“Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.” Psalms 143:1&4
It is amazing how much activity can fit into a mere twenty eight days. Texas weather kept us guessing from one day to the next on our wardrobe choices. And God was ever faithful to us as we walked through each day serving Him.
Nine guest cooks stood and delivered some mighty fine meals. We ate beef spaghetti and chicken spaghetti. We were saying, “gracias,” after we ate three south-of-the-border meals of tacos, taco salad and taco soup. Then one evening we had hot dogs and beans. Another evening we enjoyed beans and rice. Homemade chicken pot pie and peach cobbler were served. Then we had a sausage and cabbage casserole to round out the delicious meals we had this past month. Our bellies were full and content when we got up from the table.
The drug court alumni returned with another serving of goodie bags and fellowship.
Praise the Lord!
With as many people as we have staying here our “new jobs” number is too low. Most of our folks aren’t able to work. A few are not serious about finding work. And some are just waiting for their next month’s check or another hand out. Through the Bible studies that we present twice daily our desire is for the residents to learn about the Lord and choose a better life for themselves. The best part is that they don’t have to do the “driving”, God is the perfect “navigator”, don’t you know?!
Spring chores are going on at GODTEL. The garden has been tilled. The dirt has been fertilized. And red potatoes have been planted in the ground. The yard is showing signs that it, too, needs a trim. Time to service and crank up the lawn mowers.
We haven’t shut down the heaters, yet. The winter season is lingering longer than usual. Sweaters, coats, gloves and warm hats are still walking around here.
The front two offices have been emptied. The floors have been mopped, stripped, waxed and sealed. Furniture has been put back in place and the rooms are in use again. Come see the fresh new faces in the front building.
Martin and I made a quick one day trip to Nederland and back for a shareholders meeting. We did get to see our son and grandchildren. The business and family are all doing well. We praise God for such sweet blessings.
Luther checked in early January. He had a job and just needed a little time to save up money to get his own place. One day he came into my office and told me that he had lost his job. On the way home he stopped in at another business and before the end of that day he had another job. Praise God. Each payday he put money in the GODTEL safe and by mid-February he moved out into his own place. Luther has stopped by to say hi and eat with us a time or two. What a blessing to share this positive story with you.
This was Deidra’s second time at GODTEL. This time she was waiting for a bed in a rehab facility. While she was here she was restricted to the property. We kept her busy. The kitchen was spotless. The women’s dorm was neat and clean. Her attitude was most encouraging. She finally got the call. She will be gone about 6-9 months. She may return to Lufkin. She might not. Either way we hope she seeks God’s guidance on this matter.
John, also, has been here before. He, too, was waiting on a bed at a rehab facility. While here, John was most helpful. Martin appreciated his help around GODTEL. We don’t always have work opportunities for those who are “waiting,” but when we do–chores are done and projects are completed. Most of all we desire a heart change for these two who are trying to have victory over their addictions. And we know that JESUS is the WAY. You are in our prayers, John and Deidra.
One Tuesday evening we took a break and drove down to Livingston. We were invited to attend a concert showcasing local talent from PolkCounty. It was a fundraiser for Relay for Life-cancer research and services for patients. Bro. June was one of the performers. And so was his son, Josiah. All those who performed were very good. We had a very pleasant night out. Thank you for inviting us, Nancy and Bro. June.
There were birthdays galore in February. Presidents Washington and Lincoln were remembered… Our nephew added another year to his resume. But the cutest celebrants were our great nieces-Alia, Sydney and Falyn.
March events include: spring break, St. Patrick’s Day and daylight savings. Maybe the real spring season will arrive on time.
Spring, winter, summer or fall I am glad my God is always on time and right where He is suppose to be. And I am thankful for you-our supporters. Thank you for sharing your blessings with us, prayer requests and gifts. God IS good.
Because of Him we serve,
Martin and Mary Baker
“Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust:
cause me to know the way wherein I should walk;
for I lift up my soul unto thee. “ Psalm 143:8