“The Lord is a zealous and avenging God; the Lord is avenging and very angry. The Lord takes vengeance against his foes; he sustains his rage against his enemies. The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will certainly not allow the wicked to go unpunished. Nahum 1:2-3
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Praise the Lord!
January? What winter? February-28 days plus one. Yea! Leap year!
Praise the Lord!
“The Lord is good-indeed, he is a fortress in time of distress, and he protects those who seek refuge in him.
December gave way to January and a new year. I was going to write that the new year came in quietly, but our neighborhood celebrated with bells and whistles, loud ones, also known as fire crackers. We survived the night and woke up with little rest in our energy packs.
Kaiza bid us adieu early this past month. One afternoon she received a call informing her of the death of her grandfather. The arrangements were made and one of her family came and picked her up. She was to be gone a day or two. Several days passed and we got a call from Kaiza saying she was going to stay with family.
We thank the Lord for Kaiza. We cheered her through the Mosaic Center session and her graduation. We appreciate her staying through the holidays. It can be very busy and hectic from Thanksgiving until after the new year and we need all the help we can get. She was a big help in the kitchen. She worked in our warehouse taking cans out of boxes and putting them on the shelves in an organized fashion. We are glad that she is able to be with her family. Pray that she will continue to grow and glow in service to the Lord. Pray that she will get the job that God has for her. We will miss her hard work and willing spirit.
Our guest cooks started the new year with us. We enjoyed pork chops, chili, homemade chicken soup, lasagna, potato soup, and spaghetti. We so appreciate these folks, from all walks of life, taking time out to plan, prepare, bring and serve the hungry people at GODTEL. And some of these friends stay and bring a Bible study at 7:00 pm. No matter the day they come or the menu they bring we see the love and service they have for the Lord. What a pleasing and appetizing start to a new year.
Birthdays abounded in the month of January. Sisters and nieces added another year to their rising ages. The most fun birthday celebration, however, was the second birthday of our youngest granddaughter, Emily. She is a delight-full of wonder and life. She loves to “read”. She is quite an accomplished jumper. She and her daddy have many adventures. They recently attended a car show. I don’t know if Emily has an interest in cars, but she definitely has a lot of love for her daddy. Her mother is pretty cool, too. They cook together creating snacks and meals fit for a princess and her family. Plus mothers are our forever cheerleaders. Martin and I have three grandchildren-all perfect and wonderful blessings from the Lord.
Misti and her children are still here. Late in the month Crystal and her son, E.J., checked in. It is helpful to have other moms and school age children here. They can help them out with school information and childcare opportunities.
Resident Tommy had his two sons for a weekend visit. They were friendly and obeyed their dad. Jeanne’s son has, also, made a few weekend trips to be with his mom. Jeanne is one of our new jobs people. She works at Cheddars. We pray she continues to do well, save her money and respond to the Lord. As long as rules are followed we welcome these visits. Of course, the parent has the earlier curfew while their children are here. But I haven’t heard any complaints. And, besides, they are just grateful to have this time with their family.
“Jesus-The One and Only” by Beth Moore is the new Bible study we are doing in the Wednesday morning gatherings I attend. It is convicting and comforting. It is insightful and teaches us so much that we have not thought of or things we need to be reminded of in our walk with Him.
January begins the tax season. Have you considered praying for the accountants, bookkeepers and interns as they sort and figure and punch in numbers-all in an effort to accurately calculate your refund or, worse, your tax payment? I know several of these number loving people. They really do work hard. From January through April 15th, or later, they hardly see their families. And then they probably only see them as numbers jumping all over the house. If that is not enough to compel you to pray for these brave men and women-remember-they, also, have to keep up with all the new tax laws. So: pray-pray-pray.
Remember when the tax collectors asked Peter if Jesus pays the temple tax? Peter answered yes. So when he entered the house, Jesus asked him, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes-from their sons or from others?” “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the sons are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” Matthew 17:24-27 Do you think we could drop a line into one of these nearby lakes and catch that denarius eating fish?
We never find it taxing to thank you-our supporters, friends, volunteers and prayer warriors for your partnership in this ministry of sharing the gospel of Jesus to all who come through our doors.
Because of Him we serve,
Martin and Mary Baker
P.S. If you really care for your accountant-leave the shoebox at home and take your receipts in an organized and neat folder. Better yet-maybe a jump drive.