“Let all their wickedness come before Thee; And deal with them as Thou hast dealt with me for all my transgressions; for my groans are many, and my heart is faint.”
Sad news. Glad news. Bad news. God is the same, praise His Holy Name! July. Independence Day. Let freedom ring!
Praise the Lord!
They came from everywhere, pillows from the south and towels from the north. I hesitate using the word “rain”, but it is accurate in telling you how the pillows kept coming and coming, adding to the already generous response from last month. Most of them were collected and then hand delivered to GODTEL from some Nederland folks. Thank you, Shiloh and Jody. We enjoyed your visit and thank you, again, for your generous giving. They brought more than the pillows-all treasures for a homeless mission. Every bed has a new pillow and a few are on the shelf, ready, when needed.
We, also, had towels “flood” into GODTEL this month. Wow! One afternoon we had a delivery from South Dakota. It seems that the northern part of our family answered the call for dryer southerners. So, thank you, Tom and Tricia. When are you moving back to Texas? We have beds available and plenty of towels to dry you off.
Car Mart had a box fan drive. They called us and asked if we would like to have them. We answered yes and picked them up. We sure appreciate these fans. From last year’s use and old age several of our fans quit just before the summer season. So you can imagine our thankfulness and cool thoughts for this local business. Perfect timing, don’t you think? Or God is in control?!
July began and ended with the passing of several friends and acquaintances. James was killed in a tragic truck accident. He worked at all three GODTEL locations. Then he “retired”. Martin called and went by to check on James and his wife, Jerrie, and helped when he could. Jerrie has moved to be with family. We will miss them both.
We met Terry in 2009. He stayed only a few days. He came back September 2012. While here he went through and completed the Jobs For Life session we had at GODTEL. We were glad when he became a part of our team. Terry resigned the end of March in 2014. He was plagued with an alcohol addiction. We would not hear from him for long periods of time. The last time he landed on our steps Terry said he needed help. It broke our hearts to see him in such a desperate condition. Martin said yes and told Terry he would have to stay on property and work for GODTEL for his room and board. He agreed.
Terry was doing well. He had plans for his son to come and stay for a few days before school started. He woke up one day and felt bad. A few days later Martin suggested that he go to the doctor. He thought he had heat exhaustion. Thursday night after curfew an ambulance was called to GODTEL-Terry was taken to the hospital. He died early Saturday morning. He had a lung infection that developed into sepsis and traveled to his kidneys and heart. Please pray for Terry’s son, TJ. He is 14 years old.
We will miss Terry. But we were able to use this sad incident to remind everybody that we are not promised tomorrow. (Proverbs 27:1) Today is the day that we have to say yes to the Lord. Today is the day to serve the Lord. Today is the day to praise and worship our awesome God. Today is the day to pray for TJ.
The women’s dorm bathroom was completed. The new paint on the walls compliments the new tile floor. Meanwhile, in the men’s dorm bathroom there was some vandalism. We believe two of the younger men decided to practice their skate board skills in the bathroom. Tiles were cracked and replaced more than once. They have both left-and no more acts of destruction have happened.
Our numbers continued to rise. We had 94 people this past month. Our Lufkin temperatures continued to rise just short of 100 degrees. (although we are there now) The women’s dorm was full. Martin made some beds to make sure everyone had a place to sleep. Nine children and their parents were counted in the population. Folks came in groups and left in groups. Or they trickled in one by one and broke rules one by one.
Four hurting people were waiting on a bed at a rehabilitation center. Only one made it there.
Todd and his wife, Jenet, came up and worked at our mission on their vacation. I call that cool! The plan was to strip, wax and seal floors in the women’s dorm. Plumbing came first. Then the floors. Wow! They are shiny. He ended his stay with some auto repair. Thank you, Jackson family.
Praise the Lord news. The Nacogdoches GODTEL has received a grant to build a new building at the Jordan Street location. Floor plans, city codes, decisions, dirt work, cement slab, frame work, plumbing, electrical, windows, doors, insulation, sheet rock and inspections-all this and more. But we are excited. Bring on the nails and hammers…
What is red, green, juicy and cold with black “polka dots”? Twenty-nine watermelons-that’s what. We were blessed when a man drove up and unloaded this summer taste delight. And we did enjoy every bite.
Hot or cold; rain or drought; our God is ever faithful. Hot or cold; rain or drought; we know we have faithful partners in you. You keep our hearts warm with cool thoughts as we go through these summer days.
Remember; stay cool. Stay in the word.
Because of Him we serve,
Martin and Mary Baker
So You’ll Know
Total helped-94 people
Praise the Lord!
“The Lord’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22 & 23