“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely…”
August-unusually high rain amounts. August-unusually low temperatures for a summer month.
So You’ll Know:
Total helped-60 people
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, anyway.
“…whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-
meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Innocent or Guilty-what say you, the Jury? My day was not that exciting or dramatic.
My first day of August was spent at the Angelina County Courthouse. Three juries needed to be picked from the jury pool. I was not selected for any of the cases presented to us that day.
As we climbed the stairs and entered the doors of the courthouse we had to remove all metal from our pockets and go through the metal detectors. Up the stairs and into the courtroom we went. This was Judge Paul White’s Courtroom. The whole day-the whole process-was totally interesting to me. It was like having a refresher course of high school government. I was glad I went-no warrants coming to my door.
Congratulations to Christi. She has worked and earned her way back to “licensed driver status”.
Way to go, ladies! We have eggs. Home grown eggs. So far the most one day count has been 9 eggs. Most of them have been put in the frying pan and eaten and yielded big smiles on the director’s face. The residents are waiting for the egg production to increase so they can cluck and flap their wings after a delicious scrambled egg meal.
~Their summer of discontent~
This summer we had quite a few of the younger generation residing at GODTEL. Even with major layoffs there is still employment to be had in Lufkin. Young and healthy, physically able to work folks, but… somehow days turned into weeks and these young adults still had no jobs.
The hot and humid days continued. Instead of looking for work many of the folks headed to the parks and water parks. They skipped meals. They did not volunteer for chores. And the smoke deck was flooded with griping and complaining. All the while Dolores was faithful to go to the kitchen every day and prepare meals to feed the residents. Dan and Christi shared laundry duty washing their clothes twice a week.
August arrived. Some of these young people were given a time frame to get a job. A few did. Some were asked to leave for breaking the rules. And some left because there was no one to pull into the “discontent” gang. It is a constant battle we have with the enemy-not to be sucked into the world of griping, complaining and not being thankful for what we have.
~Funny but true~
One of the main complainers comes back to GODTEL to eat meals. I praise God that He loves me and that I love Him and I can turn around and serve a plate of food to this young man with a smile on my face and peace in my heart.
Two women, at different times of the month, checked in with plans to go to drug rehab. Vicky has been here several times with a desire to get out of the cycle of addiction. She has, also, been to rehab a few times. Two places could not accept her for other health reasons. One place was willing to take her but it would be a week or two. As that day got closer and closer there was, on her part, another delay in her departure. She started acting suspicious. We had to test her for drug use. She was positive. She had to leave.
Trisha came from Kirbyville. A sheriff’s deputy brought her. She, too, was tired of living the life of an addict. She had no prior experience at a drug rehab facility. Christi worked with her. They made calls to ADAC (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council). A case worker there set up an intake interview time. After that meeting the caseworker made calls to various places. And soon she was headed for help. Please pray for both these girls. Our hearts truly go out to them. We know Jesus is THE life changer. And we know that He uses different means to do that.
Dora and her son, Eli, got here late July. He celebrated his first birthday while living here. Dora said she planned on getting a job. She would leave in the morning and return for lunch and an afternoon nap for Eli. She felt like she had to have a perfectly quiet child in Bible study. We know children that age want to move and ”talk”-we understand. But her concern got the better of her and she started to complain. She became a part of the group I talked about earlier. She would let other residents hold her child. She became less attentive to him. She would leave early, miss the meals and make it back just in time for evening Bible Study. One morning she left in the middle of Bible Study. She went upstairs to the dorm. She was told to return or move out. She moved out.
Broken people. Hurting people. Angry people. Discontented people. Disobedient people. Weak people. Redeemed people. Forgiven people. We all need the Lord.
We are not discontented. BUT we are VERY contented to say thank you to you, our supporters. We are still here serving the Lord and ministering to the souls God sends through our doors. We appreciate your partnership with us.
The school year has started. Pray for our teachers, bus drivers, school administration, cafeteria workers-all pieces of the public education process. And, most of all, the students.
August birthdays include: Greta, Bro. June, Paula, Doug, Paul, Peggy
Because of Him we serve,
Martin and Mary Baker
Stay cool. Stay in the Word.