April was a very eventful month at our Nacogdoches location. There were numerous volunteers helping in various ways and many individuals doing community service. We served over 3,700 meals to not only our residents but also to hungry people who dropped in to eat. We were interviewed by KSAU radio and we were filmed for a PBS Documentary, “One Square Mile: Texas”, to be aired in the fall. (For more information about the series and a trailer, including a couple of shots of GODTEL, go to: OSMTX.com.)
The film crew was here on a Sunday evening from 5:00 to 9:15 p.m. and Monday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. They shot about five hours of footage to be condensed down to about three minutes air time in the final product.
We enjoyed meeting Carl Crum and Michael “Ski” and watching them work. Carl and his wife Betsy (who was home with their two children) are the owners of Brazos Film & Video. All three of these individuals met at and graduated from SFA around fifteen years ago, and Ski knew our daughter, Joann, who began to attend there when she was just 16.
From here they went to film a segment in the Montrose area of Houston. We are looking forward to seeing the finished product and will try to let you know when our portion will air.
Earlier this year a former resident of our Livingston mission donated his old car to GODTEL. Since even before he moved out, just over two years ago, he has been working for the same employer and had saved up enough money to purchase a pickup truck. Rather than trade in his car, he decided to donate it to GODTEL because he wanted to show his appreciation for the help we had given him in the past.
Bro. June parked it in front of the mission with a “For Sale” sign on it. Several people looked at it over the next few days with no firm offer. The following Wednesday, when we returned from our weekly trip to Nacogdoches, there was a message on our answering machine from another former resident stating who she was and what her phone number was, along with the message that she wanted to purchase that car.
Leslie has been working two jobs since she moved out about a year ago and one of them is with home health care. Though she does have a car, it is not as reliable as she needs it to be and she figured that if she had two, at least one of them should be able to get her to work on time and to some training sessions she needs to attend in Huntsville.
We called her and she came right over with a down payment in hand so we would hold the car for her. Bro. June reduced the price of it, since she is diligently working and has a legitimate need. Two more weeks went by and she brought the rest of the money to pay for the car in full. As soon as she has enough money to pay for the title transfer, insurance, and inspection, we will give her the title and the car.
(Before the car can pass inspection, however, the turn signals need to repaired. A current resident, Rick Pensinger, has pitched in to do the work.)
We do appreciate the donation of this vehicle. Leslie was able to purchase a needed car very economically and the proceeds of its sale will help meet our monthly budget.
Last month I showed a picture of the storage room being added onto our Livingston office. When Rick got up on the roof to look at how to tie in the shingles, he noticed some problems with the old roof. It was in fair condition considering it is well over 20 years old and has survived several hurricanes. Since there were some obvious problems with the shingles however, the decision was made to re-roof the entire office along with the new addition. We are very grateful that there was enough money in our account to cover the cost of the new roof. Praise the Lord!
We thank God for His provision and for His faithful servants who co-labor with us by praying and giving of their time and finances to help us help the poor.
Thanks to Kroger & Curves
Curves of Nacogdoches, operated by Sharon Roberts, recently donated 1,055 pounds of food. Perhaps the ladies there can boast that they have collectively lost that many pounds.
For years the Kroger Co. has been preparing and selling Grocery “Hunger Bags” and donating them to GODTEL. As people check out with their groceries they can add around $5.00 ($3.00-$10.00) to pay for a bag containing needed items that we use to feed the hungry folks we serve at our shelter.
We are blessed to know these and so many other caring people who help us in practical ways and we pray that God will bless you abundantly.
Blueberry Festival Music
Bro. June and our GODTEL Musicians plan to be playing and singing at the Nacogdoches mission on June 8, 2013 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. We are preparing to sing oldies music from the 50’s and 60’s (some Elvis and Sinatra) but with a bit of a “twist” – the words have been altered to reflect a definite Christian message. We would love to visit with you, so come see us!