“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is ever before me.” Psalm 51:1-3
Count your blessings. Name them one by one. Count your many blessings and see what God has done. Like falling leaves we had a bushel full of October blessings.
Praise the Lord!
Christi starts our October news. She began her month with neck surgery. Bright and early Thursday morning, October 1st, Christi and I headed to the hospital. Nurses came in. Doctors came in. IV’s were started-ouch! Surgery went well. She was in a room by lunch time. Christi spent one night in the hospital. She was quite the fashion queen with her high necked collar and people were waiting on her hand and foot. There was a lot of prayer for the pain she was in. BUT it was not her previous neck pain just the “after surgery” pain (as I call it).
Patti moved into Christi’s room for the duration. She was a tremendous help. When the doctor released Christi from her queenly collar Patti moved back to her room in the women’s dorm. Not for long…
Wedding bells were heard on the last day of the month. Bobby and Patti were married in a small ceremony. It was raining outside but no one noticed as we witnessed, before God, promises made from one man and one woman to each other in the sacred union of Holy Matrimony. Please pray with us that they will always stand for and stand on the word of the Lord as they grow in their love for Him and each other.
Thank you to Burley Primary School for gathering and delivering canned goods to GODTEL. The teacher who brought the cans apologized for the small amount. My heart was quite full and I assured her that this is just the beginning of young students learning about reaching out and giving to others.
DETAB, also, made a trip and another and another with cans of goodies to put on our pantry shelves. We have been the blessed recipients of their annual canned food drive for several years. Another thank you and blessing for GODTEL.
Our guest cooks were in place this month with wonderful meals. We ate pulled pork sandwiches, spaghetti, chili dogs, pizza, frito pie, chili and barbeque sandwiches. Satisfied appetites, desserts and fine fellowship were on the menu, too. What more could you ask for?
12th-Mosaic Center Graduation. Go, Kaiza!
2:00 pm Bible study and meal
Guests and volunteers welcome!
One of our mothers and her two children moved out to a home of her own and started a new job. Candace said good-bye and made the long bus ride home to Maryland. Brrr!
Rule #12. Personal Conduct:
No fighting; no gambling; no stealing; no lying; no loaning; no borrowing.
Through the years we have met a lot of people. We have experienced many different situations. We have heard “all” the stories you can imagine. Just about the time you think you are immune to any new experiences, watch out! Here it comes.
It was a Sunday evening. We had had a very busy evening. Four women checked in and the evening meal was served and chores were getting done. Bible Study was at 7:00 pm. After Bible study Kay (not her real name) asked Terry (not her real name) , who had a car, to drive her to Wal-Mart. Terry told her she couldn’t because she has children and her curfew was 8:00 pm. To be nice she handed Kay the keys to her car.
Yes, you read that right. Nine o’clock curfew came and Kay and the car were not back. Almost 10:00 pm and the car and driver were still missing. The police were called. They said they would drive to Wal-Mart and see if they could locate the car. It was safe and sound at the Wal-Mart parking lot, but Kay was not to be found. The police came back and picked up Terry who had another set of keys. She drove her car home.
I do not know why this flabbergasted and befuddled me. Terry just handed the keys to a total stranger. Then we found out that Terry was starting a new job the next day. All the “what ifs” came to my mind. I had to let go of this episode. I still shake my head and wonder when I think of it, but I realize that the biggest blessing this month is that God is in control. I don’t know why, but I am glad that our Heavenly Father poured His amazing and generous mercy upon Terry. She is safe. Her children are safe. And she still owns a car which provides much needed transportation.
Kay was found with added troubles of her own. The original keys have been returned to Terry and Kay is heading home to Dallas. Terry and her children moved to a place of their own.
Meet Tammy. She is waiting on an apartment in town. While here she has been a big help. She has been seen helping Barbara in the laundry room. She pops up in the kitchen with willing hands. And she has an encouraging smile.
So you see, we have many blessings to count this month.
Lest you think we have forgotten the blessing of our supporters-never fear-you at the top of our list. Thank you.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. Remember to hug a veteran and save a hug or two for your family.
Because of Him we serve,
Martin and Mary Baker
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.” Psalm 51:10-11
So You’ll Know – October 2015
Total helped-71 people
Praise the Lord!