One day in September I got a call from Pam (she had stayed here back in the 1990’s). She called to say that she was coming to Lufkin after living in Tennessee for twenty years. She has two brothers who live here and it was time to come for a visit. She asked if she could come by GODTEL for a visit. Of course I said yes. It is always encouraging to see and hear from folks who have come through our doors no matter how long (or short) ago it was.
The day arrived. Pam’s brother drove her to GODTEL. We had quite a time catching up on each other’s news. We talked about the “new buildings”. We ate lunch in the big room. We talked about what God has been doing in our lives. We talked about football. We shared opinions on political issues and candidates. We talked about the election and working the poles. She shared how her husband was at her side when she was very ill. How loving and patient and attentive he was while she could do nothing for herself. And how good God is. I hope it isn’t another twenty years before Pam’s next trip to Texas and Lufkin.
The Name Game-we had 3 Christopher’s. Perry first name and Perry last name. Fruits weighed in with Berry and Appleman hoping for no Rash and lots of Grace. Two Jones’, not related. We got no guff from Goff and had enough Kash to buy some Kahle. We end with Robert Lewis but no Stevenson.
Chris started working with an electrical company early in the month. Laura works at Cybershield. Chelsea is still working at Pilot. We get excited when people are working.
Beulah was left on our doorstep late Sunday evening. She just wanted to go home. We tried to find a family member to come pick her up. She couldn’t remember any phone numbers. We called the police to see if there was a missing person’s report. No, she was not missing. The next morning we called the police again. Then we called Adult Protective Services. She was in their system. Before a caseworker could get here she left. It is heartbreaking. We did what we could. APS did what they could. Beulah needs our prayers.
Jessica changed hats. This week she is in the kitchen while Dolores is on a much earned vacation. Cheryl has stepped into the laundry room to wash the residents’clothes.
Trevor is waiting on a start date for his job at United Parcel Service so he has been helping around here. He has even practiced welding which he went to school to learn.
As usual, some residents had to move out because they broke the rules. The use of alcohol and drugs are the main reasons people are told to leave. Several moved out upon receiving their checks. One man moved out because he had saved enough from his paychecks.
October is Breast Cancer month. We saw pink everywhere we went. I was invited to the Power of Pink Luncheon in Lufkin. Even with rain in the forecast, the banquet room was filled with tables. The chairs were filled with women of different ages, sizes and ethnic backgrounds, reminding us that cancer is an equal opportunity disease. There were a few brave men in attendance, also. We heard stories from survivors and a few who are currently receiving treatment. The food was delicious, catered by Brookshire Bros., and the entertainment was lively. We heard the staggering statistics of new diagnoses per year. And the encouraging numbers of survivors. We were told the importance of regular exams resulting in early treatments and happier endings. It was a good day.
Chicken update: no more sick hens. And no interruption of egg laying. Praise the Lord.
We are coming up on election day, Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Day. We have much to be thankful for.
Even though this election season has definitely been one for the records-we still have the freedom, the right and the responsibility to cast our votes. If you haven’t already voted-see you at the poles!
We don’t have to be in the pink to say thank you to all who pray, give and serve at GODTEL. Thank you!
Because of Him we serve,
Martin and Mary Baker
2:00 pm Bible Study and Meal
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Count your many blessings,
see what God has done!