“That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” John 1:9
As November thanksgiving gave way to December joy we stayed busy and full the past thirty days. Food, trips and visits filled the month, also.
Praise the Lord!
December 25, 2014
Bible Study and Meal-10:00 am
Guests and volunteers welcome!
Thanksgiving Day was marvelous. We counted 70 or more for the gathering at Lufkin GODTEL. This number includes all the residents, volunteers and guests from the community. The tradition continues…on Wednesday evening after dinner and clean up the ever faithful Alpha Beta Chi ladies came and decorated our big room. It was a fall festival scene to behold.
The day began with folks coming into the kitchen ready to work. Brown and serve rolls were buttered. Fresh fruit was cut and made into salad. The hams and turkeys were sliced. A green bean casserole or two were put together. A broccoli and cheese casserole came in. Dressing, gravy and yam casserole were not far behind. Desserts were cut and arranged. Tea was brewed, sweet and un-sweet. A tour and questions and stories took place in the “in between” times. We had local folks. We had out of town folks. Angelina County was well represented as was Spring, Duncanville and Houston, Texas. No matter where they came from we met new friends and visited with the old friends.
I won’t keep you waiting any longer. The bell rang at 2:00 pm. A short Bible study was presented by Bro. June Gentry. And then we served the bounty of goodness until all were content. The rest of the day was relaxing with movies to watch, football games on the radio and a nap or two. Finger food was put out in the evening, just in case anyone was hungry or just needed to snack.
The good eating did not stop on Thanksgiving day. Our guest cooks treated us well with pizza, ham, meat loaf, chicken salad sandwiches, lasagna and pork chops. And those were just the main dishes. Add the sides and desserts and you have many reasons to be thankful at GODTEL this past month. It’s not the food we are thankful for-it is the blessing that people thought of us and spent time and money and themselves to give to others.
Canned goods came from Parkview Baptist Church and the Pioneer Club. The residents had an evening out. They were picked up by Faith Family Church for an early Thanksgiving celebration. They, also, came home with coats and undergarments. Now they are warm all over. We visited the Lone Star 4-H Club one evening. We shared information about GODTEL. We saw some familiar faces and met some new folks. It was a most pleasant visit.
We asked Joseph to come and help while Martin and I made a quick trip to Austin to attend the wedding of our niece, Calista. Her husband’s name is Christopher. There was a family from afar and friends, too, as we came together to witness the joining of Calista and Chris in marriage. We pray they will have years together.
Then it was I who got to attend a surprise for a sweet young lady one Saturday afternoon. This celebration was to celebrate her high school graduation and her 18th birthday. The surprise was a success and the fellowship was such a blessing. Stories were told and scriptures shared to lead and guide her in this new chapter of her life.
These blessings sustained us this past month. We had our first experience with K-2. This is a new brain damaging drug. One Sunday Martin was in the kitchen preparing lunch. Suddenly he heard a ruckus in the hallway. One of the men was down on his hands and knees in pain and vomiting. The news spread quickly and we were informed that he had used this K-2. We let him stay the night and sleep and then leave the next day. The saddest part of this story is that he has a wife and daughter and another child on the way. She stayed, but he had to leave. Later in the week she made arrangements to go home to her parents. She is divorcing him. It is heartbreaking to see young people-single or married-messing up so badly that it affects the rest of their lives. If only…
If only they would see and know and acknowledge that they need a savior-Jesus. They want a father, a perfect Heavenly Father, to love, forgive, and protect them. And they need a teacher, the Holy Spirit, who can nurture and guide them through life and in service to God. GODTEL offers this opportunity through our twice daily Bible studies. We obey knowing that God does the yielding of souls into His kingdom.
HOPE is there for the taking. We celebrate His birthday this month. The baby Jesus who came down from above for me, for us. With this in mind we wish you ALL a very merry CHRISTmas. He truly is the reason for the season and the reason for life itself.
CHRISTmas joy to all from Martin and Mary Baker
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
Check it out. It will do your heart good. Until next year…
“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:5