“In the beginning was the Word … and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” John 1:1, 14
Thanksgiving at our three missions was very gratifying. We were assisted by more than 55 volunteers in feeding a bounteous Thanksgiving meal to over 200 people.
We seek to be thankful every day for all God has done for us, but we are most grateful that He became a man in order to pay the penalty for our sins, enabling us to spend eternity in Heaven with Him. That is what we teach at our missions and that is what we celebrate at Christmas.
Just as we had a special devotion and meal at each of our three missions on Thanksgiving Day, we will repeat the process on Christmas Day. You are welcome to come celebrate with us. The times are 10:00 a.m. at the Lufkin mission (for a fabulous brunch following the devotion), 12:00 noon at the Nacogdoches shelter, and 2:00 p.m. at the Livingston location.
The Ultimate Artist
As Bro. June and I drive from Livingston to Nacogdoches and back each week, I am in absolute awe of the magnificence of God’s “artwork” displayed in the myriad brilliant Autumn colors. One morning, as we drove east from our apartment (at the future site of the Nacogdoches mission) to our downtown location for the 7:00 a.m. Bible study, we beheld one of the most magnificent sunrises I have ever seen. Over and over all I could say was, “Wow, Lord. Oh, wow!” Many earthly artists have tried to recreate God’s handiwork but there is no way to reproduce the real thing. I think I will be speechless when I get to Heaven because the sights there will be far more glorious than the most magnificently beautiful sight here on earth. (The Bible does say John observed silence in Heaven for thirty minutes! Hmm-m, I wonder if that is why.)
Update on Rick
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Rick received his final chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Since he still has the abdominal feeding tube, he was not able to partake of the traditional Thanksgiving fare, but I know he was thankful to have those treatments at an end. He has lost a lot of weight—down to 130 lbs. Please continue to pray for him and his family.
A Hand Up Through Jesus
By Benita Woodmansee
It saddens my heart when ungrateful people come through our doors and are here for only a short time before realizing GODTEL is not the free ride they were looking for—and let everyone know by getting angry and finding fault. They often find people out in the community to tell their sad story to (with false accusations and “embellishments” about what we do here and how they are treated). I am surprised at how often people are willing to believe the lies told about GODTEL, never taking the time to check out the facts. Some even call to berate us and refuse to listen to reason.
I do pray for the people who misuse us and for the people who are “harmless” enough but who fail to be wise, allowing themselves to be used by greedy liars for wrongful gain. (Psalms 118:8)
I am always blessed when someone who has been lied to comes by or calls to check out the story they have been told and I am able to help them see the truth. We certainly do not give our residents everything they want (everyone must do daily chores and abide by house rules) as we seek to provide them with the necessities of life—the things they truly need (food, clothing, shelter, Truth from God, responsibility, and good work ethic).
GODTEL gives anyone a “hand up” through Jesus Christ. It is by the love and promises of God and His grace and mercy extended through GODTEL that those who come to us receive food and clothing. (Matthew 6:31-34)
Jesus, the Son of God/the Son of Man, had no place to lay His head (Matthew 8:20) but through GODTEL He offers you a place to lay your head and shelter. The shelter is not only from the weather, but also from the world and eternity in hell if you trust in and obey the Word of the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-6). With His helping hands, you’ll learn wisdom and knowledge (Proverbs 3:7, 16).
Take comfort in knowing that the love GODTEL has, and shares, is built on a true and solid foundation: Jesus Christ, for He is our foundation and the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20). He supports us through all kinds of trials and tribulations.
We try to be sure everyone we minister to will remember that Jesus is the answer for everything! (All answers are in the Bible.) We also endeavor to have them seriously think about this question: Is your life really worth living without Jesus? —Benita
The month of November was a blessed event as many different individuals and organizations gave us much to be thankful for in the way of food and other donations of needed items. What joy to have individuals drop by the mission to say hello and give a quick donation to help make our holidays brighter. We especially appreciate a visit from the Nacogdoches Fire Chief and a fellow firefighter.
Thanks also go to the following: Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary School, McMichael Middle School, Garrison Elementary, Various Fraternities, Sororities, and other organizations at SFA, CarMart, the Visitor’s Center, the Expo Center, KFC, Starbucks, Brookshire Brothers, Kroger, Shipley’s Donuts, and Jeff and Melba Tiller. The Tillers brought warm gloves for all our Nacogdoches mission residents. We appreciate the donation of a 1980 pickup truck from Jim and Mary Beth Garrett. As Bro. June applies his mechanical skills with much TLC, the pickup is running better and better. Thank you, Greg, for your frequent purchases of fried chicken. And, thanks to Pegi for keeping Mission-On-The-Hill clean and decorated.
In addition to our faithful regular supporters, we received several special large cash donations which will insure that we end this year “in the black” and be able to add more to our steadily-growing building fund for the relocation of the Nacogdoches mission. Glory to God!
We are very thankful to all of you who regularly pray, and give (no matter how much), and serve with us. May God bless you abundantly and often. We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration and that you enjoy a very meaningful and joyous Christmas!